Anne Waldman, Ashutosh Varshney, Kapil Sibal, Luke Harding, Shashi Tharoor, Suhel Seth and Swapan Dasgupta, moderated by Barkha Dutt
The Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year for 2016 was ‘post -truth ‘ — an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in the shaping of public opinion than appeals to emotion or personal belief.
We live in an age where populist movements and social media combine to abuse facts, and where the rhetoric of lies prevails.
Will the truth still ultimately triumph, or does the motto of the Indian State — ‘Satyamev Jayate’ or ‘Truth Will Prevail ‘ no longer hold true? Can the truth still be considered an absolute or have the assurances and convictions around it changed? A passionate debate about the certitude of truth and the reality and consequences of inhabiting a post truth world.