From an insular and protective attitude, Indians have started to look outward and think global, Lord Karan Bilimoria, a recipient of this year's Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, said in an interview with Hindustan Times.
Founder Chairman of Cobra Beer Limited, Bilimoria, has been a participant at all but one of the annual Pravasi events and received the award for his efforts in forging closer and deeper business relations between UK and India in his capacity as the Chairman of the Indo-British partnership.
He is one of the biggest proponents of the "Opportunities India" theme — besides being among the most frequent flyers to India. Bilimoria will be back in India next week, as leader of the two trade delegations that includes British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Trade Minister Digby Jones — has a perception about all the negativism that is voiced about difficulties in generating NRI investments in India.
He will lead the two business delegations comprising about 100 companies representing different sectors including infrastructure, higher education and automobiles. "Indian civilization is thousands of years old, but the "global India" brand is just a sixteen year concept. It does take time for a new reality to take shape, but the significant aspect is the mindset change that has been coming about," he said.