English news channel Republic TV hosted the first Republic TV Gulf Indian Leadership Summit and Awards 2018 in a glittering ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai last Sunday evening. It was attended by the who's who of Indian Gulf business community.
The event was co-powered by Raymond and Omkar Developers. The Dubai chapter of ICAI, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, hosted the event along with Republic TV.
With its highly 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.
The chief guest of the occasion was Colonel Rajyavardhan Rathore, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. He was joined by Shri Vipul, Consul General of India in Dubai along with a host of guests 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.
The minister presented the Lifetime award to Dr Zulekha Daud, Dr B R Shetty and Dr Azad Moopen, who have all played a significant role in the health care sector both in the Gulf and back home in India. Other recipients of the award were Mohan Valrani, Vasu Shroff, Dr Ram Buxani and Bharatbhai Shah.
Speaking at the event, Arnab Goswami, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV, presented an ambitious map for Indian media worldwide. Goswami said, “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. An Indian channel producing world coverage watched by everyone in hotels all around the world like this one in Dubai.”
Rathore echoed his sentiments 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.
Some of the awardees also shared their views on the Indian Gulf business relationship and their stories of success with inspiring words and nuggets of wisdom on several panel discussions hosted by Goswami and Republic TV Anchor and News Editor Shivani Gupta.
Others awarded for their 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, among others.