Monday, July 21, 2008

First time on National Television - Rohini Nilekani

coming soon!

29 comments:

Col Murthy Rajan said...

I would certainly like to watch the show. I hope there is immense amount of public private partnership after watching the show.
All the best.Is is on every Sunday?
Regards,
Col.

UG2008 said...

Yes i am sure it will. Yes, the show will air every sunday at 9:30pm starting 27th July.

RS said...

Now, this is something I am definitely going to watch! I have seen Rohini lead by example.She has unconditionally supported a goood cause and idea whenever it has reached out to her. She has the objectivity and clarity to lead the 'uncommon ground' dialogue. Cheers! May her tribe grow!
Arundhati Nag

UG2008 said...

Thanks Arundhati

Akshara said...

Yes!!! I would like to watch this show very eagerly. A WOMEN who has inspired many with her committed vision.

ALL THE BEST WISHES MAM

Vijayalakshmi.H
Akshara, Dharwad

Anand said...

Yes! It would be very interesting to watch this interaction.Rohini,as usual,has hit the bull's eye--the need to collaborate .Rohini, the answers will fall in place automatically,Keep the questions alive! best of luck

meera padi

J. said...

yes, I m definitly going to watch this show, Best of luck Mam.


J.Nataraj.
Pratham Mysore

Ram said...

Great show, Rohini. It was very refreshing to see someone other than the usual 'plastic' mediapersons, whose main effort often is in getting their respondents to say sensational things. I liked the point Mukesh Ambani made about polluters paying for their pollution. While carbon credit trading is a step in this direction, it doesn't do enough to force development of newer green technologies. A penal 'tax' like the one Mukesh suggested, on high per-capita polluting countries, should go to less-polluting countries, specifically for developing new green technologies.

Renuka said...

Terrific idea - not as terrific on the execution. Put it down to nervousness for the first time on national TV, but I felt you were less than half your normal self. All three were trying hard to be PC. The lively parts were when you cornered Mukesh Ambani with the question about whether we have the right to pollute now since we didn't do it all these years.
Many ideas were thrown around, but couldn't be discussed thoroughly. Pachauri was a disappointment, Ambani is hardly your articulate industrialist. Look forward to the next one - where I hope you will do more of the talking! Good luck. Rohini, you rock! Renuka Raja Rao

Rohini said...

For my viewers, I must share that we had to edit down the shows to a mere 21 minutes, which certainly was too short for any very well rounded dialogue. In the process, we tried to keep a diverse set of points that Mukesh and Dr Pachauri made, on solar energy, natural gas, the opportunity for industry, governance and decentralised solutions, people's aspirations and lifestyles and finally, the opportunity for India to take a high moral ground in the international arena. I am hoping o put the entire transcript on the web, eventually. Please do keep watching the next episodes. The goal is to keep the platform for dialogue and debate alive. The show is only a small beginning.

Col Murthy Rajan said...

It started with slight nervousness at the beginning. There seemed to be a disconnect as one was representing a community and other a business and there was no commonality between the two.
Moreover there was no clear message at the end.
I am looking forward to the next episode.

Rakesh said...

Dear Rohini,
Can u get some one from ICICI and some big MFIs to meet each other and discuss how the latter discoverd, exploited and destroyed the very idea of Microfinance in India. It happened,because the culture of ICICI was not oriented to do business with NGOs. The microfinance Portfolio of ICICI runs to the tune of Rs 1200 crores but the circumstances and targets that went in to the disbursal has now left many of these MFIs in the lurch. They were given loans more than they could absorb, b cos of internal targets of ICICI, result bad debts, end result MFIs are the biggest losers now. Can our corporates learn to do business with NGOs ? Please explore further...

Rohini said...

Dear Rakesh - I have already shot an episode with Vijay Mahajan and Uday Kotak which will air later in the series and is focused on issues of microfinance. As I have said, the goal of this show is to get two minds to speak out loud and share their thoughts on India's pressing issues. I hope you like that episode.Thank you

rajivbee said...

We are indeed fortunate to have business groups such as the Mahindras & Tatas, who are leaders in corporate social responsibility, as leaders in the `organized development of localities' more commonly referred to as Townships and SEZs. Diversifying revenue streams is the only way forward for the development and betterment of India's poor rural farmers. Take the case example of Thai farmers who have revenue streams from tourism - such as working on golf courses. The debate on the right process forward emerges from the lack of inclusive planning and synchronized implementation, addressing all relevant details. Through this link I have tried to explain the way forward, with a focus on Maharashtra http://www.astrategies.com/pdf/advanced_strategies_for_Maharashtra

Ramesh said...

I have watched the 2 episodes and found it very good and refreshing. Feel that 21 minutes as Ms. Rohini herself has said is very short for such eminent people, an hour would probably be better. It will be nice if there is a follow-up on the points or take aways so that appropriate bodies or organisations can take action or corrective measures. This prog should not be just a tv show to watch but action for the betterment.

As somebody earlier had said it was nice to see a new face on TV, a knowledgeable / famous one at that.

The 2nd episode was more pointed, intense and appreciate the preparedness of Ms. Medha to take on Mr. Anand a knowledgeable CEO.

Cheers
RKR

Renuka said...

The second episode of the show was a cracker - enjoyed it vey much, en famille. The focus was sharp and clear, the dialogue crisp and coherent, and the anchor was at ease and very much in charge. The summing up at the close was also effective. Way to go, Ms Nilekani!
Looking fwd to the ensuing episodes.

Col Murthy Rajan said...

The second episode was much clearer and focused on land rights issue. There was a good discussion on development and displacement. It would have been good if there was someone from the goverment side to give their views, it could have been at the end(during the summing time)as SEZ falls in their purview.
Hats off to Rohini to pull this off in those 20 minutes. Hope we have many more of such discussions.

K SUGUNAN said...

Last day program with Medha Patkar was fantastic
continue the programme
best wishes from
www.kannurfestival.blogspot.com

Rohini said...

thank you for all your comments. I am truly grateful for all the participants who opened up their minds and hearts on a public platform. yes, i agree the tv show by itself is not enough. i promise you i am looking at many ways to keep the platform going. And all of you have your own role to play in this! We really are at an important crossroad in India. And we have so many choices to make. So keep the conversations flowing around you, wherever you are, on all these issues. can we really find an indian solution? I hope so. Thank you.

Abdur Rahman Musba said...

Can I get a video of the Uncommon Ground Program?

Renuka said...

Is there anyplace online (Youtube, maybe?)where I can watch the third episode? We were out at the time of the telecast, and so missed it, but do want to watch it. There would certainly be many others who'd want to watch it at their convenience.
Renuka

Col Murthy Rajan said...

The discussions yesterday were good. What we all need is a road map that can clearly spell out on the role of each of the stake holders. The State Govt. need to play a major role with the PPP in place. Thats the only way the entire country can immensely benefit.

Rashmi said...

Hi Rohini,
It was sad I missed first 2 episodes of UG. It was by chance that I watched the third one featuring S.Mittal and Aruna Roy. Must say it was an excellent discussion. One of the rare and mature ones, where the participants are not vying with each other to make their point. CONGRATS!! Keep it up. Please tell at what times, ( other than on Sunday night), will it be telecast.
rashmi desai

UG2008 said...

Hi Rashmi,

Thanks for your wishes...the programme airs every sunday at 9:30pm with a repeat telecast on the following monday at 3:30pm.

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ashish said...

Ms Nilekani,

I've watched the programme on Healthcare. I liked the theme very much. My only suggestion is that the conclusion of the debate should be published as a case study for starting point of new initiative in respective field.

Railway said...

Dear UG2008 members,

Congratulations for producing a show which doesn't look, feel or smell like a plastic flower.

It was by chance that I watched the 7th August episode. Now I plan to make it a regular feature.

I would like to raise an issue which is related to the topic of the episode- 'Health Access for All'.

Our Nation which is trying hard to make available enough qualified Doctors in Public Health System for the teeming population of this country is letting go waste so many of 'Doctor Hours' that it will surprise anybody.

Indian Railway which is having a well organised Health Service Network present throughout the length and breadth of country is forcing its Medical Department to look after the Sanitation Work of Railway premises. Result- A Doctor who should be trying to diagnose the cause of Discharge from the nose of his patient spends time in trying to figure out why the Sewer Line of the Colony is not flowing. Rather than trying to educate the people of benefits of keeping the environs clean he is giving out contracts for removing the garbage from the Stations. The Time he should devote to improving the Hospital is wasted in trying to figure out how the Safaiwalas of the station should be made to work harder.

As a Nation we spend a huge amount of money and resources to educate and train the Medical Graduates. Instead of utilising their services to provide succour to the poor and diseased we ask them to do a job which should be done by a person who is specially trained and employed for it.

It is really foolhardy and beyond comprehension that instead of providing Medical Services to the Railway Beneficiaries in particular and the Ordinary Citizen in general we are wasting the time of this scarce workforce in a job which can be handled better by a person trained in Public Health Engineering.

No wonder than that neither the sanitation level of Railway Stations is improving nor are the Medical Professionals of the Railway able to satisfy their patients.

harmann said...

is there anywhere i could see the telecasts online..missed all of them!!

harmann said...

is there anyway i can watch them online..missed all of them.