Speakers present on the occasion were MN Singh a Former Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe a Director General of RSS-run NGO, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, Asghar Ali Engineer a Social activist and Head, Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Santosh Desai a CEO, Future Brands Limited, Zaffar Iqbal a Special Correspondent, NDTV J&K;, Dr Abhay Shukla a Senior Programme Coordinator, SATHI-CEHAT, Prof Parimal Merchant a Member, Humanist Party of India, Mr Anjum Rizvi a Producer of the Hindi film, A Wednesday, Mr Vinay Tewari a Executive Editor, CNN-IBN, Ms Deepthy Menon a Bureau Chief, Times Now, Mumbai and Mr. Vijay Pamarathi a Chief Outreach Coordinator, Jaago Re a One Billion Votes campaign.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr SB Mujumdar, Chancellor, Symbiosis International University, said that the tragedy of todayas youth is that they are angry for a very limited period. aThere is no permanent angera which is important to achieve faster and better results, he said. In the same vein, Tewari said that the anger and agitation that is felt after incidents like Mumbaias 26/11, fade away soon after. aWe felt we had to something concrete and CNN-IBNas Citizensa Charter is a step in that direction,a he said.
In recognition for their efforts to bring about positive change in society, Deepthy Menon and Vijay Pamarathi were awarded with SIMCas Combat Terror award. Menon was awarded for the coverage of the Mumbai attack and Pamarathi, for his voter registration campaign, Jaago Re.