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Monday, March 3, 2014

India Today Conclave 2014 #Winning

Every year India Today Group via its annual flagship event #IndiaTodayConclave which is India’s Most Premium Leadership event happening since last 12 years, has brought to us the best leaders who are making the change today and the visionaries who work for a better tomorrow such as Narendra Modi, Malcom Gladwell, Rahul Dravid etc. 

The India Today Conclave 2014 is scheduled for 7th and 8th March 2014. As is the case every year this year too, the panel is a great amalgamation of actors, leaders, scientists and entrepreneurs. The ones I am looking forward to are:

Henrik Schrafe aka The Robot Man: Henrik Schärfe was a little-known professor at Denmark's Aalborg University until he began appearing on YouTube and at TED conferences with his doppelgänger, Geminoid-DK. The robot looks a lot like Schärfe, 44, so it's very cool — and pretty creepy. But that's Schärfe's point. He hopes the alter-Schärfe will make people uneasy enough that they'll think about the role of technology in their lives and the boundaries between humans and machines.Isn't that awesome?

Shashi Tharoor: He is the current Indian minister for HRD and has been an under secretary general for the UN. However, he has been more popular through his columns in The Times of India and then for his books the most popular ones being Pax Indica, The Great Indian Novel, The Elephant the Tiger and the Cellphone, etc. More about him here:

Kamila Shamsie: She is a Pakistani novelist who writes in English. Her first book The City by the
Sea, was published in 1998. It was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in the UK, and Shamsie received the Prime Minister's Award for Literature in Pakistan in 1999. Her second novel, Salt and Saffron, followed in 2000, after which she was selected as one of Orange's 21 Writers of the 21st century. Her third novel, Kartography, received widespread critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys award in the UK. Both Kartography and her next novel, Broken Verses, have won the Patras Bokhari Award from the Academy of Letters in Pakistan. Her fifth novel Burnt Shadows was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her books have been translated in a number of languages.

Aatish Taseer: He is British-born writer-journalist, and the son of Indian journalist Tavleen Singh and Pakistani politician and businessman Salmaan Taseer. He has written a highly acclaimed translation of Saadat Hasan Manto's short stories from the original Urdu, Manto: Selected Stories (2008).

His first book Stranger to History : A Son's Journey Through Islamic Lands (2009), part memoir-part travelogue, has been translated into more than 14 languages and hailed as a 'must-read' for anyone attempting to understand the Muslim world .The book caught the attention of Nobel Laureate Sir V.S. Naipaul, who labelled Taseer 'a young writer to watch'. His first novel, The Temple-Goers (2010) was also very well received; it was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. 
More here:

Adrian Levy aka Chronicle of Terror: He is an is an award-winning journalist and film maker who The Guardian. The most popular of his writings is his  third book was set there: Deception: Pakistan, the United States, and the Global Nuclear Weapons Conspiracy. Published in 2007, it revealed how Abdul Qadeer Khan, a Pakistan metallurgist, stole nuclear secrets to build a bomb, before selling them around the world. However, Levy also revealed how the US had inadvertently armed countries President George W. Bush described as the axis of evil, by enabling Pakistan to arm itself while turning a blind eye as it sold on its know-how, Washington desiring to keep Islamabad as a key ally in Bush's War on Terror. His fifth book, The Siege, based around the attacks on Mumbai in November 2008, was published by Penguin in November 2013.

Ahmed Rashid:  is a former Pakistani militant, a journalist and best-selling foreign policy author of several books about Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia.He is a well known and vocal critic of the Bush administration in relation to the Iraq war and its alleged neglect of the Taliban issue.Rashid's 2000 book, Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, was a New York Times bestseller for five weeks, translated into 22 languages, and has sold 1.5 million copies since the September 11, 2001 attacks.The book was used extensively by American analysts in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Rashid charged that former President George W. Bush plagiarized his work in writing his memoirs. His commentary also appears in the Washington Post's PostGlobal segment.

Anne Lauvergeon:  is a French businesswoman, and was CEO Areva 2001–2011. In 2006 Fortune Global 500, published by the American magazine Fortune, ranked her as the 2nd most powerful women in Europe, behind Patricia Russo, future president of Alcatel-Lucent.

Maysoon Zayid:  is an American actress, comedian and advocate who is of Palestinian descent. She was New Jersey in 1974.She described herself in a BBC interview as "a Palestinian Muslim virgin with cerebral palsy, from New Jersey, who is an actress, comedian and activist".Zayid has been a resident of Cliffside Park, New Jersey. She is considered one of America's first Muslim women comedians and the first person ever to perform standup in Palestine and Jordan.

Kalki Koechlin: is an Indian film actress of French descent who debuted in Anurag Kashyap's critically acclaimed Hindi film Dev.D. She played the character of Chandramukhi in the film, a modern take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's Bengali novella Devdas, and eventually won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal.

She subsequently featured in the comedy-dramas Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), both of which were commercially successful, and earned her two more nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also works as a co-screenwriter with husband Anurag Kashyap.

Arun Shourie:  is an Indian journalist, author and politician. He served as an economist with the World Bank, a consultant to the Planning Commission, India, editor of the Indian Express and Times of India and a minister in the government of India. He has written 26 books. His writings have gained him a considerable following in Hindu nationalist circles, as well as several national and international honours. Among these are the Padma Bhushan, the Magsaysay Award, the Dadabhai Naoroji Award, the Astor Award, the K.S. Hegde Award and the International Editor of the Year Award and The Freedom to Publish Award.                       
More about him is here:

Arvind Kejriwal: The man who needs no introduction, from being a common man that defeated the long lasting legacy and ruling of big political parties to leaving the throne when his mission for the common man not being executed, thanks to the corrupt congress support. He is also the winner of  Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership in 2006 for his contribution to the enactment of the Right to Information Act.

 More here :

Amitabh Bachchan: A man who needs no introduction. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian Film Industry ,the French director François Truffaut called him a "one-man industry".

More about him here : 

Hooman Majd: is an Iranian-American journalist, author, and commentator who writes on Iranian affairs.
He has published three non-fiction books, in the U.S., the U.K. and which have been translated into a number of other languages :
  • The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran.
  • The Ayatollahs' Democracy: An Iranian Challenge.
  • The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay: An American Family in Iran.
Read more about him here:

Jack Sim: is the founder of the Restroom Association of Singapore and World Toilet Organization. Formerly in the construction industry, he left to found the Toilet Organization in 2001.For "creating good will and bringing the subject into the open" and "mobilizing national support in providing on-the-ground expertise" he received the Schwab Foundation award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year, also in 2001.He was elected a Fellow of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in 2007, and as of Fall 2007 he was assisting in the United Nations plans for the International Year of Sanitation in 2008. Sim was named one of the Heroes of the Environment for 2008 by Time Magazine. Jack broke the global taboo of toilet and sanitation by bringing it to global media centre-stage with his unique mix of humour and serious facts since 2001.

More about him here: 

Jean-Yves Le Gall: is Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, the world’s leading launch service & solutions company. More about him here:

Harish Salve: is one of India's leading lawyers, who primarily practices at the Supreme Court of India. He also appears in various high courts and in international arbitral disputes, sometimes as a counsel and other times as an adjudicator. Salve is a well-known practitioner of constitutional, commercial and taxation laws. Salve represented Vodafone in its $2.5 billion tax dispute with the Indian government. Salve appeared for Bilkis Bano, a victim of the Gujarat Riots, at the behest of the National Human Rights Commission in 2003.In 2009, India Today magazine ranked him the 18th most powerful person in the country. 
Read more about him here:
Jesselyn Radack  is a former ethics adviser to the United States Department of Justice who came to prominence as a whistleblower after she disclosed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) committed what she believed to be an ethics violation in their interrogation of John Walker Lindh (the "American Taliban" captured during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan) without an attorney present, and alleged that the Department of Justice attempted to suppress that information. The Lindh case was the first major terrorism prosecution after 9/11. Her experience is chronicled in her memoir, TRAITOR: The Whistleblower and the "American Taliban".  

Read more about her here:

K. Radhakrishnan:  is an Indian scientist and the present chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation He is also the chairman of the board of management, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology. He has also served as the director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram. He is a life fellow of the Indian Geophysical Union and is also an accomplished vocalist (Carnatic music) and Kathakali artist. 

More about him is here:

Niladri Kumar: is an Indian classical and fusion musician. A disciple of Ravi Shankar, he performed on the sitar from a young age and toured and released albums as an adult. He created a unique instrument, a modified sitar, which he named zitar

More about him is here:

Pierre Hermé: is a French pastry chef most famous for his macarons, many of which have unusual flavor He was awarded "Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur" by Jacques Chirac in 2007. He has written two English-language dessert cookbooks, together with food writer Dorie Greenspan: Desserts by Pierre Hermé and Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé. French Vogue magazine dubbed him "The Picasso of Pastry."
combinations.Pierre Hermé was the youngest person ever to be named France's Pastry Chef of the Year, and is also the only pastry chef to have been decorated as a Chevalier of Arts and Letters.

More about him is here:

Rahul Sharma: is Co Founder, Micromax Informatics Limited, is the driving force behind
Micromax’s commendable position in the Indian mobile handset market. Leading the Product and Sales
strategies in Micromax, Rahul encompasses an enriching work experience of 13 years. The phenomenal
growth of Micromax can be attributed to the dynamic leadership of Mr. Sharma. An unparalleled
increase in revenue inflow further substantiates the midas touch that Rahul has brought to the
company and an equally impressive growth of the company highlights the consistency of his leadership. 

More about him is here:

Ranveer Singh: is an Indian actor working in Bollywood. Following his Bachelor of Arts degree fromBand Baaja Baaraat, and got selected. After its release, Band Baaja Baaraat became a critical and commercial success, with Singh's portrayal of Bittoo being lauded by critics. He went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut at the 56th Filmfare Awards. Singh continued experimenting with different roles including a con artist in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011), a disguised robber in the critically acclaimed Lootera (2013) and a Gujarati boy in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013), which emerged as Singh's biggest commercial success to date. He further received critical acclaim for his portrayal of a local goon in Gunday (2014). 
Indiana University, Bloomington, Singh returned to India to pursue his dream of being an actor. In 2010, Singh auditioned for the lead role in the Yash Raj Films venture called

More about him here:

Vasundhara Raje: is an Indian politician who has been Chief Minister of Rajasthan since 2013; previously she served in the same post from 2003 to 2008. She is the first female Chief Minister of Rajasthan.  

More about her here :

And last but not the least 

Deepika Padukone: is an Indian film actress and model. She has established a successful career in films, and is cited in the media as one of the most popular and attractive Indian celebrities. She made her acting debut in 2006 as the titular character of the Kannada film Aishwarya. Padukone then played dual roles in her first Bollywood release—the 2007 blockbuster Om Shanti Om—and won a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. In 2013 she won Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her performance in the tragic romance Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela.
More about her here:

Other speakers of prominence are:

Anand Sharma                                    Anil Agarwal                               Arvind Panagriya

                            Ashok Lahiri                                          Digvijaya Singh

JK Dutt                                                    Jairam Ramesh                                                     Kapil Sibal

                       Manish Sisodia                                               Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Omar Abdullah                                      Rakesh Maria                                                             Ranjit Sinha

Ratal Puri                              Shahbaz Sharif                                                Shivraj Singh Chauhan

Sukhbir Singh Badal                                Yogendra Yadav

Hoping to win a chance to witness my idols live as an India Today loyalist!

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