Writer: Anurag Batra - Wednesday, Aug 18,2010 10:21 AM

From media baron to debutante author: Media Superman Raghav Bahl’s book launched by Kamal Nath

From media baron to debutante author: Media Superman Raghav Bahl’s book launched by Kamal Nath

“The option and first thought to launch a TV show was there, but I decided to write a book,” Raghav Bahl shared this in his welcome and inaugural address at the launch of his book, titled ‘Superpower? The Amazing Race Between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise’.

“The idea came to me in April 2009, when things were settling down in terms of business,” Bahl shared with the attentive audience.

The book was launched by an all star panel comprising Kamal Nath, Minister of Surface and Road Transport; Nandan Nilekani, author, entrepreneur and Head of UID project; former RBI Governor Bimal Jalan, SEBI Chairman M Damodaran, and Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, The Indian Express Group. To discuss the book, Shereen Bhan and Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, IBN Network, engaged in a panel discussion with the distinguished personalities who launched the book.

Sardesai’s audience engagement with Mani Shankar Aiyar, Rajya Sabha member and former Sports Minister, was the highlight of the discussion and the book launch.

With telling insights into the two Asian powers’ history, politics, economy and culture, ‘Superpower? The Amazing Race Between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise’, is a brilliantly written, superbly documented, rich and comprehensive account of the race to dominance between the two neighbours. For anyone looking to understand China and India and the ways in which these two nations are about to change the history of the world, this is the book to read.

Bahl is the founder and Managing Director of Network18, India’s largest television news and business network, which is home to CNN and CNBC in the country and also publishes Forbes India. He has been instrumental in crafting successful joint ventures with media giants such as NBC Universal, Viacom, Time Warner and Forbes. Bahl won the prestigious Sanskriti Award for journalism in 1994, was hailed as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum and selected by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year for Business Transformation in 2007. This is his first book.

Bahl’s debut book is bound to evangelise India as much as his media empire and TV channels have, and hopefully to a global audience.

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