Only but the truth..
“Media is a canvas of different shades of truth – the whole truth, the half-truth and the lies – sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference”.
360 degree team roped in yet another pioneering personality, Dr Dilip Padgaonkar, a noted author and journalist, addressing on the “Storm in the political ocean”.
Much knowledge of what happens in our lives comes from the media. He elaborated that it is of critical importance that the public is aware of where the fact ends and the fiction begins thus posing a lot of stress on media literacy. Need of the hour is to build perspective and in the same regard given that the media is driven by personality, celebrity and drama he outlined seven major shifts in the locus of power.
First, there is a shift from the state to the market. Except CPM and AAP no other entity challenges the market in gaining control. Second, civil society has found exposure and there is a growing influence putting a big question mark on the ‘Janta hai’ trademark seen in the country. Third, there is a shift from the upper caste to lower down the ladder thus covering more mass of the population. Fourth, the transition from an older generation to a younger generation, which puts an onus on us to leverage this window of opportunity as it’s not going to last forever. Fifth there is a transition from a male centric India to a female centric India suggesting that the initially dormant half of the population is now getting empowered. Sixth is the change from a techno phobic India to a techno philic India and how the Indians are embracing technology these days. Lastly from a nonaligned country to a country determined to be multi aligned.
On a parting note Mr Padgaonkar divulged that India is not a seamless continuum and that the potential culture of every state is different and every state requires a different approach but at the same time there is a profound sense of unity that brings an Indian idea of modernity in the context. He appealed to look at the entire federal structure of the country in a different manner. His seasoned approach had left the audience spellbound and intrigued at the same time.