Through the looking glass


The Outsider with Tim Sebastian

Bloomberg UTV, 8pm, Saturday

Host: Tim Sebastian


The Outsider brings to light issues we are already aware of, and, in its own subtle way, it calls for citizens to get more involved and be more informed if they want their country to change

If there's anything India is known for today—apart from its 1.1 billion population—over 60 per cent of which is below 35 years—it's the corruption and scandals exposed on a daily basis. This show with award-winning television journalist, Tim Sebastian, puts different issues in the spotlight. Each show starts with a 'motion'—there is no honest business in India; Kashmir is not worth fighting for; politics should no longer be a family business—with four representatives from related fields arguing in favour of and against the motion. The audience comprises young people who are made to vote for the motion at the beginning of the show and at the end, when they've heard the representatives argue. They are also allowed to participate in the discussion in the second half of the show when they get to ask questions and demand answers.

Sebastian hosts and moderates the sessions, and plays 'the Outsider' picking holes in every representative's argument. He's the first host of BBC's HARDTalk, followed by The Doha Debates and The Outsider Debates. Joining him in every episode are prominent figures in the fields of business, law, politics and women's issues. Captain Gopinath, founder of Air Deccan, joins Sebastian in the episode debating whether there is a single honest business in India. Shabana Azmi sat in to argue for the safety of Indian women. In the episode focussing on whether politics should be a family business, the channel roped in representatives from several parties, including Sitaram Yechury from the Communist Party of India, Rita Bahuguna Joshi from the Indian National Congress and Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo from the Biju Janata Dal.

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