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Big Rush At Table One

Big names, big blather...the schmoozing summit season is on.

Big Rush At Table One Illustration by Sorit

Conference season is on us. Yikes! Summits, symposiums, seminars, forums, conventions, call them what you will, this particular form of high-class hot air has endeared itself to the Indian heart and no one does it better than Delhi. Witness the last month where the pickings have been rich by any standards: the HT Leadership Summit followed by the FICCI Higher Education Summit, followed by the World Economic Forum India summit, all held in the capital (while in Mysore, TED, the cool avatar of conferences, undulated to the beat of percussionist Sivamani’s drums at the Infosys campus.)

What is the attraction of these well-heeled gangbangs? Why do their organisers shell out large sums of money to bag big-name speakers? (An ex-US prezzie was rumoured to have received $2 million to sing for his supper). On what basis are the audiences chosen? And why does the general public (read you and me) need to be subjected to this particular form of conceit and blather?

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