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Economics & Governance

9th August 2017 @ 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

An indispensable part of being a thinker is effecting change for the better in the world around you. When that ability to bring about change is practised on a prodigious scale, leaders are born. Thinkers is presenting an inimitable confluence of such distinguished leaders who have made indispensable contributions in building the India as we know it today. These contributions have been through their illustrious stints in the government or the private sector and through powerful writing that has even attracted strong legal backlash from major corporate houses. Tamal Bandopadhyay, Rakesh Mohan, Gurucharan Das, Bibek Debroy, Sanjeev Sanyal and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta who have each played incomparable roles in adding to the nation’s intellectual dialogue over the years will share a common platform to impart their ideas on economics and governance, areas in which they’ve had a lifetime of experience.




08:00 – 09:00: Registration 

09:00 – 09:05: Introduction by Amit Kapoor, Honorary Chairman, Institute for Competitiveness on “India’s Competitiveness”

09:05 – 9:15: Shubhada Rao, Chief Economist, YES Bank on “State of the Economy – Building a ‘New India’”

09:15 – 09:35: Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Author & Journalist on “Thin Dividing Line”

09:35 – 9:45: Bibek Debroy, Member, NITI Aayog

09:45 – 10:05: Uday Mahurkar, Deputy Editor, India Today on “The New Paradigm in Governance”

10:05 – 10:25: Rakesh Mohan, Distinguished Fellow, Brookings India, and Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs,Yale University on “India Transformed”

10:25 – 10:45: Arun Kumar, Senior Economist & Ex JNU Professor on “Black Economy of India: The Missing Dimension of Policy Making”

10:45 – 11:10: Gurcharan Das, Author, Commentator and Thought Leader on “To Become a Rich Country, India Needs Governance Reforms Even More than Economic Reforms” 

Unveiling the Box Set “10 Extraordinary Tales of Trade” authored by Gurcharan Das

11:10 – 11:45: Panel Discussion with Uday Mahurkar, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Arun Kumar, Rakesh Mohan & Gurcharan Das moderated by Anurag Batra, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, BW Business World

11:45 – 12:00: Tea/Coffee Break

12:00 – 12:05: Releasing the List of Leading Thinkers in the area of Economics & Governance

12:05 – 12:25: Sanjeev Sanyal, Principal Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance on “The Economics of Chaos & Complexity”

12:25 – 12:45: Tamal Bandyopadhyay, Consulting Editor, Mint on “Banking & Finance: A Ringside View”

12:45 – 13:10: Bimal Jalan, Former Governor, Reserve Bank of India on “India: Priorities for the Future”

Unveiling of the book “India: Priorities for the Future” authored by Bimal Jalan

13:10 – 13:30: Sandeep Gurumurthi, Managing Editor, ET Now on “India Rising: Is Media Playing Its Role?”

13:30 – 13:50: Sonu Bhasin, Author and Founder of FAB – Families And Business on “Family Business: The Unsung Heroes”

13:50 – 14:25: Panel Discussion with Sanjeev Sanyal, Tamal Bandyopadhyay, Sandeep Gurumurthi, Bimal Jalan & Sonu Bhasin moderated by Amit Kapoor, Editor-in-Chief, THINKERS

14:25- 14:30: Closing Remarks by Milee Ashwarya, Editor-in-Chief for the commercial and business divisions, Penguin Random House India & Preeti Sinha, Senior President, YES Bank and Glocal Convenor, YES Global Institute

14:30 onwards: Networking Lunch

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Press Release

THINKERS Sandbox, an event held by THINKERS & Penguin Random House with YES BANK and the YES Global Institute as the Presenting Alliance Partner, announced a list of top 50 thinkers in India in the field of economics and governance. The list was unveiled by Anupam Kher at the event. It included a distinguished set of reformers, influencers, financial architects and academics who have made a difference by driving the national narrative with their unique ideas or steering the nation itself with their firm decision making. The list featured economists like Jean Dreze, Prabhat Patnaik and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta; columnists like Gurcharan Das, Swaminathan Aiyer and T. Ninan; central bankers like Bimal Jalan, C. Rangarajan and Y.V. Reddy; and reformers like Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Rakesh Mohan and Viral Acharya.
The list was formulated after careful deliberation on how these thinkers enable discourse in society and what is their level of public outreach. These characteristics were adjudged based on their book publications, newspaper contributions, social media engagement and influence in public policy with a preference for ones based out of India. There will be an annual publication of such a list of thinkers in India. It aims to act as an essential guide onthe thinkers and the ideas that have contemporary relevance in modern India and its development and recognise the independent minds of the country that have made it a better place and shaped a better future for it. To view the complete list and for more detailed information click here.
Dr. Amit Kapoor, Editor-in-Chief, Thinkers said, “India is fortunate to have a ubiquity of talented minds in every field of the society that have made incomparable contributions in shaping India as we know it today. THINKERS is all about recognising such individuals and their ideas. The THINKERS list of 50 thought leaders does exactly that and also acts as a guide for the nation as to which set of thinkers and ideas they need to follow to become more informed citizens.”
Dr. Shubhada Rao, Chief Economist, YES BANK, said, “YES BANK and YES Global Institute are proud to be associated with the launch of the Thinkers list. At a time when our country is poised to benefit from path breaking economic reforms, forums such as these will help foster economic and governance ideals towards India’s sustainable and holistic socioeconomic transformation.”
The list was released at the THINKERS Sandbox event, which was held at The Imperial, New Delhi on August 9, 2017, and featured a subset of the list’s 50 thought leaders. THINKERS Sandbox is a platform to discuss new ideas, new thoughts, address challenging issues, forge new paths and identify synergies. This year the event focused on the topic of “Economics & Governance” and featured insightful talks and panel discussions around various paradigms of the Indian economy.
The event also witnessed the unveiling of Bimal Jalan’s latest book “India: Priorities for the Future” in which he has penned down a formidable analysis of India’s economic journey in the last four decades and Gurcharan Das’ “10 Extraordinary Tales of Trade” that takes an in-depth view of business communities in India.
Speaking about the event, Milee Ashwarya, Editor-in-Chief, Penguin Random House India, said that “I’m delighted that we have a range of minds presenting diverse ideas on one platform THINKERS Sandbox today. It was an honour to have the business series Tales of Trade edited by Gurcharan Das to be released with Anupam Kher and the best minds in economy and governance in the country. We are a nation that has always encouraged debates, discussions and divergent views and THINKERS is an attempt to find space to encourage this unique quality about India.”

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9th August 2017
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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The Imperial
Connaught Place, Janpath
New Delhi, 110001 India
011 2334 1234
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