Economy, Kashmir, showbiz: Day 1 of India Today Conclave 2019 Mumbai had it all
From fixing the economy and analysing the Narendra Modi government’s Kashmir gamble to tales of teenage depression and stories from the world of showbiz, the Day 1 of the India Today Conclave 2019 Mumbai had it all.
The Day 1 of the India Today Conclave 2019 Mumbai played host to interesting debates, engaging keynotes and informed panel discussions on a variety of subjects.
The Conclave kicked off with a welcome address by India Today Group Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie, who spoke about India’s demographic dividend and the concerns being raised about the economy, while stressing on the need for a ‘minimum government’.
His address was followed by a keynote delivered by RBI Governor Shaktikanti Das, who revealed that the central bank had sniffed a slowdown in the economy as early as February this year and had begun taking measures since then. An optimistic Das also said that recent measures announced by the government would augur well for the economy.
Economy was also the focus of a panel discussion featuring Shamika Ravi (Member, PM’s Economic Advisory Council), Roopa Purushottam (Chief Economist and Head of Policy Advocacy, Tata Sons Limited) and Ritu Dewan (Vice President, Indian Society of Labour Economics). The experts agreed that the Indian economy was slowing down and discussed the factors responsible for the slow growth.
Meanwhile, Union minister Nitin Gadkari expressed confidence in his government’s ability to bring the economy back up to speed while his fellow minister Piyush Goyal led a panel discussion that dissected the Modi government’s recent reform measures aimed at boosting the Indian economy.
A highlight of the Day 1 of the Conclave 2019 Mumbai was Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa who spoke about the Balakot airstrike and fixing the problem of depleting fighter jets his force faces.
Another highlight was a face-off between Shashi Tharoor and Swapan Dasgupta who sparred over Hindutva, nationalism and a strong India.
Kashmir was also a big focus on the Day 1 of the India Today Conclave 2019 Mumbai. Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh defended the Modi government’s recent decisions with regards to Jammu and Kashmir and emphasised on the need for the restriction imposed there, restricted that he said were minimal, preventive and necessary.
Later in the day, Iltija Mufti, the daughter of former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti, countered with a strong criticism of the Modi government’s Kashmir move and the restrictions imposed there. Iltija hit out at the government for the preventive detentions of her mother and other Kashmiri leaders and for the restrictions imposed in the region.
Over three sessions, the Day 1 of the India Today Conclave 2019 Mumbai looked into mental health and wellness. In the first session on the subject, brave teenagers came forward with their stories of depression. Next, Neerja Birla spoke about how lack of awareness still comes in the way of tackling mental health. And finally, Yogi Cameron offered insights on how he shunned a high life to attain inner peace.
Day 1 of the Conclave was also big on showbiz. Actor Vicky Kaushal recalled his journey in Bollywood while Karan Johar opened up about ruling Bollywood. The day ended with an absorbing deconstruction by actor Arjun Kapoor who took the audience through decades of India cinema to analyse how the India hero has changed over the years.