New Delhi, March 12, 2015: The participants of India Today Conclave, the India Today Groups’s signature event, have in the past experienced the most riveting and thought-provoking moments of their lives. This year’s Conclave, scheduled to be held in Delhi on March 13 and March 14, will be no different. People across the globe may have watched the unimaginable brutality of terror group ISIS on TV and digital platforms. For the first time in India, the Conclave offers the unmistakable opportunity to meet and interact with two journalists— former al nusra captive Padnos and former isis prisoner Nicolas Henin. The duo will recount their experience as stare lived with death every moment of their captivity.
French journalist Nicolas Henin was held hostage by ISIS for 10 months before his release in April 2014. For six months, he and three other hostages were kept in basements without daylight, and for two-and-a-half months they were chained to each other. One of the four hostages, American journalist James Foley, was later killed and the world watched in horror as ISIS released a video showing how the Foley was beheaded.
American Journalist Theo Padnos was taken hostage in September 2012 and held in Syria by Jabhat al-Nusra, the local al-Qaeda branch. His captivity allowed him to get a first hand insight into the minds of his captors who spent the first 10 minutes trying to get him accept Islam and then asked him to introduce them to single women from a Western country.
The theme of this year’s Conclave is “The World Remade”. As the challenge of ISIS grows, America disengages from Afghanistan, Russia flexes its muscles in a world with a shifting power axis, Germany continues its rise in Europe, and the world copes with issues of gender, public health and joblessness, clearly the world is staring uncertainty in its face. Back home, the NDA government heads towards a year in office after an epochal mandate. The Conclave has once again assembled the brightest thought leaders with their ideas, arguments and experiences that allows us to renew, reinvent and re-imagine.
Some of the star speakers of Conclave 2015 are cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, chess master Viswanathan Anand, spiritual guru Deepak Chopra, Union Ministers Suresh Prabhu, Manohar Parrikar, Nitin Gadkari and Jayant Sinha, star chief ministers
Vasundhara Raje, Devendra Fadnavis, M.L. Khattar, K. Chandrasekhar Rao and Raman Singh, politicians Derek O’Brien, Bhagwant Mann and Jyotiraditya Scindia, writers Chetan Bhagat, Shobhaa De and Moni Mohsin, business leaders Y.C. Deveshwar and baba kalyani, star mathematician manjul bhargava, economist Arvind Subramanian and former Chief Of the Army Staff General Bikram Singh, as well as actors Katrina Kaif, Ranveer Singh and Lisa Haydon.