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Celebrity talk



SERIOUS STUFF: Shabana Azmi

THE LECTURES by Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar on `Women's empowerment' and `Secularism under threat' took up the issues of empowerment and secularism which are now buzzwords. Here are some nuggets.

Audience power

For a change the glitterati society crowd was not present. Instead, the listeners comprised activists, intellectuals, quite a few youngsters - both men and women.

Interaction time

A plus point of the lectures was the sufficient time given for the question-answer session. This exceeded the length of the lectures. The enthusiasm of the audience was high who not just questioned but also patiently waited for the answers. And the speakers did not disappoint.

Distressing facts

Violence against women is on the rise in the world and it has the tacit approval of society.

Democracy dialogue

Both the lectures stressed on the power of the people. Mind-set changes with citizens' participation .

Alarming statistics

Javed Akhtar mentioned that there are six crore women who have never gone to school. The country has the highest number of TB patients, visually impaired and lepers. Unfortunately the Opposition does not sit down to discuss this.



HARD TALK: Javed Akhtar.

Game play

A lot of time, energy and resources are wasted in the games that politicians play.

Intolerance unleashed

There is no doubt that intolerance is rising in society. People tend to snap at one other. And nobody bothers to heed to announcements to switch off mobiles. Javed Akhtar too lost his cool when one of the cell phones of a media photographer on duty rang. In a fit of temper he asked him to switch off or go out.

Reservation bill

More than 180 men stand to lose their seats if the Reservation Bill is passed therefore they are trying to scuttle it, said Shabana.

Ethnic dressing

Last but not the least both the speakers came dressed in ethnic style. Javed Saheb wore his trademark white kurta-pyjama, while Shabana wore a silk sari.

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