With its 17th edition, India Today Conclave was back in Mumbai with the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the India Today Group Aroon Purie kickstarting the two-day conclave.

The theme for this year was “The Great Churn: Triumphs and Tribulations” looking back at the churn this year has been.

Soon after Aroon Purie, it was Sonia Gandhi who addressed the audience and she wasted no time in launching a frontal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Without mentioning anyone, she slammed the arrogance of BJP for running down the achievements of the past government.

Commenting on Rahul Gandhi, Sonia observed the newly-appointed Congress president needs to strike the right balance among the general public. When asked whether she will contest in the 2019 general election, she said, “Whatever decision my party takes, I will abide by it.”

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tore into US President Donald Trump’s election campaign strategy stating that America did not deserve to have Donald Trump as the US President.

Speaking at the final session, Clinton repeatedly said that there was Russian interference in the US presidential election of 2016. She further went on to claim that the Russians are still playing with the American society and trying to turn Americans against each other.

Vice President of Business Development, Facebook, Ash Jhaveri, spoke about India being one of the biggest technology hubs in the world in a discussion titled “Two I’s of Facebook: Innovation and India” at the India Today Conclave 2018.

On being asked about what future jobs in India look like, “Innovation exists all around the world. You don’t need to be in Silicon Valley to have an                                                                impact on the world,” Jhaveri replied.

Is the traditional TV medium dying a slow death? Or will the regressive daily soaps and the dramatic reality shows continue to rule the hearts in want of technology reaching every doorstep?

Rohan Joshi and Tanmay Bhat had a thought-provoking discussion on the same in the session titled–Is TV Dead? “Our biggest problem was TV had forgotten how to be cinematic. Look at Malgudi Days, it looked beautiful, cinematic, something we have forgotten,” Rohan lamented.

Speaking about TV shows, “If you look at the comedy since five years, there is a sameness that is ailing the industry,” he explained.

In her talk titled “The Great Equaliser: Sports and Education For All”, Nita Ambani emphasized on sports and education being the two pillars on which ‘India tomorrow’ will rise and narrated inspiring stories of young boys and girls who dared to dream and succeeded.

Nita Ambani laid stress on the importance of capitalizing on India’s large population of young people and called on her audience to “join hands” to ensure that the 2026 Youth Olympics would be held in India.

A day after Sonia Gandhi said that the BJP will lose the elections of 2019, Nitin Gadkari hit back at her at the same stage terming her statement as “Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne”.

“People will once again vote for Modi,” a confident Gadkari said. Gadkari, while listing government’s many achievements, however, said that there is a need to focus more on the agricultural sector. He said the BJP was never a party of Vajpayee, neither of Advani, and nor of Shah, and was of the opinion that BJP has always been a party of workers.


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