India Today is organising the India Today Conclave on September 20 and 21, 2019, at the Grand Ballroom, Grand Hyatt in Mumbai, from 10 am onwards on Day 1 and Day 2.
The event will be attended by the who’s who from the world of politics, business, science, education, sports, and entertainment.
The topics which will be touched upon include the economy, the country’s security and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
DAY 1 – September 20, 2019
The event will begin with a welcome address by India Today Group Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie.
The keynote address will be delivered by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das in which he will highlight India’s road to prosperity.
HOT BUTTON: Economy
The India Today Conclave 2019 will begin its discusssion at 11 am with the economy, covering the issues including the GDP and the jobs in the country. The session will last for about 45 minutes and the speakers will be:
· Shamika Ravi, Member, PM’s Economic Advisory Council
· Roopa Purushothaman, Chief Economist and Head of Policy Advocacy, Tata Sons
Further, Ritu Dewan, the vice-president of the Indian Society of Labour Economics will also contribute to the discussion.
After a discussion on the economy, the focus will be on India’s security. The session will start at 11:45 am and last for about 30 minutes.
The session will see Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa giving inside details on India’s airstrikes.
The discussion will then turn towards the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with
Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari speaking about what’s hurting the backbone of India’s economy. The session will start at 12:20 pm and last for about 30 minutes.
UP CLOSE: Stardom
From the world of entertainment, actor Vicky Kaushal will throw light on what gives him “josh” in Bollywood. The session will begin at 12:55 pm and last for about 30 minutes.
TRAIL-BLAZER TECH: Disease Combat
The India Today Conclave 2019 will then lead a discussion on cutting-edge research on cancer, encephalitis, autism, and fatigue among the many issues that the country is facing.
The session will be lead by Virologist Dr W Ian Lipkin. It will begin at 1:30 pm and go on for 30 minutes.
WELLNESS CAPSULE: Fitness and Food
Post lunch, the India Today Conclave 2019 will shift its focus towards health and talk about yoga and how it affects the body and the mind.
The speaker leading the discussion will be yoga and ayurvedic practitioner Yogi Cameron. The session will start at 2:45 pm and go on for over 30 minutes.
TRANSFORMERS: Hidden Influencers
The Conclave will move on to the social media influencers who play an important role in shaping India’s youth psyche.
The speakers who will grace the discussion include:
· Carry Minati aka Ajey Nagar, YouTube Roaster named by TIME magazine
· Prajakta Koli, YouTube comedian, Indian Ambassador for YouTube’s Global Initiative ‘Creators for Change’
The session will start at 3:20 pm and go on for about 30 minutes.
CODE RED: Anxiety Epidemic
The India Today COnclave 2019 will also touch up on the anxiety epidemic among students. They will talk about the teenage depression.
The session will feature first-person stories from speakers:
· Ambuj Sen Patra, Student, 20
· Arshya Gaur, Student, 15
· Shelja Sen, therapist, writer, co-founder of Children First
The session will begin at 3:55 pm and last for about 30 minutes.
After this, founder and chairperson of Mpower Neerja Birla will talk about entrepreneurs and the pursuit of happiness. The discussion will begin at 4:25 pm and last till 4:40 pm.
CINEMA CZAR: The Final Word
From Bollywood, director and producer Karan Johar will speak on ruling the film industry. The session will begin at 4:40 pm and last for around 30 minutes.
FLASHPOINT | Article 370: Political Perspective
The India Today Conclave 2019 will also brush against the most-talked about issue of this year so far, abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
The session will have Jitendra Singh, Minister of State, PMO talking about the Modi-Shah gamble in Kashmir.
The session will begin at 5:15 pm and last for around 40 minutes.
FLASHPOINT | Article 370: People’s perspective
The discussion will also hear Iltija Mufti, daughter of former CM of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti. She will talk about the silence in Kashmir following the communication blackout.
HOT BUTTON: Growth and Investments
India Today Conclave 2019 will host Minister for Railways, Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal in one of its sessions where he will talk about reasons for concern and celebration in India’s industrial climate.
The session will begin at 6:40 pm and will last for around 30 minutes.
INSIGHT: National psyche
Congress leader and Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor and MP Swapan Dasgupta will hold a session over the “New India” and talk about the Modi mandate. The session will begin at 7:15 pm and last for around 45 minutes.
PERFORMANCE: Pop Culture
Actor Arjun Kapoor will hold a session and talk about deconstructing the modern hero in Indian cinema. The session will begin at 8 pm and last for around 45 minutes.
DAY 2 – September 21, 2019
FOCUS MAHARASHTRA: Elections 2019
On the second day of the India Today Conclave 2019 in Mumbai, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis will talk about the upcoming elections 2019. He will assess his terms and highlight why he is the best man for the job.
The session will begin at 10:15 am and last for around 45 minutes.
UP CLOSE: Next-Gen Politics
The discussion will then move on to the next-generation politics with Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray shedding light on how he plans to rewrite the Maharashtra playbook.
The session will begin at 11 am and go on till 11:35 am.
HOT BUTTON: Economy
The second day of the India Today Conclave 2019 will again stir the wheel of discussion around the economy. The discussion would be led by Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of the Niti Aayog.
Rajiv Kumar will talk about how India’s economy can be fixed. The session will begin at 11:35 am and go on for around 30 minutes.
MIRROR SESSION: HOT BUTTON | Water Emergency
Another major issue that the country faced in 2019 was the water crisis. The discussion will be led by P Sainath, Founder-Editor of the People’s Archive of Rural India.
He will talk about India’s mega-water crisis and the role of the citizenry in triggering it. The session will begin at 12:10 pm and will last for around 45 minutes.
MIRROR SESSION: HOT BUTTON | Water Emergency
India Today Conclave will also host Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, of the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation in the Ministry of Jal Shakti.
He will throw some light on the India’s mega-water crisis and what we are doing to fix it. The session will begin at 12:55 pm and go on for around 35 minutes.
UP CLOSE: Next-Gen Entrepreneur
The discussion will then move on to the country’s entrepreneurs which will be led by WIPRO Chairman Rishad Premji. He will talk about rewiring India’s thinking on automation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the workforce.
The session will begin at 1:30 pm and last for around 30 minutes.
TRAIL-BLAZER TECH: Digisexuality
After a session on Artificial Intelligence and automation, the discussion will then move on to sex robots and how they are impacting human sexuality. The speakers during the session will be:
· Allysson Silva, lawyer, Co-founder of NextOs, AI and tech-intimacies expert
· Harmony, sex robot
· Neil McArthur, author, Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications
The session will begin at 3 pm and will last for around 35 minutes.
GLOBAL HEAT MAP: Information Wars
India Today Conclave 2019 will also talk about election and democracy. The discussion will be led by Brian Klaas, author of How to Rig an Election, The Despot’s Accomplice and The Despot’s Apprentice.
He will talk about notes on dictators and democrats and why the vote is not always the voice. The session will begin at 3:35 pm and last for around 40 minutes.
TRAIL-BLAZER TECH : Brain Research
Technology in medicine also plays an important role in our lives. India Today Conclave 2019 will hold a session over most cutting-edge discoveries about the human brain.
The session will be led by Dr Murali Doraiswamy, physician and futurist at Duke University School of Medicine.
The discussion will begin at 4:10 pm and go on for around 35 minutes.
FOCUS MAHARASHTRA: Elections 2019
Bringing the focus back to Maharashtra elections, a discussion will be held on re-thinking opposition politics in India.
The speakers for the session will be:
· Prakash Ambedkar, Dalit Leader; President, Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh
· Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena MP, Rajya Sabha
· Asaduddin Owaisi, President, AIMIM, Lok Sabha MP
· Ashok Chavan, Former Chief Minister, Maharashtra
The session will begin at 4:45 pm and go on till 5:30 pm.
TRANSFORMERS: The Popular Mind
India Today Conclave 2019 will also hold a session with Ekta Kapoor, Joint Managing Director and Creative Director at Balaji Telefilms. She will talk about interpreting love, desire and ambition in India.
The session will begin at 5:30 pm and go on for around 30 minutes.·
UP CLOSE: Pop Culture
Bollwood actor Katrina Kaif will hold a discussion and share the story of her journey into Bollywood at India Today Conclave 2019. The session will begin at 6:05 pm and go on for around 40 minutes.
HOT BUTTON: Xenophobia
India Today Conclave 2019 will also touch the topic of immigration in the shadow of the Assam NRC. The discussion will be led by Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City and This Land is Our Land.
The session will begin at 6:40 pm and go on for around 30 minutes.
UP CLOSE: Boundary Breakers
Bollywood actor Kriti Sanon will also hold a session on liberty, equality and creativity at India Today Conclave 2019. She will talk about expanding space for a woman in Bollywood.
The session will begin at 7:15 pm and go on for 40 minutes.
Vote of Thanks
A vote of thanks speech will be delivered by India Today Group Vice Chairperson Kalli Purie.
HOT BUTTON: The Economy High Table
The final session at India Today Conclave 2019 will bring the spotlight back to the brimming issue of the economic slowdown and how to put the engine back in India’s economy.
The session which will last for around an hour will have the following speakers:
· TV Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global Education
· Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited
· RC Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki
· Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group
· Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog
· Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Group
· Vikram Kirloskar, President, CII*