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Maken, Pitroda and others to speak at Harvard India conference

world Updated: Mar 09, 2013 12:00 IST

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Top Indian politicians, economists and corporate executives will deliver keynote addresses at the two-day Harvard India conference on the country's growth story and the way ahead.

Ajay Maken, union minister for housing and urban poverty alleviation; Sam Pitroda, advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh; Ashok Alexander, former India country director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Siddharth Roy Kapur, Disney UTV, CEO are among the invitees who will deliver keynote addresses at the two-day conference that kicks off in Boston on Saturday.

However, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, has cancelled his scheduled key note address at the conference.

The conference jointly organised by students of Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School on February 16 Tweeted that the UP chief minister would be attending the conference, but the latest agenda schedule posted on the conference website does not include his name.

"Harvard University and a roster of global luminaries gather to embrace the most powerful reality of the Indian story: that there is no single, universal Indian narrative," organisers of the conference said.

Maken will deliver the key note address on "Challenges of Urbanisation".

Alphons Kannanthanam, former MLA and BJP leader; Dilip Sankarreddy of the Loksatta Party and Mahua Moitra of the All India Trinamul Congress have also been invited to participate in a panel discussion on "Politics as a vocation: Pathways for young people to engage in Indian politics," they said.

Siddharth Roy Kapur of UTV Motion Pictures will speak on Indian Cinema's trajectory over the past decade, with a focus on what the future holds for the largest film producing nation in the world.

He will discuss the Indian film industry's balancing act on nurturing the massive domestic opportunity and scaling it to greater heights internationally.

Among others, Harry Aurora, CEO of iTutor Inc, has been invited to be a panellist on "Developing India's Silicon Valley".