23 January, 2021

Outlook SpeakOut | Yes, We Hear You

Outlook Speakout was all about her story in her own words

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A section of the guests at the Outlook Speakout
Photograph by J.S. Adhikari
Outlook SpeakOut | Yes, We Hear You

Dr Renu Khator is any way tall. But she loomed taller still as she rec­ounted her life story before a packed audience in New Delhi last week. The occasion was the Outlook Speakout event and she was delivering the second Vinod Mehta Memorial Lecture held annually to pay tribute to our founder-editor.

As Khator traced her remarkable journey—from a girl born in Farrukhabad of Uttar Pradesh to the longest-serving Chancellor of the University of Houston System in the United States—jaws dropped in disbelief and respect for her hit the roof. Till the age of 19, she couldn’t speak even a word of English. But married off and sent to the US, she scripted her own success story. Besides watching programmes on television to learn English, she doggedly pursued her education. The rest is history.

In hindsight, there couldn’t have possibly been a better person to deliver our event’s most important speech than Khator. Her single-minded...



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