The Annual Conference

After six successful summits that have attracted leaders from amongst the best of India's policymakers, corporate leaders and opinion makers, in 2012 stage is set for the seventh Mindmine Summit with a theme: "India in transition: For better or for worse?". We are in a period of change and transition, both nationally and globally. Every industry in India is facing challenges due to this change. A need to discuss and analyze these issues to generate new ideas toward effective results led to the theme of Mindmine 2012.

In this seventh edition, we opted for a more interactive format for our plenary sessions and panel discussions. Instead of fixed delivery formats, panel speakers and session chairpersons, we have dialogue partners and interlocutors. This delivery went down very well with our audience, and we hope to consolidate this approach in forthcoming summits.

Participants have an opportunity to take part in a diverse and interactive meet. Besides plenary sessions that will feature a galaxy of business leaders and policy makers, Summit has unique Mindmine Exchanges with youth icons, opinion makers and diverse stakeholders from across the country. The summit end with a riveting and heated debate.

Summit also features the Seventh edition of the BML Munjal Awards for Excellence in Learning and Development. The awards look at companies that have consistently leveraged training and learning for competitive advantage. The winners are selected by a top flight independent jury made up of some of India's most respected names in the corporate sector.

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Key sessions and the speakers were:

Session I: How have the recently held elections impacted India and Indian Businesses?

The Economist magazine had described the assembly election results as a "welcome slap in the face.'' The exchange analyzed the impact of the assembly verdict on politics and policy-making in India from here on.

Dialogue Partners: Dr. D. Raja, Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha, Ms. Mrinal Pande, Chairperson of Prasar  Bharati, Mr. Vinod Dua, Consulting Editor NDTV, Mr. Ravi Srinivasan, Chief of Bureau The Hindu Business Line, Mr. Sidhartha Zarabi, Editor – Economic Policy CNBC TV18

Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Jt. MD Hero Motocorp Ltd., Chairman Hero Corporate Services, Limited

Session II: India in Churn: Missed Bus or the Wrong Bus

Over the past, hype about India has been replaced by pessimism about India and the way its decision makers have been functioning. Focus of the session is to do a practical and realistic appraisal of the country and capture the real India that could emerge in the coming years.

Dialogue Partners: Dr. Subir Gokarn, Deputy Governor – RBI, Mr. RC Bargava, President & CEO RCB Consulting Private Limited, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Dr. Laveesh Bhandari, Director – Indicus Analystics, Dr. Amit Kapoor, Honorary Chairman Institute for Competitiveness studying firms, Cluster and Economics

Dr. Vinayshil Gautam, A Al-Sager Chair Emeritus Professor of Management, IIT (Delhi)

Session III: Showcasing India: Is the F1 success the turning point for India skill and scale?

The commonwealth Games and the F1 event have showcased the best and worst of India's capabilities. Dialogue discussed whether lessons can or will be learnt for the future.

Dialogue Partners: Mr. Petu Keswani, Chairman & Managing Director Lemon Tree Hotels, Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO & MD DMICDC, Mr. Vikram Mehta, Chairman – Shell group of Companies

Mr. Sunil Jain, Opinion Edit or Financial Express

Session IV: Agitated India: Is It people power or pester power that is redefining India’s Governance agenda?

Shrill rhetoric from civil society and from the opposition appears to be dictating the course of action and inaction at the centre. Dialogue discussed whether India's biggest strength-its democratic apparatus-can actually be its weakest link.

Dialogue Partners: Dr. Jyoti Sagar, Founder Partner – J. Sagar Associates, Mr. Ajay Bahl, Managing Partner - AZB & Partners, Ms. Sunita Narain, Director General Centre for Science and Environment, Mr. Salil Singhal, Chairman Secure Meters Limited

Mr. Siddharth Varadarajan, Editor The Hindu.

Session V: FDI Debate: Much ado over nothing?

FDI reforms are on the backburner once again. Session discussed the business and economic case for FDI in resistance-prone sectors such as retail, aviation, pension and insurance. Session also assessed whether it is possible to seek middle ground between supporters and antagonists.

Dialogue Partners: Mr. P Chengal Reddy, Secretary General – Consortium of Indian Farmer Association, Mr. Arvind K Singhal, Chairman Technopak, Mr. Paul Edgerley, Managing Director, Bain Capital, LLC, Mr. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Member of Parliament

Mr. Arindham Bhattacharya, Senior Partner & Managing Director – Boston Consulting Group 

Session VI: The Creative World: Commerce over creativity?

The session discussed the imperatives of commerce and the impact it is having on the quality of work being done by India's creative Icons.

Dialogue Partners: Mr. Jatin Das, Artist, Ms. Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, Hon. Director & Managing Trustee Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Mr. Nila Madhab Panda, Film Maker & Director, Mr. Anupam Kher, Actor, Ms. Lillete Dubey, Theathre Artist, Ms. Sanjana Kapoor, Theatre Artist

Mr. Rahul Bose, Actor

Session VII: Role Of Business Organizations: Can we create a more compassionate and inclusive society?

Dialogue discussed how to strengthen the private sector's role and improve outreach and impact in socially relevant projects. It also assessed the ability of industry captains to walk the talk.

Dialogue Partners: Mr. Milind kamble, Chairman Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Mr. Akhil Bansal, COO KPMG, Mr. Harpal Singh, Chairman Emeritus Fortis Healthcare

Mr. Vinayak Chatterjee, Feedback Infrastructure Services Pvt. Ltd.

Session VIII: The Old Silk Road : Linking South Asia to South East & West / Central Asia

For too long, land trade between South Asia and the rest of Asia has remained a pipedream, despite obvious economic and strategic advantages. The session focus to develop a practical and implementable roadmap for viable land-based commercial trade, and suggest ways forward for decision-makers in South Asia and across Asia.

Dialogue Partners: Dr. Roop Jyoti, Vice Chairman Jyoti Group, Mr. Abid Butt, CEO e2e, Dr. Tayeb A Kamali, Vice Chancellor Higher College of Technology, Gen. VP Malik (Retd.), Former Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army, Mr. Ronen Sen, Former Ambassador to the US & Independent Director of Tata Motors

Dr. C Raja Mohan, Strategic Affairs Edit or Indian Express

Session IX: Redrawing India’s Map: Are smaller states the way of the future?

The new leadership in Uttar Pradesh has turned down the bifurcation of the state, but for a country like India, smaller states could be an idea whose time has come. The session assessed whether redrawing India's federal map can improve development and governance in India.

Dialogue Partners: Mr. B.J Panda, Member of Parliament, Mr. Vinod Duggal, Former Home Secretary

Lord Meghnad Desai, Professor – London School of Economics

Session X: Mindmine Exchange - Are political parties the Achilles heel of our democracy?

One of India's big strengths is supposed to be its democracy. Yet India is a living example of how a healthy democracy doesn't necessarily lead to better governance or accountability. In this Mindmine Exchange, dialogue partners candidly assessed whether the pillars of democracy are in need a fresh coat of paint.

Guests: Mr. S. Y. Quraishi, Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. Sanajaya Baru, Former Media Advisor to the PM

In conversation with:
Mr. Pawan Munjal, MD & CEO Hero Motocorp Ltd.
Session XI: The Big Debate: This house believes that India is more about noise, less about delivery

Moderator : Ms. Shereen Bhan, Delhi Bureau Chief and Executive Editor, CNBC - TV18 

For the Motion: 
Mr. Suhel Seth, Managing Partner Counselage India, Dr. Kiran Bedi, IPS Office ( Retd.) Indian School Activist, Lord Meghnand Desai, Professor Emeritus of Economics London School of Economics & Political Science,

Against the Motion:
Dr. Bibek Debroy: Economic Professor, Center for Policy Research, Mr. Malvinder Mohan Singh, Executive Chairman Fortis Healthcare Ltd, Mr. Vikram Mehta, Chairman Shell Group of Companies.
Session XI: Valedictory Session

Valedictory Address: Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Chief Minister of Haryana


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