Features speakers from a range of disciplines from the world of politics, business, government, social work, entertainment and cricket
December 6, 2012:
After 12 years at the helm of the Hindi news universe, Aaj Tak brings you another first. A galaxy of the finest speakers in Hindi will congregate in New Delhi on December 6 and 7 for Agenda Aaj Tak. Organised as part of its editorial mission, Aaj Tak’s ‘mahamanch’ or conclave will see a lively battle of ideas.
Agenda Aaj Tak will feature speakers from a range of disciplines from the world of politics, business, government, social work, entertainment and cricket.
Among the big highlights of the two-day event will be Arvind Kejriwal’s first public debate as he takes on the Congress’s Mani Shankar Aiyar and BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad. Ahead of the 2014 elections, the event will see Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh and the BJP Leader of the Opposition in the LokSabha Sushma Swaraj spell out their idea of India.
5 former cricket captains from India and Pakistan will take the stage as they ponder whether matches between the two nations can be categorised as sport or war. Participating in the debate will be Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Kapil Dev, Mohammed Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly.
Agenda Aaj Tak brings together poets and music directors, litterateurs and actors, in a first-of-a-kind conclave conducted entirely in Hindi with at its heart the theme ‘India Maange More’ (India Wants More).
Speaking about the conclave, India Today group chairman and Editor-in-chief AroonPurie said, “We have been conducting the India Today Conclave for 11 years now with great success. This year we are organising Agenda Aaj Tak our conclave in Hindi. Our huge Hindi audience has ensured Aaj Tak remains the country’s No. 1 news brand for the last 12 years and sets the agenda. With this conference our aim is to open up this process and do it in the language of the country. I believe a summit for India in its own language is a must as the true spirit of debate is often lost in translation.”
Among the top political speakers at the ‘Mahamanch’ will be, union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, telecom minister Kapil Sibal, parliamentary affairs and urban development Minister Kamal Nath, information & broadcasting minister (Independent charge) Manish Tiwari, corporate affairs minister (Independent Charge) Sachin Pilot, CPM leader Sitaram Yechuri, BJP president Nitin Gadkari and leader of the opposition in the LokSabha & RajyaSabha Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley respectively.
Adding to the political star power at Agenda Aaj Tak will be Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Expect fireworks from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and former Chief Minister Lalu Prasad. Sparks will also fly as Swami Ramdev discusses whether black money stashed abroad can return to India.
From corruption to crony capitalism, no subject will be taboo at Agenda Aaj Tak. And it will be in a language which the majority calls its own. Says Aaj Tak Managing Editor, Supriya Prasad, “To understand the country, its issues and its problems it was essential that we keep the entire programme in Hindi. It was vital to our objective when organising Agenda Aaj Tak.”
Among the most awaited sessions will be the one in which business tycoons, Subrata Sahara and Sanjiv Goenka debate what ails India’s economy.
Also not to be missed will be sessions with the man who is always in ‘Talash’ of perfection Aamir Khan. And if that doesn’t leave the audience bedazzled, there will also be Madhuri Dikshit and Kajol for company. The small screen’s superstars will also be part of the conclave as Sameer Soni, Sakshi Tanwar and Avika Gaur take centrestage.
Tehreek-e-insaaf chief Imran Khan will join the speakers at Agenda Aaj Tak as he spells out how he plans to bring a tsunami of change in Pakistan,
Prepare yourself for two days of gripping debates and fiery opinions broadcast live by the nation’s favourite news channel Aaj Tak.