Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

Watch me on NSG @ DD News

Neelam Sharma of Doordarshan runs a highly popular discussion programme in Hindi, ‘Charcha Mein’, on DD News every week with 4-5 “experts” and a studio audience. Today, I joined her panel along with Ambassador Arundhati Ghose, Ambasador G. Parthasarathy, Commodore C. Uday Bhaskar and former Power Secretary R.B. Shahi to discuss the status of the nuclear agreement and analyse where we go from here. The audience were mass communication students. It was refreshing to see that while they recognise the historic nature of the NSG decision, they have not been taken in by the official euphoria. Many asked serious questions about how this would help bring electricity to our villages, the cost of nuclear power, the kind of concessions the U.S. would try and extract, and some said they hoped India would not now abandon its independent foreign policy and strong stance on global nuclear disarmament. My parting shot was that they — as audience and voters — had to remain vigilant on all these questions…

The programme will be shown at 10 pm on Thursday night and repeated on Friday evening. I am pretty sure no online link will ever be found, though.

7 comments on “Watch me on NSG @ DD News

  1. Shalini Kaushik
    September 8, 2013

    intelligent anchor neelam ji .nice presents every program .

  2. Vini
    October 22, 2010

    I found a facebook page on Neelam Sharma which has good info about her and her pictures.

  3. Siddharth Varadarajan
    September 30, 2008

    Please keep comments civilised, people.

  4. Deep
    September 30, 2008

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  5. Anonymous
    September 26, 2008

    Its really nice to hear all good things bout the anchor, Neela Sharma, but Siddhartha had perhaps asked DD Viewers to comment on the content of the prog rather on excellence of Neelam Sharma. But,I to feel very strongly that the prog is popular and watched by lots of Non DD viewers only because of the very solid presentation by Neelam.The other good thing about the ldy is that she is too gorgeous, too sleek,too intelligent and too attaractive too! Shekhar KR , Mumbai

  6. Anonymous
    September 15, 2008

    I am a regular watcher of Charcha Mein presentd by Nelam Sharma on DD News. This prog is repeated on Sundays as well at 11 am. I could see this prog on sunday last. The prog was quite good. The good thing about this anchor is that she maintains the pace. She is no doubt the best anchor(not just a news reader)DD News has ever produced. She seems to be quite knowledgeable as she can handle all sorts of subjects, ranging from society to polity to sports to economy, so well.Congrats for good work.

  7. Anonymous
    September 15, 2008

    Yes, I do agree with Siddhartha that Charcha Mein presented by Neelam Sharma on DD News on fridays is one of the most watchable and popular progon DD. Her presentation is marvellous and she holds complete control on the discussion. I had watched this particular episode on NSG Waiver telecast on friday,12th Sept. The questions, Neelam had put to Anil Kakodar, were quite open and Mr. Kakodar had also replied them thoroughly. I think this was the first detaiuled and live reaction of Sh. Kakodkar on any channel.His reaction had put many apprehensions at rest. Siddhartha was also very open in taking up India’s future relations with US.The programme was quite knowledgeble and enjoyable as well. We would like to see Neelam handling more such progs on DD News.Shweta

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