THE OUTSIDER WITH TIM SEBASTIAN
FROM SATURDAY, AUGUST 25TH at 8 pm
EXCLUSIVELY ON BLOOMBERG TV INDIA
From the far north of India to the country’s southernmost tip political dynasties carve up the political spoils. They appoint their spouses and hand down parliamentary seats to their sons and daughters as if they own them. Does this inject stability and continuity into the system or is it a fatal blow to democracy? The motion for the inaugural episode is:
POLITICS SHOULD NO LONGER BE A FAMILY BUSINESS
The Panelists: Sitaram Yechury (CPI–M), Sudheendra Kulkarni (BJP), Rita Bahuguna Joshi (Indian National Congress & Current President – UPCC) and Kalikesh Singh Deo (BJD)
New Delhi, Bloomberg TV India, the nation’s premier English business news channel and Sobo Films Pvt. Ltd today announced the launch of their mega debate series ‘THE OUTSIDER’ to be hosted by noted anchor and host TIM SEBASTIAN. The inaugural episode will go on air on Saturday, August 25th at 8 pm. All subsequent episodes will also be telecast on Saturday’s at 8 pm with a repeat telecast on Sunday 11 am & 9 pm and Wednesday 10.30 pm.
Sitaram Yechury of CPI (M) & Sudheendra Kulkarni of BJP will debate in favour of the motion and Rita Bahuguna Joshi of the Congress & Kalikesh Singh Deo of the Biju Janata Dal will debate against the motion.
Tim Sebastian kicks-off the debate with asking each panelist for their top three points in favour/against the motion and proceeds to state facts that go dead against their arguments and has the panel defending their statements.
Two polls were conducted amongst the studio audience. One on the trust or faith that they had in today’s politicians and the other was the audiences’ vote for the motion. The result for both was astounding.
Indian politicians, probably, have never before faced such blunt and incisive questioning at the hands of a debate host and an invited audience representing a mix of India’s best future minds and people from all walks of life.
The panelists had to respond to tough questions like:
Ø “Dynastic politics will always be a part of the system because you can’t stop anyone from following his/her parent’s footsteps. How can youth enter politics without a family name?”
Ø Elections are won on money and muscle power; not on merit. This is happening at the Corporation level and not just at the Parliamentary level! What are the parties doing to reform the electoral process?
Ø “What are political parties doing to create strong leadership”
Ø “What is being done to change the system, to cleanse it?”
Tune in to Bloomberg TV India on Saturday, August 25th at 8 pm and watch THE OUTSIDER to see how the politicians fared against the incisive, incessant and blunt questions fielded by Tim Sebastian and the astounding result of the audiences’ vote for the two polls conducted during the debate.