The third edition of the India Today Conclave South will be held at Visakhapatnam on December 21 and 22. The two-day conclave will witness chief ministers along with top ministers, industrialists, entertainers and film stars, all on one platform deliberating on various key issues.
This year, the India Today Group celebrates the power and potential of the six southern states at theÂ conclave. The event is aimed to underline the economic resurgence, artistic heritage, political legacies and cultural engagement of the region.
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry, Telangana and Tamil NaduÂ have a combined GDP of over $400 billion and when put together are among the top 30 economies of the world, contributing over 22% of Indiaâs GDP and 28% of Indiaâs employment.
They account for 20% of Indiaâs population andÂ contributed almost 30% of India's tax revenues. By 2020, it is projected that South India will become aÂ $1,200 billion economy. With human development indices of the south higher than the rest of India, it is clear the higherÂ the south rises, the better India will do.
TheÂ third edition will see N. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh and V Narayanasamy, Chief Minister, Puducherry setting the tone for the growing importance of their states both as a political and economic powerhouse. Other political heavyweights such as Ram Madhav, National General Secretary, BJP; Thomas Isaac, Finance Minister, Kerala; Bhuma Akhila Priya, Tourism Minister, Andhra Pradesh; SA. RA. Mahesh, Tourism Minister, Karnataka; Priyank Kharge, Minister for Social Welfare, Karnataka; Jayadev Galla, TDP MP from Andhra Pradesh and Madhu Yaskhi Goud, former MP will come together toÂ share, discuss and critique the burning questions faced by the southern states. In addition, prominent local politicians are also expected to be present at the event.
Among the film stars, Arvind Swami will be sharing about balancing the real and reel while Aditi Rao Hydari will be talking on working across cultures. One of the most anticipated sessions planned for this edition of the India Today Conclave South is #MeToo to #WeToo, which will see actors Rakul Preet Singh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and Padmapriya Janakiraman along with journalist Sandhya Menon engage in riveting discussions on the countryâs most sensitive movement.