The South Asian Times

22 October 2019 05:04 AM

TIMES NOW holds 1st India International Summit on election results night

New York: Bringing a global perspective from the Indian diaspora on the implications of India’s elections, TIMES NOW, India’s leading English news channel, hosted the first edition of its India International Summit here on May 22.

With the theme ‘Impact of election results on India’s $5 Trillion Agenda’, the summit held in Hotel Marriott Marquis in Times Square brought  together some of the world’s most influential leaders to deliberate upon the economic and political outcome of world’s biggest and closely watched elections through a series of insightful debates, keynotes and discussion on topics including Indo-US trade relations, business relations and priorities of the new government. To engage the diaspora, the event  also saw a live telecast of the counting day starting 10 pm, New York time.

Opening the event, Nikhil Gandhi, President – Revenue, Times Network, talked about the reach of Times Now, which is over a decade old and engages with viewers in 100 countries across the globe. Times Network is part of India’s largest media conglomerate, The Times Group. The summit, he said, gives a platform to the diaspora taking their voice back home. After New York, similar summits are planned for  London, Singapore, Dubai and so on. He also highlighted the immense contributions to India made by the NRIs.  

Speaking at the event, India’s Consul General in New York, Sandeep Chakravorty, underlined how the India-US bilateral relationship has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. “The bonding began with 9/11 and the US has supported India’s fight against terror. Digital has brought the two countries close as the US is the hotbed of digital and India its factory.”      

Speaking at the panel ‘Socio-Political Impact of Indians in USA  were M.R. Rangaswamy (Convenor – Indiaspora),  Meera Gandhi (CEO and Founder, Giving Back Foundation),  Ramesh Patel (FIA Chairman), Chintu Patel (Co-founder Amneal Pharmaceuticals) and Dr Dipak Nandi. TV personality Gurmeet Sodhi moderated the panel and was the emcee for the event.

 Panelists and speakers at the summit included Steven Rogers (Advisory board Member -Trump Campaign 2020), Arvind Panagariya (former Vice Chairman, Niti Aayog), Sanjay Puri  (Chairman, US India Political Action Committee), Amy Hariani (Vice President, USIBC), and Manish Vyas, Global VP, Tech Mahindra).

The summit was Powered by Giving Back Foundation Education Series and supported by FIA and The South Asian Times.

Update: 26 May, 2019