Times Now, the English news channel from Times Network, hosted the first state conclave in Bengaluru. The ‘Times Now Karnataka Now Conclave 2018’ saw the coming together of business leaders and political helmsmen, including Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah, Amit Shah, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Kiran M Shaw, Chetan Bhagat, Krishnakumar Natarajan, Ganesh Krishnan, Siddharth Menda, Malavika Avinash among others.
They addressed the audience on government initiatives, policy reforms, state economy, growth opportunities, science and innovation through a series of panel discussions and deliberations.
Themed ‘Seize the Moment’, the Karnataka Now Conclave 2018 was attended by eminent speakers who provided insights on what steps Karnataka must take to adapt new social and political order to further secure its legacy built on innovation and enterprise. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Mindtree Co-Founder Krishnakumar Natarajan, Ganesh Krishnan of growth story and Co-Works founder Sidharth Menda deliberated on what it will take to push Bengaluru to become the world’s first name for innovation in the panel session titled ‘Back office to global innovator. What will it take?’ was moderated by Chetan Bhagat. Union Minister Prakash Javdekar, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav and Dr Subramanian Swamy and Prakash Raj debated issues around the question whether this election is more about Kannada pride rather than about development and discuss issues that plague the Silicon City and how it can evolve to become a city of the future.
Kicking off the conclave, MK Anand, MD and CEO, Times Network, said, "Shaping opinions and insights to build an informed nation is key to the democratic process. Times Network goes beyond just seeing through the narrative and actively facilitates platforms for participants to interact and improve understanding. 'Karnataka Now - Seize the Moment' on Times Now has been designed with the objective of addressing pertinent issues such as government initiatives, policy reforms, business growth and innovation."
In conversation with Rahul Shivshankar, Editor-in-Chief, Times Now, Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramiah took time off from the hurly burly of election campaigning and laid out a roster of his government’s achievements.
Speaking at the ‘Back Office to Global Innovator. What will it take?’ session at the conclave, Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Railways, said, “There is a wave of change in Karnataka. The BJP is committed to making Bengaluru a more liveable city and build its status as a centre of innovation.”
As a co-panellist on the session on ‘Back Office to Global Innovator’, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson & Managing Director, Biocon Ltd., said, “What differentiated Bengaluru from other cities in India is the fact that it was built using intellectual capital rather than money power. It was built on a strong foundation of science and technology. Every successive government invested in engineering education and the promotion of IT and BT sectors. But what has not kept pace with the exponential growth brought in by intellectual capital is the physical infrastructure.”