The third edition of India Today Conclave South promises to be a power packed event with chief ministers along with top ministers, industrialists, entertainers and film stars, all on one platform deliberating on key issues the nation is facing. The two-day conclave will be held at Visakhapatnam on December 21 and 22, 2018.
This year, the India Today Group celebrates the power and potential of the six southern states at the India Today Conclave South in Visakhapatnam. The event is aimed to underline the economic resurgence, artistic heritage, political legacies and cultural engagement of the region. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry, Telangana and Tamil Nadu have a combined GDP of over $400 billion and when put together are among the top 30 economies of the world, contributing over 22 per cent of India’s GDP and 28 per cent of India’s employment. They account for 20 per cent of India’s population and contributed almost 30 per cent of India’s tax revenues. By 2020, it is projected that South India will become a $1,200 billion economy. With human development indices of the south higher than the rest of India, it is clear the higher the south rises, the better India will do.
The third edition of the India Today Conclave South will see N. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh and V Narayanasamy, Chief Minister, Puducherry setting the tone for the growing importance of their states both as a political and economic powerhouse. Other political heavyweights such as Ram Madhav, National General Secretary, BJP, Thomas Isaac, Finance Minister, Kerala, Bhuma Akhila Priya, Tourism Minister, Andhra Pradesh, SA. RA. Mahesh, Tourism Minister, Karnataka, Priyank Kharge, Minister for Social Welfare, Karnataka, Jayadev Galla, TDP MP from Andhra Pradesh and Madhu Yaskhi Goud, Former MP will be coming together to share, discuss and critique the burning questions faced by the southern states. In addition, prominent local politicians are also expected to liven the sessions with their presence.
Among the film stars Arvind Swami, will be sharing about balancing the real and reel, while Aditi Rao Hydari, will be talking on working across cultures. One of the most anticipated sessions planned for this edition of India Today Conclave South is #MeToo to #WeToo, which will see actors Rakul Preet Singh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and Padmapriya Janakiraman along with the journalist, Sandhya Menon engage in riveting discussion on the country’s most sensitive movement.
Since 2002, the India Today Conclave has been at the forefront of intellectual engagement and thought leadership. Over the years, the India Today Conclave has hosted global leaders, presidents, prime ministers, sports icons, writers and movie stars. The Conclave has been at the cutting edge of new ideas, innovations and experiences. The platform has showcased the finest global minds, triggered heated debates and always made headlines. It has been in constant conversation with the times we live in, sometimes anticipating change and often precipitating it.