Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, who led his Congress party to a stunning victory late last year in assembly polls, will unveil his vision for development on Saturday at the first-ever Intellectuals Meet in mineral-rich Chhattisgarh.

Over a hundred intellectuals from Chhattisgarh and outside are scheduled to assemble at Raipur’s premier hotel, Babylon Inn, to hold a round-table discussion on key national and international issues. The mega function will begin at sharp 10.30 am.

C Uday Bhaskar- India’s top security expert, will address intellectuals about the security challenges that the country is presently facing internally and externally.

Country’s leading media personalities Tarun Basu— the former chief editor and founder director of India’s largest private news agency IANS and Chandan Mitra- chief editor of The Pioneer newspaper group, will also share their thoughts with guests.          

Sudhindra Bhadoria, national spokesperson of the BSP, will also offer his suggestions on how to spur growth in Chhattisgarh that has one-fifth of India’s iron ore and coal reserves. Senior Congress leader and former union minister Renuka Chowdhury will also exchange her thoughts on women empowerment.

Brigadier BK Ponwar, Director of Chhattisgarh-based Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College (CTJWC) will make a brief presentation about ground reality of leftist militancy existing in Chhattisgarh’s sprawling Bastar region since late 1980s. 

The concept of the Intellectuals’ Meet has been solely planned by the Group of Thinkers (GoT), a group of people comprising journalists, policy makers, bureaucrats, social activists and educationists of central India.