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Ideas of India Summit 2022

ABP Network's - Ideas of India is taking place at a remarkable moment in global history. A country, dismantled along with the idea of a communist dictatorship, is seeking to reassert the age of empire.

The world has just emerged from almost two years of a pandemic which has felled many and damaged many more. Mother Earth is deeply unhappy with the ravages it has had to bear. Technology has taken unprecedented strides, mirroring the human mind, reading it, and worryingly, even anticipating it.

There is no better time than now to address some of the issues that agitate us. Closer home, our civilisational past is being re-examined to create a new sense of nationhood different from the colonial model we have lived with for 75 years. No one is sure what this new national identity will be. Will it be more inclusive, more plural, more diverse, as our laws indicate? Or will it be more polarising, more divisive and more exclusionist as our social media-fuelled public discourse seems to suggest?

A dazzling array of thought leaders, visionary businessmen, cultural stars, and civil society pioneers will take the stage over two days, in more than 25 sessions, across more than 20 hours, to talk about the many ideas of India. They will think about its past, ponder over its present and contemplate its future.

They will discuss the empathy index, the impact of technology on our lives, sustainable development, the pursuit of happiness, the possibility of a $5 trillion economy, a new agenda for governance, the spirit of entrepreneurship, the freedom paradigm, the emergence of the Alpha woman, the rise of the character actor as star on streaming services, the Brand Made in India, the importance of mental wellbeing, but most importantly India's place in the changing world order. Nations are built on the stories they tell themselves and the world at large. The Ideas of India will discuss this fresh narrative of tomorrow.

On March 25, and 26, at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai.

Come, meet the future.

Gallery of Ideators

Session Chairs


Day 1

March 25

10:00 - 10:05 AM
Welcome Address
Avinash Pandey
CEO, ABP Network
10:05 - 10:15 AM
Welcome Song
Sanjeevani Bhelande
Indian Singer
10:15 - 10:45 AM
Conversation: The Humanity Index

The Invisibles: Lighting up the Margins, Serving Social Equity

Sh. Kailash Satyarthi
Nobel Peace Laureate
10:45 - 11:30 AM
Keynote Address: The Pursuit of Happiness

The World and it's Worries: How to deal with Life's Challenges

Gaur Gopal Das
Monk, Lifestyle & Motivational Strategist, Author & Filmmaker
11:30 - 12:15 PM
Discussion: A Sustainable Society

Managing Nature's Backlash: Recycle, Reuse and Renew

Sonam Wangchuk
Engineer Turned Education Reformer Innovator and Founding Director, SECMOL
12:15 - 01:00 PM
Discussion: The Entrepreneurial Drive

Legacy vs Start-ups: Building on the Past or Reinventing the Future?

Harsha Vardhan Agarwal
Vice Chairman & Managing Director, designate, Emami Ltd
Farid Ahsan
Co-founder, ShareChat
Kulin Shah
Co-founder, Onsurity
01:00 - 01:45 PM
01:45 - 02:30 PM
Discussion: The Alpha Woman

Blurring Borders: Rise of the Pan-Indian Actor

Taapsee Pannu
02:30 - 03:15 PM
Keynote Address: India Inc.

Reinventing Business - Purpose vs Profits

Dr. Anish Shah
Managing Director & CEO, Mahindra & Mahindra
03:15 - 03:45 PM
Tea Break
03:45 - 04:15 PM
Discussion: The Manufacturing Accelarator

Make In India: Going Global.

Ankit Daga
Head of Business Development, McNROE Consumer Products Pvt Ltd
Abhishek Aggarwal
President - Strategy, Ozone India
Pradeep Aggarwal
Founder & Chairman, Signature Global Group & Chairman - ASSOCHAM National Council on Real Estate, Housing and Urban Development
04:15 - 05:00 PM
Discussion: Online Education

Revolution 2022: Deepening Democracy or Amplifying the Divide?

Anand Kumar
Founder, Super 30
Sumeet Mehta
Co-Founder & CEO, Lead
Phalgun Kompalli
Co-Founder, UpGrad
05:00 - 05:45 PM
Special Session

How can India Leverage The Power of Digitalization for Bettering its Future?

N. R. Narayana Murthy
Founder & Chairperson emeritus, Infosys
05:45 - 06:15 PM
Keynote Conversation

India 2047: Vision of Young Politician

Aaditya Thackeray
Minister for Tourism, Environment & Protocol, Government of Maharashtra, President: Yuva Sena
06:15 - 07:00 PM
Conversation: Breaking The Mould

The New Heroine: A Screen of her own

Vidya Balan
Film Actor
07:00 - 08:00 PM
08:00 - 09:00 PM
Gala Dinner Session
Conversation: The Sporting Nation

We Are The Champions: Patience, Perseverance, Practice

Anju Bobby George
Olympian, Indian Long Jumper, Vice President-Athletics Federation of India
Zafar Iqbal
Former Captain- Indian Hockey Team and Member Olympic Gold Medal Winning Team
Kapil Dev
Cricket Legend and Captain of 1983 World Cup Winning Team
Leander Paes
Professional Tennis Player, 18 Time Grand Slam Champion, 7 Time Olympian, Singles Olympic Medal Winner
09:00 - 09:30 PM
Keynote Address: New India, New Manifesto

Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas Aur Sabka Vishwas

Nitin Gadkari
Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Govt of India
09:15 PM onwards
Cocktails & Dinner

Day 2

March 26

10:00 - 10:45 AM
Discussion: The Idea of Freedom

Law, Liberty, and the Limits of Democracy: A functioning anarchy or a Non-negotiable Democracy?

Sh. Jagdeep Dhankar
Hon'ble Governor of West Bengal
Dr. Shashi Tharoor
Senior Congress Leader and Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
10:45 - 11:30 AM
Conversation: Excavating The Past

India's History: Change or Continuity?

Prof. Makarand R Paranjape
Author & Academician
Sudheendra Kulkarni
Author & Socio-political Activist
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Keynote Address: Rural Evolution

Farmer Power: Field of Dreams

Bhupesh Baghel
Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh
12:00 - 12:45 PM
Conversation: World of Wellbeing

Learning to Speak Up: Breaking the Silence

Neerja Birla
Founder & Chairperson, Aditya Birla Education Trust
12:45 - 01:15 PM
Conversation: Making Business Sense

Small Towns, Big Dreams: Why Entrepreneurship Matters

Ritesh Agarwal
Founder & Group CEO, OYO
01:15 - 02:00 PM
02:00 - 02:45 PM
Discussion: The Cultural Revival

Digging Deeper: Telling India's Stories

Kabir Khan
Film Director, Screenwriter and Cinematographer
Aanand L Rai
Film Director & Director
Nagesh Kukunoor
Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter & Actor
02:45 - 03:30 PM
Conversation: Agenda for the Future

Freedom's Children: Remembering the Country they Grew Up In

Usha Uthup
Indian Pop, Filmi, Jazz, and Playback singer
Ramesh Sippy
Film Producer and Director
Dr. L. Subramanian
Violinist, Creator of Global Fusion, India's foremost Orchestral Composer
03:30 - 04:00 PM
Keynote Address: New Rules of The Game

The Rise of the South: Lessons for Bollywood

Karan Johar
04:00 - 04:45 PM
Discussion: Judicial Autonomy

Independence and Institutions: The Strongest Link in the Democratic Chain

Indira Jaising
Senior Advocate, The Supreme Court of India & Noted Human Rights Lawyer
Pinky Anand
Senior Advocate & Former Additional Solicitor General of India
04:45 - 05:00 PM
Tea Break
05:00 - 05:30 PM
Special Session: Rhythm Divine

Songs from the North-East: From Margins to Mainstream

Playback Singer & Composer
05:30 - 06:00 PM
Special Session: Sounds of Rebellion

Music and Lyrics: Patchwork of Punjab

Jasleen Royal
Singer, Songwriter & Composer
06:00 - 06:45 PM
Discussion: The Development Paradigm

The $5 Trillion Economy: Rhetoric or Reality?

Montek Singh Ahluwalia
Former Deputy Chairman, Planning Commision of India
Dr. Rajiv Kumar
Vice Chairman, Niti Aayog
06:45 - 07:30 PM
Discussion: The Streaming Life

The OTT Boom: The Actor as Star

Nawazuddin Siddiqui
07:30 - 08:00 PM
Keynote Address: Paradigm Of Change

Judiciary & Exectuive: Agenda For Governance

Harish Salve
Senior Advocate & Former Solicitor General of India
08:00 - 09:00 PM
Keynote Address: The New World Order

India@75: The Road Ahead

Fareed Zakaria
Indian-American Journalist, Political Commentator, Author and Host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS
09:00 - 09:05 PM
Vote of Thanks
Avinash Pandey
CEO, ABP Network
09:05 - 09:50 PM
Gala Felicitation
Conversation: A Fresh Narrative

New Beginnings: Reorienting Entertainment

Aamir Khan
Actor, Producer & Director
09:50 PM onwards
Cocktails & Dinner

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