October 16, 2015

Panel Discussion with Vinod Tawde, Pramoud Rao, and Gautam Goradia moderated by Maroof Raza

Panel Discussion with Vinod Tawde, Pramoud Rao, and Gautam Goradia moderated by Maroof Raza.


The event was attended by over 300 individuals comprising of representatives of top corporate houses, senior IPS, IRS and IAS officers, and a community of passionate veterans. Parag Agarwal began the day by briefing the audience about what Ideas on India is, how it started and where it aspires to go in the future. Vinod Tawde, Minister of Education, Government of Maharashtra, in his keynote address stated that it was important for schools to go beyond books and impart education that was relevant. This was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Maroof Raza, with the minister and two top security professionals of India, Pramoud Rao, MD, Zicom and Gautam Goradia, MD, ComSur who deliberated on emerging education patterns and dilated on safety and security of children in schools. The panelists argued that aptitude and skills deserve as much importance as books and exams and children need to be evaluated on the basis of their overall personality, not question and answers alone.

Arnab Goswami

Arnab Goswami

H.E. Lt. Gen A.K. Singh, the Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Puducherry, emphasised the crucial importance and role of the Indian Army in India’s policy framework and strategic architecture and commended it for its role in nation building. Dileep Padgaonkar the renowned journalist reiterated that India will have to draw down from her history and reinvent herself to establish her place alongside the world’s super powers while the very popular strategic expert Maroof Raza roared that India will have to elbow and nudge her way to the top of the pile, instead of just waiting for the honour to be bestowed upon her.

Rajeshwar Upadhyaya

Rajeshwar Upadhyaya

TLR’s Editor-in-Chief, Rajeshwar Upadhyaya, gave a fascinating insight into the Indian thought process and a world view in shaping the Idea of India. Earlier, Tobby Simon in a very analytical and lucid speech had cautioned everyone on the crucial need for cyber awareness to protect India. The indomitable Arnab Goswami delivered a passionate speech on the role of the media. Out of the box thinking and the ability to walk down uncharted territories was the only way forward, felt Raghu Raman, the former CEO of NATGRID and current President – Risk, Security & New Ventures, RIL.