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Lighter moments amid serious business

A heady concoction of thoughts, ideas and emotions was on offer when politicians, development planners, bureaucrats, experts, businessmen and academicians from across the country came to chalk out a way forward for Uttar Pradesh.

lucknow Updated: May 27, 2012 16:46 IST
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A heady concoction of thoughts, ideas and emotions was on offer when politicians, development planners, bureaucrats, experts, businessmen and academicians from across the country came to chalk out a way forward for Uttar Pradesh.

High on intellectual quotient, the HT-HH event was a big draw, with experts from different fields speaking their minds on subjects as varied as industrial development, education, social responsibility and aviation industry.

The eight-hour session, opened by former president APJ Abdul Kalam, was interspersed with witty one-liners and straightforward questions on issues related to the state's development.

The former president, in his trademark style, asked the participants to take an oath of integrity and to remove corruption. Kalam outlined his vision of priorities to a rapt audience that included the state's dynamic and young chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, an admirer of the 'missile man'. And he (CM) made this more than obvious when he recalled the time he had spent with Kalam, who was then also an advisor to defence minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.

"I still remember how you took me to Chandipur in Orissa and showed me the firing of Pinaka missile. You also showed me how tanks fired and how people ran to gather their shells near the sea shore," said a nostalgic Akhilesh.

On his part, the CM got praise from the union HRD minister Kapil Sibal, who was the chief guest on the occasion.

"I don't wish to give any advice to the young chief minister. Let him take the state forward as per his own dreams," Sibal said.

Nonetheless, he had a word of 'caution' for the CM.

"Stay away from the electronic media," the minister warned. In this context, this CM recalled how he was at the receiving end of a 'breaking news' faux pas of a news channel.

Spread over four sessions - IT, industrial development, urban regeneration and governance - the event had experts brimming with confidence and ideas on how to make UP the most favoured destination for investors.

CEO of User Group from Agra Abhishek Arun Gupta said, "Such initiatives not only expose you to the opportunities and development in a particular field, but also motivate you to contribute to the development process."

Former CBSE chairman Ashok Ganguly said, "It is unlikely for a newspaper to come up with such an innovative idea. The concept of bridging the gap between leaders and people is commendable. I appreciate Kalam's idea of emphasising on education, especially, technical and scientific aspects for a brighter future."

Managing director of Yash Papers Ved Krishna said, "It is a wonderful initiative. We have a very approachable and interactive chief minister and that is why the entire conclave is anticipated to be productive. Such avenues lead to intermingling of people from different fields and benefit an individual and communal growth simultaneously."

On the sidelines
The eight-hour session, opened by former president APJ Abdul Kalam , was interspersed with witty one-liners and straightforward questions on issues related to development.

Spread over four sessions - IT, industrial development, urban regeneration and governance - the event had experts brimming with confidence and ideas on how to make UP the most favoured destination for investors.