There are a few strong markers that show that the world is at the point of inflection. After galloping at more than 10% for years, the Chinese economy is showing signs of slowing down. The US, which accounts for about a quarter of the world’s economy, is in revival mode. Europe continues to remain shaky with fresh questions looming over the viability of a common monetary union stitched together by the Euro.
The recent deadly terror strikes in Paris are perhaps symptomatic of the difficult times that the world is going through. Are we witnessing the beginning of a new world order? That is the foremost issue confronting historians, political observers and the common citizen. The fear is that the transition to a more peaceful, steady state may involve a painfully long process.
Amid this despair, there is an unmistakable air of optimism about the India story. India’s GDP grew at 7.4% in July-September, compared to China’s 6.9% in the same period. There are signs that investors are beginning to look at India as an island of global growth.
That said there are roadblocks, such as Parliamentary logjams and political uncertainty, which can potentially come in the way of India’s rise.
The 13th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, which began on Friday, brings together thought leaders from the country and around the world to discuss the question whether India can be the world’s bright spot.
1. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
2. Arun Jaitley, Union minister of finance, corporate affairs and information & broadcasting
3. Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister, Delhi
4. Akhilesh Yadav, chief minister, Uttar Pradesh
5. Dr. Joas Wagemakers, Assistant professor, Utrecht University
6. Cole Bunzel, PhD candidate, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
7. Soli Özel, Professor, international relations, Kadir Has University
8. Smriti Irani, Union minister of human resource development
9. Jyotiraditya Scindia, Member of Parliament, Indian National Congress
10. Supriya Sule, Member of Parliament, NCP
11. Baijayant “Jay” Panda, Member of Parliament, Biju Janata Dal
12. Robert Blackwill, Kissinger fellow for US foreign policy, Council on Foreign Relations
13. Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, Fellow, Int’l Security Program, New America
14. Diane Farrell, Executive vice-president, policy and government relations, US-India Business Council
15. Kareena Kapoor Khan, Actor
16. Kangana Ranaut, Actor
17. Nicole Kidman, Actor
18. DR Lawrence Summers, President Emeritus and Charles W Eliot Professor, Harvard University
19. Mehbooba Mufti, President, J&K Peoples Democratic Party
20. Marianne Williamson, Spiritual author and lecturer
21. Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Author, poet and educator
22. DR. Aubrey de Grey, Chief science officer, SENS Research Foundation
23. Prabhat Jha, Founding director of the Centre for Global Health Research
24. DR VS Ramachandran, Director, Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego
25. Justice Mukul Mudgal, Head, Committee on IPL spot-fixing
26. Ian Chappell, Former Australian cricketer, journalist
27. Bishan Singh Bedi, Former Indian cricket captain
28. Gautam Gambhir, Cricketer