Satish Upadhyay, the President of BJP, Delhi unit, triggered the inquisitive minds at ITMI as he addressed the aspiring journalists in a recent interactive session. He had embarked his political career as a youth leader in ABVP and has now grown to be an influential personality in the field of politics.
Enlightening the students, he spoke about the role of media as a powerful and highly influential industry. He explained how every profession has to follow ethical norms to not just inculcate but also to retain public interest. He stressed on how particularly important it is for media to know when to conceal information regarding confidential matters and how it has caused disasters when media has acted otherwise.
Opening the house for a Q-A session, some real issues were brought into limelight by the students. These included the marketing strategies used by BJP in the recent Delhi elections and their analysis on why Kiran Bedi lost despite the image attached with her name in India. However, on being asked about his opinion on Uniform Civil Code, he expressed his concern about the exploitation that Muslim women face due to variation in the laws according to religion.
“Mana ki andhera Ghana hai, par kisne kaha diye jalana mana hai?” is what he quoted in context to education in government schools. He discussed how the authority was planning to bring government schools at par with the private schools by integrating smart classes and private administration into the system. He also emphasized the importance of basic concepts like hygiene, cleanliness, and working on the mentality of the students in government schools.
Students even asked him for a justification for banning the Pakistani artists, to which he said that it is often important to take such measures when national sentiment gets attached with an issue. It was difficult for him to comprehend why someone wouldn’t just agree to criticize something like terrorism.
Further, on the discussion about Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression, he expressed his dismay in context to how often it is misused and how self-regulation plays an important role in this. Also, stressing the importance of how political figures should pay more attention to the words they use to convey their message, he said “Every word has an age. Some words are forgotten the minute they are spoken, while others are remembered life long.”
The discussion also covered topics like upcoming Nagar Nigam elections, how the ruling party could handle the persisting water-borne diseases in Delhi . The 70 minute interactive session with the BJP member turned out to be quite interesting for both the sides. His experience in both media and politics made the discussion all the more stimulating.