Agenda Aaj Tak Experience

FIIB recently gave me an opportunity to attend and represent my college at Agenda Aaj Tak at Hotel Taj Palace, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi for two days, the 6th and 7th of Dec’16. The Agenda of the show was in sync with its name and was to question the existing flaws, exchange thoughts on issues, pinpoint burning the grave challenges and ideate new thoughts. The bright and brazen took over the center stage and put forth their views and opinions without a second thought. The second day was also full with all sort of interesting people. For if on one hand there was Manohar Parrikar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Anand Sharma, Piyush Goyal, Farooq Abdullah, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Raj Babbar, Nitin Gadkari, Muzaffar Hussain Baig and Arvind Kejriwal, then on the other hand there were some comedy sessions by Krushna Abhishek, Bharti Singh, Raju Shrivastava, Sunil Pal and Nitin Gupta. The celebrated Indian Cricketer Virender Sehwag also joined in.


The main agenda of this event, was to have a discussion on the most heated topic “Demonetization of the Currency and its effects” and highlight varying political views, so that the people could make an informed choice. First was Prakash Javadekar (HRD Minister), addressing the audience on the topic with a warm welcome. This was followed by a few sessions with several politicians, which were extremely entertaining, and informative, providing us with an insight on how these names which are so big in politics, talk in easy conversation, which honestly, can be very helpful for a citizen to connect their politics with how they perceive them to be.

While Mr. Kejriwal and Mr. Gadkari talked about the game plan behind the demonetization of the currency and how the government has impacted the common man. On the contrary, Naqvi supported the Modi government on this big step and made the audience realize the future impact of the step taken. Farooq Abdullah talked about India and Pakistan’s attempts for peace, confidence building measures, and dealing in with full confidence with the Muslim country. Muzaffar Hussain Baig discussed the issues that are faced by Kashmir today, and how he would definitely not swap being the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir for some other state. Comedians Krushna, Bharti, and Raju Shrivastava entertained everyone as they always do, politely making fun of the photographers and even the politicians. They were appreciated for creating a new zone in Indian comedy. Virender Sehwag brought in with him the hilarious answers to the question asked. He was spontaneous, witty, charming, respectful, comic, wise and profound, all at the same time.

Usually, events like these end up being publicity gimmicks but at Agenda Aaj Tak, every aspect was given a fair chance, and politicians were questioned intensely, as should be done in a democracy. However, I do wish that more meaningful solutions could be talked about in the event, so that a substantial, tangible result could emanate, instead of just dialog and debate.

I thank FIIB for giving me the opportunity to participate the event.

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  • Vibudh Juneja, 2016-2018