In a tribute to a legendary jurist and MP, Ram Jethmalani lecture series is back with its second edition and will be streamed LIVE on NewsX on Saturday, September 18 from 5 pm.
Addressing an issue, which has recently found itself at the hotbed of Indian politics in 21st century, India's Who's and Who will share their take on 'Is disruption to parliamentary proceedings an MP's privilege and/or a facet of parliamentary democracy?'
Vice President Of India and Chairman of Rajya Sabha M Venkaiah Naidu will be the guest of honour at the lecture series and will be joined by other esteemed panelists including Union Cabinet Minister Of Law Kiren Rijiju, Attorney General For India KK Venugopal and Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta.
Union Cabinet Minister For Women & Child Welfare Smriti Irani, Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra, Former Solicitor General Of India Gopal Subramaniam, Former Solicitor General Of India Ranjit Kumar, Tughlak Editor S Gurumurthy and Former Rajya Sabha MP Pavan Varma will also mark their presence at the memorial series and share their views on this pertinent topic.
Commenting on the event, Kartikeya Sharma, Founder of iTV Network, said, “In tribute to one of India's greatest jurists and MPs I can't think of a more fitting subject that merits the focus of stakeholders in this panel of speakers. Democratic systems often lead to deadlock, but surely there is a way to bring back the poignancy of debate that Ram Jethmalani embodied at the bench, both in court and parliament. The object is to keep India forging ahead. I'm hoping that such efforts to recall whence we came will help us chart whither we go.”
Rishabh Gulati, Managing Editor, NewsX, said, “The people of India now have great expectations from those who are elected to serve. Parliament has became raucous often times as has the Indian media. We had the opportunity to get some of India's most committed minds discuss the Indian media in the first edition of this memorial lecture series, it's a merit that so many stakeholders are willing to take on a vexatious topic like this. As a journalist, I look forward to listening, rather than talking through this one.”
Ahead of the lecture series, Member of Parliament, RS, Majeed Menon shared his take on the topic and said, "Disruption should be, as far as possible, avoided. It is not just the protesting member of the parliament but it is the ruling party. It is the chair also that has to respect the reason for protest and make necessary amends so that the parliament can discharge its duty as required by the constitution and democracy."
PP Chaudhary, Member of Parliament, LS, expressed, "Basically, if there is disruption in the parliament, in my opinion, it is not the privilege but a breach of privilege. The people are electing the member of the parliament."
Apart from NewsX channel, the series will be aired on all social media channels and major OTT platforms - Zee5, Dailyhunt, JioTV, Shemaroo, Mzaalo, Watcho, Flipkart, Paytm, Tatasky and MX Player.