Over two power-packed days and nights, the India Today Conclave will ideate, debate and celebrate ideas that are reshaping the world as we know it
New Delhi, March 13, 2015: Born in the shadow of the 9/11 attacks, the India Today Conclave is no stranger to history. It is where Prime Minister Narendra Modi first outlined his vision of governance as chief minister. It is where then ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan indicated the global impact of the Mars Orbiter Mission. It is also where Hillary Clinton came two years before she made her first bid to be president of the United States, to tell us why India matters.
Now in its 13th year, the conclave returns after a transformative year. Modi has come to power in Delhi after an epochal mandate in an election that can only be described as a thriller without pause. ISIS has redefined the horror of an ideology gone wrong in ever-more brutal acts of violence. The global economy is playing hide and seek with nations in a flux. And the Nato troops’ pullout from Afghanistan has set the stage for an unusual experiment in democracy.
It is indeed a world remade, and just like the magazine which has been making sense of India and the world for 40 years, the conclave will focus on the preoccupations at home and abroad. From Make in India to cooperative federalism, from skill development to building infrastructure, the best and the brightest will engage in a festival of ideas and arguments. Star chief ministers, trendsetting tycoons and ministers who mean business will give us a peek at the blueprint of tomorrow. Distant gunfire and foreign battlefields will find their echo in sessions on ISIS, the new barbarians, with survivors who escaped, and Afghanistan, the old trouble spot, with its dynamic CEO Abdullah Abdullah.
There will be masterclasses with the best in the world. The god of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, will descend to give life lessons from the pitch. Spiritual guru Deepak Chopra will walk us through how to take charge of mind, body and soul. Chess wizard Viswanathan Anand will give us an insight into his remarkable mind.
The conclave will also be true to its deep-rooted tradition. Much like the magazine, which was born during the Emergency, the conclave has always stood firm for freedom of speech, whether it is the Dalai Lama or Salman Rushdie. The AIB team, roasted by critics of free speech, will be speaking for the first time since the controversy broke out. The conclave is also a listening post for new thoughts. 3D printing, state-of-the-art car engines, and music playlists in the palm of our hands -the conclave gives delegates a ringside view of the latest innovations. The permanent conversation that the conclave is, it cannot get away from India’s magnificent obsession-peace with Pakistan.
And in the India of a million possibilities, there is always a spot reserved for entertainment. The level playing field of Bollywood has always been welcoming of fresh stars and refreshing stories. From Katrina Kaif to Ranveer Singh to Lisa Haydon, they have brought energy and enthusiasm to an industry that redefines our lives every Friday at a theatre near you.
As the two greatest battles of the 21st century-the wars on terror and poverty-play out every day, the world as we know it gets remade. Over two power-packed days and nights, the India Today Conclave gives us the ultimate GPS for the road ahead.
Suresh Prabhu, Railways Minister
Nitin Gadkari, Road Transport Minister
Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister
Raman Singh, Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh
Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Maharashtra
Jyotiraditya Scindia, Congress Chief Whip, Lok Sabha
Katrina Kaif, Ranveer Singh, Lisa Haydon
Chetan Bhagat, Shobhaa De, Moni Mohsin
Richard Verma, US Ambassador
Nadir Patel, Canadian High Commissioner
Michael Steiner, German Ambassador
Le Yucheng, Chinese Ambassador
Patrick Suckling, Australian High Commissioner