1st Rate The Debate Conference:
The KVS Rama Sarma Memorial Event

Date: January 19, 2021
Theme: Perception and Democracy: The Role of Television Debates

Session 1 | “News and Neutrality : Is Bias inevitable?”

The 1st Rate the Debate Conference started off with opening remarks by Dr. Kota Neelima, Founder, Rate The Debate. The entire conference was divided into three panels discussing contemporary themes pertaining to Indian Media especially with the conduct of Television Debates. Thereafter there was an enlightening discussion on the theme “News and Neutrality: Is Bias inevitable?” This panel was moderated by Ms. Saba Naqvi, a senior journalist and author. The panelists of this debate were Mr. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Senior Journalist and Author along with Ms. Priya Sahgal, Executive Political Editor, NewsX.
Session 2 | "Faith in News: Is doubt a protection against fake?”

This was followed by another enriching discussion on the theme “Faith in News: Is doubt a protection against fake?” This panel was moderated by Mr. Narendra Nath Mishra, Senior Journalist, Navbharat Times. The panel comprised of Ms. Mrinal Pande, Padmashree awardee journalist and author, Mr. Ashutosh, Senior Journalist, Author and Co-founder, and Mr. Pratik Sinha, Co-founder, AltNews.
Session 3 | "The Hathras Coverage: Darkness and Hope"

The last session of the conference was about The Hathras Coverage: Darkness and Hope. This was an extremely comprehensive session which highlighted the realities and difficulties of onground journalism. This panel through the course of discussions brought out the inherent power of media to be a medium like no other to ensure justice for those from whom it has been stolen. This session had Mr. Brajesh Mishra, Senior Journalist and Chief Editor, Bharat Samachar, Mr. Sunil Fernandes, Advocate-on-Record, Supreme Court of India and Ms. Pragya Mishra, Journalist, Bharat Samachar. This panel discussion was moderated by Ms. Rohini Singh, Senior Journalist.