Republic TV awards Indian business leaders in Dubai

Industry icons such as Zulekha Daud, B R Shetty and Azad Moopen were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award who have all played a significant role in the healthcare sector both in the Gulf and India

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jul 2, 2018 6:58 PM

In a glittering ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai on Sunday evening, attended by the who's who of the Indian Gulf business community, English news channel Republic TV honoured the biggest names with their very first Republic TV Gulf Indian Leadership Summit and Awards 2018, co-powered by Raymond and Omkar Developers.

Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was the chief guest for the function. He was joined by Vipul, Consul General of India in Dubai, along with a host of special guests and speakers such as Surjit Bhalla, Member of the Indian PM’s Economic Advisory Council; and Sameer Manchanda, Chairman, DEN Network and part of the CII Media Committee.
With its successful launch in the Middle East recently, Republic TV presented the legends of the business world from India in Gulf with Lifetime Achievement Awards while several others were honoured with the Visionary and Inspirational Leader Awards.

Rathore presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to industry icons such as Zulekha Daud, B R Shetty and Azad Moopen, who have all played a significant role in the healthcare sector both in the Gulf and India. Other recipients of the award were legendary Mohan Valrani, Vasu Shroff, Ram Buxani and Bharatbhai Shah.

Others awarded for their valuable contribution in the world of business included Feroz Allana, Founder and Director, IFFCO Group; PNC Menon, Founder and Chairman, Sobha Group; Rizwan Sajan, Senior Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Danube Group; and Paras Shahdadpuri, Chairman, Nikai Group of Companies.

Speaking at the event, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV Arnab Goswami presented an ambitious map for Indian media worldwide.

“Why is it that the robust Indian media cannot produce international content and compete with the BBC and CNN’s of the world? Within the next two years, not later than 2020, Republic TV or any other Indian media must aim to do so,” said Goswami.

Rathore echoed the sentiments by saying, “Western perspective is all good but we have had enough of it. We now need Indian perspective of the world. All of you are ambassadors of India overseas and your voice is equally important.”

Later, Goswami quizzed the minister on the Indian government’s ‘Mission 2022’ in his own inimitable style. Since its launch in May 2017, Republic TV has been the leader in India for straight 59 weeks.

Most of the awardees shared their views on the Indian Gulf business relationship and their stories of success during several panel discussions hosted by Goswami and Republic TV anchor and News Editor Shivani Gupta.

The event was hosted by the Dubai chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India along with Republic TV.

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