HYDERABAD: Touted as an annual marquee feast of thoughts, ideas and intelligent conversations, the second edition of Manthan Samvaad is back in the city.
Organised by Manthan Foundation, a not-for- profit organisation, the daylong event would be held at JRC Convention Centre near Shaikpet in the city between 9.30 am and 5.30 pm on October 2. Following the runaway success of last year’s event, the organisers believe that the meet has become one of the most important events in the city’s calendar drawing huge interest from denizens.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, former chief secretary Kaki Madhava Rao, who is associated with the foundation, said the overwhelming response last year made them select a bigger venue this year. “All speakers are leaders of good thinking and the issues they will talk on are critical for us,” he said.
Intellectual Arun Maira will speak on ‘Reforming our Institutions’, architect and urban designer K T Ravindran on ‘The Future of Our Cities’ and social activists Kalpana Kannabiran and Vandana Shiva on ‘A Bill on Rights for Women’ and ‘What’s Future of Our Agriculture: GM or Ecological?’.
Eminent journalist Shekhar Gupta would speak on ‘When Aspirational Turns Illiberal: Rise of an Impatient New India’ and psephologist-turned-politician Yogendra Yadav would deal with ‘The Future of Alternative Politics’.
Participation in Samvaad is free, but online registration on www.manthansamvaad.com is necessary.