Horizons- the Annual Management Conclave- Day 2, IIMK

 | November 12,2012 10:25 am IST

The 2nd Day of Horizons 2012, arranged by the Industry Interaction Cell of IIM Kozhikode, hosted eminent speakers like Jai Prakash Narayan, Ajit Balakrishnan, Subrata Bagchi, S. Subramanyeshwar and Paramita Banerjee.


Popularly known as JP, Dr. Jai Prakash Narayan, an Indian politician, political reformer and founder of Lok Satta Party, held a very interactive session with the audience in the afternoon session. He first raised the question whats wrong with politics? According to Dr. Narayan you cannot separate political and economic reforms. Once we start an institutional system and bring in some organization, which we lack, we should be able to address the political issues of our country.
The next speaker Mr. Ajit Balakrishnan, founder, Rediff.com- India's leading online community portal, spoke on entrepreneurship. With a few examples he proceeded to explaining the different technical waves that took place in the world or are expected to take place, right from 1800 to 2025. Mr. Balakrishnan spoke of the technical progress that has happened so far. He also threw light on how there was angst among people during the declining phases. Mr. Balakrishnan concluded by giving the audience a preview of his newly published book The Wave Rider- A Chronicle of the Information Age.
The evening session continued with a guest lecture by Subrata Bagchi, Partner, Deloitte Consulting. He talked about what Deloitte has done with innovation and how risk and innovation go hand in hand. He threw some light on what it takes for a person to become a professional. He elaborated upon the three pillared philosophy of passion, affiliation and power. He spoke of the innovations which Deloitte is involved in, including creating an innovation centre to help clients innovate. He concluded by saying that passion coupled with innovation and originality can take one places.
The next session was a lecture on branding by S. Subramanyeshwar, better known as Subbu, the National Planning Director with Lowe Lintas & Partners. He talked about brands representing a point of view and how they should capture the spirit of the society. He ended the session by sharing a deep insight about a brands point of view. According to him, a point of view does not mirror the audience rather it transcends categories rooted in cultures. The expression may be that of time but the truth is timeless.
The last speaker for the Day 2 at Horizons was Dr. Paramita Banerjee. Dr. Paramita Banerjee is the Associate Director of Programs at SAATHI- an organization working towards providing universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention and care. She started the session with a question: where are the good people and what exactly do we mean by the word good. It was a very interactive session wherein she asked the audience about their views on CSR and the relevance and importance of the CSR law.
Day 2 of Horizons ended with Battlefield, the management debate themed Its all about the money, honey with Mr. S. Subramanyeshwar, Chandan Ghosh and Ankit Doshi speaking for the motion; and Siddharth Aggarwal, Subrata Bagchi and Paramita Banerjee arguing against the motion. The debate was moderated by Professor A.F. Mathew.