The Talks

Dr Y V Reddy
Former Governor, Reserve Bank of India
Talk: Centre-State Relations
Bezwada Wilson
Activist & Raman Magsaysay Awardee
Talk: Democracy, Human Dignity & Manual Scavenging
Aakar Patel
Author, Columnist & ED, Amnesty International India
Talk: English and its influence on our national priorities
Manoj Saxena
Expert in Machine Learning, Venture Capitalist
Talk: How Artificial Intelligence is rapidly changing the way we work, live, and play
Pramath Raj Sinha
Founder, Ashoka University
Talk: World-class Higher Education in India
Josy Joseph
Award-winning Investigative Journalist
Talk: Vultures of Modern India

Live Music

During tea and lunch, noted musicians Jaywant Naidu (Jaywant Guitar) & Swaroop Mamidipudi (Flute) shall play live music.

The Program

  • PRE LUNCH- 8:45am - 12:40pm -
  • LUNCH- 12:40pm - 1:10pm -
  • POST LUNCH- 1:25pm - 5:15pm -
8:45 AM


09:30 AM

National Anthem & Opening

By Vikram and Ajay

09:50 AM

Dr Y V Reddy

'Centre-State Relations'

10:40 AM


11:00 AM

Aakar Patel

'English and its influence on our national priorities'

11:50 PM

Bezwada Wilson

'Democracy, Human Dignity & Manual Scavenging'

12:40 PM

Jaywant Naidu (Hawaiian Guitar) & Swaroop Mamidipudi (Flute)

1:25 PM


1:30 PM

Sofia Ashraf

'Rhyme & Reason - A musical autography'

2:15 PM

Josy Joseph

'Vultures of Modern India'

3:05 PM


3:20 PM

Manoj Saxena

'Artificial Intelligence – How it is changing the way we work, live and play'

4:10 PM

Pramath Raj Sinha

'World Class Higher Education in India'

People Love Manthan

Ajai Sahni, Speaker

I have rarely participated in a discussion of the calibre that I encountered at Manthan Samvaad


The speakers, one after the other were something you cannot talk about. They were a class apart. How can one ever dream of hearing topics like Space, Manufacturing, Tax Laws, Security, Innovations and China in a single day from such eminent personalities?

Dushyant Dave, Speaker

It is really heartening that such a discourse takes place regularly and succeeds so well. It reinforces faith in future of Democracy in India


We are in dire need of a platform like this to encourage us to think beyond the rigid paths we are expected to tread and view the world through a variety of lenses. I hope to see Manthan spirit become synonymous with Hyderabadi spirit.

Talks From Previous Years

Arvind Datar

Senior Advocate
Toxic Taxes & Lethal Laws

Venu Srinivasan

Assertive World Economy?

Prof Anil Gupta

Frugal Innovations at Grassroots

Arun Shourie

Public Intellectual & Author
Public Intellectual & Author

Arun Maira

Public Intellectual
Reforming Our Institutions

Shekhar Gupta

When aspirational turns illiberal: Rise of an impatient new India.

Vandana Shiva

Environmental Activist
What Future of Agriculture - GM or Ecological?

Yogendra Yadav

Future of Alternate Politics.

Kalpana Kannabiran

A Bill of Rights for Women or Stree Purusha Tulana?

T M Krishna

Carnatic Vocalist, Author & Writer
Culture, Society and the State

Dushyant Dave

President, Supreme Court Bar Association
Constitution – The Lost Religion?

R Chandrasekhar

President, NASSCOM
Startup Revolution – India’s Silver Bullet?

Hindol Sengupta

Author & Journalist
How Entrepreneurs Could Change Everything You Hate About India


Manthan is proud to have Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, one of India’s leading pharmaceutical companies, as an exclusive partner of Manthan Samvaad 2016.

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories is an integrated pharmaceutical company, committed to accelerating access to affordable and innovative medicines because Good Health Can’t Wait. Through its three businesses - Pharmaceutical Services & Active Ingredients, Global Generics and Proprietary Products, Dr. Reddy’s offers a portfolio of products and services including APIs, custom pharmaceutical services, generics, biosimilars and differentiated formulations. The company focusses on major therapeutic areas of gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, diabetology, oncology, pain management and dermatology and operates in markets across the globe that include USA, Russia & CIS and India. For more information, log on to: