In a first-of-its-kind exercise after Independence, a delegation of the Lucknow Management Association (LMA) is set to visit Lahore to participate in the Pakistan-India Management Summit.
The two-day event (from September 20 to 21) would discuss ways to sharpen management skills and leadership qualities among the managers in both countries.
The summit is expected to draw top management luminaries from India and Pakistan. Apart from the professional benefits, the tour will be a ‘matter of the heart’ for a few members of the LMA like Vipin Gupta, Tilak Raj and Vidya Sagar Gupta, who were born in Lahore and later migrated to Lucknow during Partition.
They are upbeat about the visit to their birthplace.
“I remember each and every moment in Lahore. It was one of the most beautiful cities of pre-Independence India, and still I think it would be one of the best cities of Pakistan.
"I wish to see my house, my two factories and two shops, which we left in Lahore on August 16, 1947,” said former MLA Vidya Sagar Gupta. I don’t have good memories of leaving Lahore because of the massive violence.
But this time, I hope to see a peaceful Lahore and return with pleasant memories,” he added.
Gupta said he would like to share his experiences in management with his Pakistani counterparts and at the same time would try to meet industry officials in Lahore to explore possibilities of setting up a small unit at his birthplace.
LMA president Rakesh Kumar Mittal said, “Many of our members have roots in Pakistan. I hope this visit promotes bilateral ties and brings the intelligentsia, industrialists and managers of India and Pakistan closer to each other.”
India and Pakistan must bury their differences and work together to make south Asia the biggest economic zone in the world.
This exchange programme can play a vital role towards achieving this, said Vipin Gupta.
“There is talent on both sides of the border and we need to translate it into performance,” he added.
LMA vice-president Sumer Agarwal said, “It seems the Pakistan government is serious about improving economic ties with India. The chief minister of Punjab province will inaugurate the two-day summit with top industrialists and managers gracing the occasion.”