Vichar Vimarsh was the centrepiece of the conclave, comprising a panel discussion boasting media stalwarts, including Mr Avijit Dutt, renowned actor, director, and TedX speaker; Mr. Sushil Pandit, owner of HIVE Communications and renowned political commentator: Mr. Jaskirat Singh Bawa, Senior News Editor, The Quint; and Mr. Avanish Pathak, News Editor, News18 Live Hindi. The speakers engaged the audience in an engaging discussion around the topic – Convenient Lies and the Inconvenient Truth – Whether media houses should publish opinions as facts. Moderating the discussion was Professor Anand Pillai, Adjunct Professor, IMT Ghaziabad, former Senior VP (HR) – Reliance Industries Limited and also HCL Technologies. The panel discussion saw heated debates among all the panellists, who made use of every opportunity to make their varied opinions on the topic known. The beauty of the discussion was the variety of ideas, arguments and counter-arguments being fired across from all sides. The topic was dissected from all angles, with the discussion veering towards subjects like liberal politics, whataboutery and even the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. Attended by a 250-strong audience, those in attendance frequently broke out in applause in response to the skilful verbal jousting on display. The impact of the discussion was evident from the way the audience kept peppering the stage with tough questions aimed at the panellists.
The other events held under Communicon were- Big 10, a simulation-based Media Interfacing competition, Meraki- an open mic Poetry event and a Theatre Night. As part of the Theatre Night, University Gigs performed their rendition of Marc Camoletti’s play- ‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’, an uproarious affair from start to finish, which had the audience in splits all throughout. The event Meraki, featuring Simar Singh of Unerase Poetry and poet Syed Rizwan Musanna along with other budding poetry enthusiasts from IMT Ghaziabad, was rendered magical through poetry, music and a bonfire which served to stoke the flames of expression among those in attendance further. Big 10 saw participation from many B-schools and sought to educate the students about the intricacies of Media Interfacing. The event saw students presenting and defending their stated positions on myriad topics ranging from political fallouts to company-wide financial failures.