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ABP Network’s ‘Ideas of India’ Summit 3.0 fascinates the audience with keen deliberations around “The People’s Agenda” on Day 1

ABP Network’s ‘Ideas of India’ Summit 3.0 fascinates the audience with keen deliberations around “The People’s Agenda” on Day 1


Mumbai, February 23, 2024:  The opening day  of ABP Network’s 'Ideas of India' Summit 3.0 left the audience enraptured with policymakers, cultural ambassadors, industry experts, celebrities, business leaders, economists, and leading luminaries discussing many ideas and perspectives of India, its people and the society as the nation progresses on the road to Vikist Bharat.


Welcoming the audience to the Third Edition of the Summit, Avinash Pandey, CEO, ABP Network remarked, "It is a year of cataclysmic changes, yet a season of hope, resilience, and re-imagination. At Ideas of India Summit 3.0, we are focused on people of this great nation and beyond, their hopes, fears, and aspirations. Artists, authors, scientists, politicians, and musicians will debate and discuss the issues of our time, quickening our pulses and taking us into the sunlight of introspection and imagination."

He further urged the audience to “use these two days to think about the challenges that face us, not merely as a country but as a human race.”

Atideb Sarkar, Chief Editor, ABP Network, in his keynote address emphasized, "Another Idea of India could combine economic and social progress, care for the environment, pluralism, and national security. It could restore the constitutional balance between national unity and the dignity of the individual. It would have to show how more jobs could be created more humanely and it would need to be articulated by a leader who embodies these values and with whom young voters identify. India must answer two questions: If not Ram Rajya, then what? If not Modi, then who? Only then we will have a real contest!"

Deliberating upon the topic ‘Viksit Bharat: The Road to 2047’, Dr. Anish Shah, Group CEO and MD, Mahindra Group and, President, FICCI, expressed, “India envisions to be a 30 trillion economy by 2047 to be a Viksit Bharat. This means manufacturing  should be 25% of GDP. We should be more ambitious and make manufacturing grow 16 times and exports grow 11 times”


Growing up with techno-bureaucrat and mathematician parents, education was ingrained as a priority in my life from the start. My father had a remarkable talent for explaining the physics of everyday occurrences, which instilled in me a deep curiosity and appreciation for the world around me," said Nandini Harinath, Deputy Director, Spacecraft Operations Area, ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network, ISRO in the session Women in STEM.

Discussing her journey and the rise of women scientists at ISRO, Dr. Nigar Shaji, Project Director, Aditya L-1 Mission, ISRO, said, “At ISRO, there is no glass ceiling, passion is supported. For women, balancing work, family, and personal life is essential, with health as a priority. Visibility for women in STEM is vital; education must be engaging and inclusive from grassroots."


Elaborating on the vital role played by women in STEM to break the glass ceiling and drive India’s growth, Prof. (Dr.) Annapurni Subramaniam, FASc., FNASc., Director, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, said, “It is important to create a framework at home, where the support can be asked from the family and traditional roles can be given a push back.”


Known as the man who helps civil service aspirants crack interviews, Prof. Vijender Singh Chauhan, Associate Professor, Zakir Husain College Delhi, said, “We need to understand that 25-year-olds are the most populous demographic in India globally. Parents should stop treating their children as mere projects, pushing them towards preparing for IITs, then sending them to IIMs, and finally aiming for a UPSC clearance."

Neetu Singh, Founder, KD Campus & KD Live, Author English Teacher, added, “We need to understand that there are still values in our society, and many students go through hardships only to fulfil the dreams of their parents.”

Bollywood Film Producer and Director Vipul A Shah in the session Anatomy of Art Are our Movies Dividing or Uniting Us said, “The rise in political consciousness among Indians has significantly influenced the content of films we make and the stories we tell. Supporting films like 'Kerala Story' is important, it speaks to the filmmaker's integrity and the importance of diverse voices and narratives,” he said.


Sharing his take on whether polarizing movies are a recent trend, Madhur Bhandarkar, Filmmaker, Producer and Script Writer, remarked, “There is no division in the film industry; it remains unified, despite varied political and non-political leanings. While some artists are open and vocal, others choose discretion.”


Known for movies like Parched and OTT series ‘House of Secrets’, Leena Yadav, Filmmaker and Storyteller, put forth a women’s perspective, stating, “Films cannot be made without politics. The lack of real dialogue between filmmakers is missing, and the social media is creating pressure for people to take action. It is impossible for makers not to include their political bias.”


In the session, Collaborative Federalism, speaking about dynamics of electoral alliance in Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, said, “We are in strategic alliance with NCP and with emotional alliance with Eknath Shinde ji’s Shiv Sena. The General Election 2024 is not an election of negative mandate. BJP does not face by anti-incumbency. We don’t need to target the opposition. In Maharashtra, there are challenges but we will only do better than our performance from the last two times”.


Sharing his journey from humble beginnings to international success on the panel “Inside the Mind of a Genius: Memories of My Home,” the internationally acclaimed and celebrated Indian artist Subodh Gupta said, “I come from a humble family, and my family members worked for the railways. So I am a railway boy. But in my childhood, there was an impact of art. I joined theatre and made posters. And someone, after seeing my posters, encouraged me to join art college, and this is how the journey started.”


In the session, Homegrown ‘Brands rooted to the Earth’, Atul Saraf, Chairman of Aisshpra Gems & Jewels, said, “Jewellery is not an expense; it is a part of investment for an average Indian family. The trends in jewellery is changing. People want to wear light weighed jewellery that can be worn anytime anywhere. This trend has also made jewellery affordable.”

Rajesh Kumar Agrahari, Founder, Rajesh Masale shared about his entrepreneurial journey in the realm of spices. Speaking about the power of being an entrepreneur, he said, “Anyone can become can entrepreneur if the person is determined and honest. There cannot be a better politician than a business person as it is a businessman, who serves the nation through serving the people, create employment, and pays taxes to the government.”

In the session, The Power of Transformation- how to heal and cure, Dismissing myths about Ayurveda, Acharya Manish, Motivational Speaker and Ayurveda Expert, showcased human interest case studies showcasing rapid transformation and recovery with Ayurveda healing techniques. He added, “Ayurveda has many benefits. Western medicine directs us towards either surgery or medicine. Despite Ayurveda being an Indian medicine science, not many people know that eye treatments can be done under Ayurveda.”


Speaking in the session, “The Idea of India: Understanding the Many Incarnations” Prof. Sunil Khilnani remarked, “A global democratic movement seem to have stalled. Today, there are once again more dictatorship than democracies in the world. We seem to have over emphasized the importance of electoral process. The winning of power gives sanction to use of power in different ways. It is the other institutions, which are critical to keep democracy alive.”


Speaking during a session titled "India’s Infra Giants: Builders of Viksit Bharat," Chandra Prakash Agrawal, Chairman and Managing Director of Gallant Group of Industries, said, “We have all that is needed to make ourselves the third-largest economy. But to encourage nation building, it is essential to ensure an efficient redressal system to address the grievances of honest taxpayers. While compliance is focused on, the need for a robust redressal mechanism is necessary for ensuring swift resolution.”


“PM Modi has ensured that democracy delivers. Only liberal values are not going to take you anywhere, it is through the delivery mechanism you would get there,” stated seasoned politician and academician, Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Vice-Chairman, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini and Member-NEC, BJP speaking in the panel General Elections 2024 – Will Democracy Win?.


Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, INC Thiruvananthapuram and Author, countered in the same panel, “Start-ups have fired more people than they have hired in the past two years. Foreign investments have dropped.”


SECMOL Founding Director Sonam Wangchuk expressed his views and explored the theme, "A More Sustainable World: How to Live a Green Life. He said, "I want to convey to people in big cities that the way of life here has a huge impact on places like Ladakh. With glaciers rapidly receding, we must understand the interconnectedness of urban lifestyles with global environmental repercussions.


Bollywood Actress Kiara Advani, spoke in the session the Outsider's Uphill Battle: The Struggle and the Success about how she handles fame and admiration, stating , “I have a sense of gratitude from the starting of my journey. My base years have kept me grounded, and the art of balancing is what has made me sail through these 10 years.”


In the session, How to Make a Blockbuster: It Takes Guts and Glory, Famous Filmmaker and Director Atlee remarked, “Movies are not bounded by language but by love. Even if I am not familiar with Hindi, I can make a Hindi movie because I understand the emotions of audience coming to watch my cinema.”


Ananya Birla, Social Entrepreneur and Artist and Navya Naveli Nanda, Podcaster, Founder, Project Naveli and Co-Founder, Nimaya Foundation shared their views on the theme ‘The Next-Gen: A Different Vibe’. 


Talking about her initiative Svatantra, Ananya Birla, shared a refreshing perspective of what the new India wants. “I realised early on that in our society that women didn't have the freedom to do what they wanted because they were not financially independent.


Advocating for social responsibility, Navya expressed, “Giving back is both a moral and individual choice, we must give back in whatever way we can. The past three years have been about creating impact and feeling a personal responsibility for the work I carry forward, while also creating a separate identity for myself."


‘No version of Ramayana describes idea of Ram Rajya in detail,’ said renowned author Amish Tripathi in the session titled "Ayodhya and After: Is Ram Rajya the Ideal State" as he delved into the concept of Ram Rajya. He added, “the idea of Ram Rajya is discussed in other religious texts, and the versions of Ramayana tell us about the journey of a leader who can lead to Ram Rajya. ”

Bollywood Stars Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao shared the stories around their upcoming movie “Laapataa Ladies”. Speaking at the session “Telling Lapaataa Tales: Scenes from an Invisible Country Nation”, Aamir Khan, said, “Kiran is a very honest filmmaker, and Lapaataa Ladies is such a dramatic story that I thought this should be made.”

Talking about her movie Laapataa Ladies that will hit the screen in March, Kiran Rao, said, “There’s a different excitement in working with new actors, and this movie gave enough opportunity to do so. The social issues work as a subtext in the movie.”


As the curtains fall on the exhilarating Day 1 of the ABP Network’s 'Ideas of India' Summit 3.0, the event has triumphed in its mission to engage the audience and get them thinking with a kaleidoscope of diverse views on India and Democracy. The vibrant discussions pulsated with the heartbeat of the nation and the symphony of voices resonated, providing a panoramic view of the nation's trajectory and its relentless journey towards becoming Viksit Bharat. The Day 1 set the context for an even greater and engaging Day 2, which will see a range of intellectuals across different walks of life discuss the most important thing for 2024 'The People’s Agenda'.


Spanning two days, the third edition of ‘Ideas of India Summit’ delves into the fundamental ideas of liberty, justice, equality, and diversity that define India. The Summit features captivating discourses on sustainable growth and assess alterations in society, culture, and politics. With over 35 sessions and 60 speakers and session chairs, the ABP Network Ideas of India Summit 3.0 promises a fascinating and enriching experience.

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