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We want more of Nitzan Horowitz

Channel 10 News Nitzan HorowitzNitzan Horowitz is the International Affairs Correspondent for Channel 10 News. He’s also featured in a daily appearance on London et Kirshenbaum, a news show in which Yaron London and Moti Kirshenbaum — two veterans of Israeli TV — conduct a series of intellectual interviews with a diverse line of guests every weekday at 7pm. Personally, I love their show, and Nitzan’s daily segment is my favourite part. He is very passionate about all the stories he brings to the show, which tend to be a rich mix of affairs from every corner of the world.

In the past few months, Nitzan has been working on a documentary series for Channel 10. The series is titled “Nitzan Horowitz in search of tomorrow”, and in every episode Nitzan travels to a different country and examines the developments which are taking place in the local social matrix and in that relevant economical landscape. The first episode aired last week on Monday and dealt with the world’s most populated country, rising super-power China. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch it so I can’t comment on it, though I heard many good reviews from other people.

Yesterday, Channel 10 viewers had the chance to watch Nitzan explore rapidly-growing India. Luckily, I was among them. And it was worth every second. I really don’t want to sound like a Channel 10 News commercial, because I have no agenda in the matter, and maybe someday I’ll share with you my critic of them — but I have to say Nitzan’s documentary proved to be both educational and entertaining at the same time.

Did you know Mumbai has more millionaires (in dollars) than does New York City? Did you know that when you undergo an MRI in Tel Aviv, the results are being deciphered by a specialist in India! It’s called Outsourcing, and it’s a booming industry in India, that’s growing in a dazzling rate year by year.

Nitzan tells us he went to India in search of its Hi-tech industry, its Western-like transformation, yet instead he found a unique blend of Capitalism and Spiritualism. The Yuppies of Bangalore (India’s version of Silicon Valley) consult with their Guru on a daily basis, and spend a great deal of their money in building extravagant Hindu temples. They also employ their religious beliefs in order to fend off critics who call on them to divert some of their capital to help India’s poor population. After all, tens of millions of Indians go to sleep every night with an empty stomach. As the Neo-Marxist Socialist intellectuals — that Nitzan is so fond of — said decades ago: The gains of progress and prosperity don’t suffuse from the rich to the poor, but rather enlarge the ever growing social gaps. The Indian Yuppies, who aren’t familiar with Neo-Marxist theory, explain that a beggar’s Karma (his destiny) is to be a beggar, and it is not their place to play God (or a god — as India has more gods than living humans).

In any case, India is certain to play a major role in the global landscape of the near future, and it’s important we familiarize ourselves with the Indian culture and its method of doing business. As someone who’s never been to India, watching yesterday’s episode made me crave to go there myself.

Next week’s episode will tackle the issue of an aging American population. It’s a sharp break from the first two episodes which took place in the East, but I’m sure it’ll be no less intriguing. Nitzan, keep it up!

Picture by PBS


  1. schlomo fainstein

    December 19, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    1-Nitzan Horowitz will discover -if he does not know it allready- that you can not change things playing the rules of the system.2-Nitzan and the Heschel center have very good intentions, but “in toto”, something has to change, for not…

  2. well, he thought he would not be as influential on the yaron and motty show so he became a knesset member. i hope he will not become as ‘absolutely currupted’ as most MK’s and maybe get his ideals acted upon.
    time will tell.

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