India Today youth summit on Sept 7 at Siri Fort

06 Sep,2012

By A Correspondent


Mind Rocks Youth Summit is an annual event organised by India Today Group for young minds. It is a unique concert of new ideas and live music. This forum brings together bright young minds to participate in an open two-way dialogue with their icons. A space where inspirational leaders from different spheres of life share their mantras of success. A platform where today’s youth can engage with decision-makers in an informal setting and learn from their experiences. And in turn leaders can connect and learn from that part of society that will define our future. Our Youth.


Now in its third year, the event is a day jam-packed with fresh ideas and live music. Designed as a forum to bring together the bright young minds of the nation, it is the only summit where the youth can participate in an open two-way conversation with their icons.


Theme for 2012 – ‘BE THE BEST YOU’. The theme was chosen in light of the unsettling nature of the fluid political and social environment of today. The idea behind the theme is to build confidence and to inspire and energize the you by choosing icons that have succeeded against the odds. The sure shot way to deal with uncertainty is to do and be your very best. To have the courage to stand by your true instincts and live your passion. Because the only person who can decide the course of your life is you.


The first year of the summit saw luminaries such as Nandan Nilekani, Pranav Mistry, Sourav Ganguly share their experiences with the delegates. In 2011 the event pulsated with young energy by absorbing the mood of the youngsters as they engaged in dialogue with people such as Industrialist Kumar Manglam Birla, actor Ranbir Kapoor, politician Kalikesh Deo, cricketer Yuvraj Singh.


This year the event has doubled the numbers of speakers from last years 12. 26 speakers in 12 hours! The electrifying line up of speakers are:


Young Guns of Politics: Akhilesh Yadav, chief minister, Uttar Pradesh; Sandeep Dixit, Member of Lok Sabha and Indian national Congress

Pathbreaker: Arvind Kejriwal , social activist, Vir Das, Stand up Comedian, Ali Zafar, Crossover star

Sporting Heroes & Olympians: Mary Kom, Boxer; Gagan Narang , Shooter; Sushil Kumar, Wrestler; Yogeshwar Dutt, Wrestler; Vijay Kumar, Shooter and cricketers, Kapil Dev, Unmukt Chand

Bollywood Stars: Ajay Devgn, Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor, Huma Quereshi, Ayushman Khurrana, Emraan Hashmi, Imtiaz Ali, Anu Malik

Best of Entertainment & Design: Ekta Kapoor, Joint MD, Balaji Telefilms; Vir Das, stand-up comedian; Masaba Gupta, fashion designer

Corporate Mavericks: Vineet Nayar, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer , HCL Technologies; Sanjeev Bikhchandani, founder and executive vice chairman,


In order to engage the young minds, the conference is not strictly structured but has a fluid programme with invigorating discussions and lively interludes. The event will open with a live performance by the winners of the Mind Rocks 2012–Be A Rockstar contest, The Philosophy of Life and conclude with a live concert by the iconic bandIndian Ocean.


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