The ‘Outlook’ is celebrating its 15 year anniversary with ‘Speak Out Debate 2010’. The initiative will see ‘Outlook’ going to six Indian cities to host debates on socially relevant and imperative issues. The debates have already been held in Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad, while the Kolkata and Delhi chapters will be held this week.
Selvaraj said, “Outlook always believes in speaking out loud on the issue of social and political injustice. Outlook has been in the forefront of exposing corrupt people in the society. We had exposed the betting scandal, exposed the chinks in Indian defence system and unearthed many corrupt politicians. Through this debate, we want our audience and readers to speak out loud on topics which others are scared to talk about.”
The topics of the debates were ‘does cosmopolitan Bangalore need a vibrant nightlife’, ‘moral policing’ (in Chennai), ‘Mumbai for all’ and ‘future of Hyderabad’. The topics yet to be discussed in Kolkata and Delhi are ‘role of media in Rizwan ur Rehman case’ and ‘bureaucrats – heroes are victims’ respectively.
“Our readers are very special to us. Our readers are very vocal and have a point of view. We have always dedicated a lot of space for the ‘Letter to the Editor’ section in our magazine, because we want to bring forth the views and beliefs of our readers. For the 15th year anniversary initiative we wanted to go back to our readers and pick up issues that are most important to them. We wanted to pick up topics which are most debated and discussed in the region. We wanted to talk about issues which are most relevant and subjects feared to be spoken about. We gave our readers a space to interact, discuss and argue on these topics with our eminent panellists”, added Selvaraj.
When asked about the anniversary issue, Selvaraj said, “The 15 year anniversary issue will be a mega issue. The response from the advertisers too has been fantastic.” The anniversary issue is set to hit the newsstands this Friday. The cover story of the issue will be on the media industry. The story shall raise questions on the ‘crisis of credibility’ in the Indian media today. The 15th anniversary issue will feature the best of the past 15 years. Best stories, controversies, issues, pictures, and not to mention, best bloopers and goof-ups too.