Sudheendra Kulkarni delivers first MV Kamath Endowment Lecture1 min read
Manipal: Sudheendra Kulkarni, the Chairman of the Observer Research Foundation, addressed students of School of Communication (SOC) in the first ever MV Kamath Endowment Lecture on October 17 at Golden Jubilee hall. The talk was held amid tight security.
Sudheendra Kulkarni, who was recently in the news for Shiv Sena’s act of blackening his face with ink said, “I have done nothing wrong by going against Shiv Sena, in spite of their constant threats and I will do it again, because I believe that India and Pakistan must talk. In fact such events will send messages to the Indians and Pakistanis that they want to be together.” He recalled his tweet saying, “Na dhamki se, na bandook se, bat banegi sirf boli se.”
Talking about the book which caused the clash with Shiv Sena, he said,” I have read the passages of the book and can say that Pakistanis wish for a good relation with Indians. Terrorism has become like Bhasmasur and Pakistanis do realise the dangers of it. Therefore the two countries must be connected through dialogue”. Varadesh Hirgange, the former director of SOC said, “It is completely an absurd act by Shiv Sena which needs to be condemned.”
Around 250 students assembled to receive Kulkarni’s dialogue on ‘Communication for a better world: Why and how the media should be reformed’. Kulkarni recalled the times he spent with MV Kamath saying, “I have rarely seen a person as soft as he was, even with the people with whom his ideologies differed. We must remain faithful to old principles of Journalism like MV Kamath did, and doing so would be our true tribute to him”, he added.
The event was held with heightened security provided by Manipal Police and Manipal Integrated Services (MIS).
Edited by Gargi Kerkar