The Hindustan Times Leadership Summit kicks off on Friday, with 27 leaders from India and abroad sharing a common platform to discuss the challenges and the opportunity this south Asian country faces over the next decade.
The summit comes at a time of rising aspirations and a new-found optimism that the next decade could be India’s. The country is bubbling with the spirit of entreprenuership and the enthusiasm of youth.
The challenge before leaders is to broadbase success, says the RIL chairman in a column for Hindustan Times.
The summit offers a unique insight into the way the world is really run, says HT’s advisory editorial director.
Rapid economic transformation over the past two decades has seen New Delhi find a place on the global high table, but that recognition alone isn’t enough for a country, where more than 300 million people live on less than a dollar day — an equal number can’t read or write.
More than half of the country’s 1.1 billion people still lack access to basic amenities such as electricity, safe drinking water and hospitals in their neighbourhoods. Growing insurgencies are threatening to undo the recognition and the opportunity that has come our way.
The two-day summit in New Delhi will debate how these and other issues can be resolved, so that India makes a successful transition to a nation of prosperity and equity.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh opens the summit, which will also be addressed by former US President George W Bush, among other leaders.
Live on CNN-IBN, 10 am onwards.
Live webcast, updates at www.hindustantimes.com/htsummit