Conclave South 2021

  • Day 1 Friday, March 12, 2021
  • Day 2 Saturday, March 13, 2021

THE STATE OF THE STATE: Chief Ministerial Vision: Tamil Nadu in the Next Five Years

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami has challenged DMK chief MK Stalin to a one-on-one debate. Speaking at the India Today Conclave South 2021, CM Palaniswami said that he was ready to take on Stalin to answer various allegations leveled by the Opposition leader.

POINT OF VIEW: The Shrinking Hand: Can Congress Regain the Southern Shore?

At the India Today Conclave South 2021, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram opened up about the difficulties that his party currently faces and how they can be solved. He also spoke about Rahul Gandhi and the Modi model of politics and economics. Here is all you need to know:

POLITICAL DISCOURSE: Feminine Force: Women in Tamil Nadu and Politics

DMK's Kanimozhi Karunanidhi said she learned a great deal about life from the time she spent in jail and the 2G scam case trial. She said the time wasn't easy but she learned that in life, "there's good and bad in everything".

CAMPAIGN CANVAS: Legacy of Leadership: The Missing Icons

Can anyone today fill Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MG Ramachandran's shoes? At the India Today Conclave South 2021, top leaders from Tamil Nadu debate whether anybody could stake claim to MGR's legacy.

SOCIAL DISCOURSE: Light, Camera, Action: Giving a Political Performance

At the India Today Conclave South 2021, author Poo Ko Saravanan claimed that Kamal Haasan is creating waves, but his party won't fare well in Tamil Nadu. The session had Lakshmi Manchu, Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, and Chetan Kumar as panellists.

BUSINESS BOARD: Self-reliant South: Cultural Capital or Ease of Business?

At the India Today Conclave South 2021, top executives joined a session to discuss how southern states can contribute to India’s $5 trillion economy goal. All of them agreed that southern states are well-positioned to boost India's growth, but also highlighted some concerns that need to be addressed.

CINEMA CENTRAL: The Girl on the Go: Acing Every Act

Aditi Rao Hydari, at the India Today Conclave South 2021, spoke about shooting during a pandemic, creative freedom across film industries in the North and South, nepotism, and her love for Bharatnatyam.

FLASHPOINT: Secular Sermons: From Constitution to Constituency

Speaking at India Today Conclave (South), Asaduddin Owaisi said successive governments and several political parties have abused the term secularism to deceive the minorities.

SOCIAL DISCOURSE: Lockdown Lessons: Performance in a Pandemic

Chinmayi Sripaada, Rima Kallingal and producer G Dhananjayan spoke at length about OTT platforms, the theatre vs OTT debate, and what work was like during the pandemic. Chinmayi also spoke about being banned from working in the Tamil film industry.

FLASHPOINT: Politics of Divide: Whose India is it?

At India Today Conclave South 2021, BJP's firebrand leader Tejasvi Surya and Congress's fiery spokesperson Supriya Shrinate joined us for a debate on the idea of 'Whose India it is'. While Tejasvi Surya blamed 'Nehruvian socialism' for keeping India poor, Congress's Supriya Shrinate said the Modi government has led the Indian economy into a ditch.

THE DECISIVE FACTOR: How is Tamil Nadu different from other states in this assembly poll?

Political expert and a close associate of Rajinikanth, S Gurumurthy said that the superstar had the potential to bring a major political revolution in Tamil Nadu. Speaking at the India Today Conclave South, Gurumurthy said that Rajinikanth is the only person who could have replaced the icon-void left by J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi.

EXEMPLARY ENTERPRISE: Stand Up, Start Up South India

Speaking at the India Today Conclave South, cement tycoon N Srinivasan said that conflict between political parties has never hampered industrial growth in Tamil Nadu. He also spoke about the central government's economic policies. Here is all you need to know:

POLL POSITION: Kerala Cauldron: Blood for Ballot

At the India Today Conclave South 2021, CPM leader A Sampath, BJP's OM Shalina, and KV Thomas of the Congress discussed political killings in Kerala ahead of the assembly elections in the state. Here's what they said.

CANDID CONVERSATION: The Power Couple: The Secrets of Work-Life Balance

Radikaa Sarathkumar attended the India Today Conclave South 2021 along with her husband Sarathkumar. They spoke about their respective careers and work-life balance.

MUSICAL MOMENTS: Making of a Melody: Inheritance of an Inspiration

POWER POLITICS: The Big Vision: Cracking the Dravidian DNA

Speaking at the India Today Conclave, BJP president JP Nadda said he prays for Mamata Banerjee's speedy recovery but there is a deviation in her statements on the Nandigram incident. Truth will ultimately come out, he said.

INAUGURAL INSIGHT: Dance of Democracy: Dialogue, Debate, Disagreement

Speaking at India Today Conclave South 2021, spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev on Saturday said temples were being run as 'some kind of business' in India.

POLITICAL DISCOURSE: Women in Power: Breaking barriers, Making a Mark

In a lively session, Thamizhachi Thangapandian, Khushbu Sundar, Apsara Reddy, and Sowmya Reddy spoke at length about the challenges of being a woman politician in India

POINT OF VIEW: Building One India: How to Bridge the North-South Divide

Speaking at India Today Conclave South 2021, Nandakumar said that some sort of a tectonic change is happening in Kerala, even though the demographic balance of the state is very much against a political organisation like the BJP.

POLL POSITION: May Mandate: The Battle for the Peninsular Power

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) founder Thol Thirumavalavan said on Saturday that Tamil Nadu Assembly election 2021 is a war between secularism and communalism while asserting that his party was against the latter.

EXTERNAL ENGAGEMENT: The Modi Doctrine: Collaboration, Co-operation and Commerce

Speaking at a session during the India Today Conclave South 2021, Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar discussed foreign policy achievements under his watch, the Covid-19 crisis and the recent border conflict with China. Here is all you need to know:

POLL POSITION: Power Play in Puducherry: The Politics of Poaching

Refuting the charges that BJP is trying to poach Congress leaders, GVL Narasimha Rao said the Congress is a sinking ship and it's not the BJP's job to keep it united.

ECONOMIC INSIGHT: Post-Pandemic Projection: The blueprint for a self-reliant India

Speaking at the India Today Conclave South, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that India is not shutting off all options when it comes to cryptocurrency or blockchain and fintech.

POINT OF VIEW: Wearing Many Hats: Walking the Tightrope

Kamal Haasan is BJP's B team, shamelessly doing the job, says DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran at the India Today Conclave (South) 2021.

NEIGHBOURHOOD NAVIGATION: The Common Water: Old Ties, New Strategies

Ram Madhav said that India's approach to the Indian Ocean region is based on three tenets - peace for navigation, prosperity for all countries and it has to be "driven by all of us" together.

FLASHPOINT: Poll Plank: Politics of Appeasement vs Politics of Polarisation

Congress's Shashi Tharoor and BJP's leader Ram Madhav on Saturday debated the idea of India, the label of anti-national, the sedition law and more, at the India Today Conclave South 2021 in Chennai on Saturday.

DEEP DISCLOSURE: Dasavathaaram: Who is the Real Kamal Haasan?

Dismissing the DMK's charge that his party was the "B team of BJP", actor-politician Kamal Haasan on Saturday said that "they deserve a full night's sleep" and were deliberately making the accusation.

POLL POSITION: The Casting Factor: Finding the Right Issue to Woo Voters

POLL POSITION: The Call of the Challenger: The New Road to Progressive Politics

Speaking at the India Today Conclave, MK Stalin said he is confident that the DMK-led alliance will win all 234 seats in the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls and oust the AIADMK govt.