There's no looking past the fact that India's problems are massive. Our cities pulsate with the life but are a chaotic shambles; our rivers are steeped in tradition but choked with filth; we are left hoping our education system doesn't dull sharp minds; and millions struggle for clean water and reliable power.
It may be cliched to say that in adversity lies opportunity, but that doesn't make it any less true. Equally, there's no denying the fact that there's a colossal amount of work and investment needed to make a smart, digitally connected, self-sustaining India; what is beyond dispute is that the dividends will more than pay our way.
Technology, coupled with a mature assessment of the benefits of sustainable living, will provide us the answers.
Smart cities are a sign of our soaring ambition; a project to clean the Ganga could lead to smart living on its banks; smart grids coupld help address our power hunger and using the internet to connect citizens with things will alter life beyond recognition.
We're on the cusp of something special. Creating a Smart India makes sense economically, politically and socially. Lets not lose this opportunity.