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Riding global winds to build India’s future

Till recently, the country was playing catch-up on technology. With the impetus from government schemes, it is set to lead in emerging technology areas

We have our eyes set on the future. For instance, take the India AI Mission, with <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10,372 crore allocated, or the National Quantum Mission, with <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>6,000 crore allocated. (Getty Images)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 12:10 AM IST

Harnessing sports to realise Viksit Bharat

The sports and physical activity sector will be a key contributor to this transformation, where a healthy population will contribute to India’s progress

Asian Games - Hangzhou 2022 - Athletics - Olympic Sports Centre, Hangzhou, China - October 4, 2023 Member's of India's team react after winning the Men's 4X400 Relay Final REUTERS/Bryan Foo(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 07, 2024 09:45 PM IST

Plotting India’s rise from rule-taker to rule-maker

As India’s stock continues to rise, it is poised to play an even more influential role in future negotiations and global affairs.

A shot from the time when Prime Minister Modi hosted the G20 Summit in Delhi in the month of September. The Summit was held at Bharat Mandapam in the national capital. The Summit witnessed the participation of prominent world leaders. India achieved a significant diplomatic victory following the G20 summit, where consensus was reached on a declaration despite notable disagreements concerning the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the need to eliminate the ‘global trust deficit.’ Additionally, he announced the African Union as a permanent member of the G20.(PM Modi's website)
Published on Jan 19, 2024 09:38 AM IST

Olympics bid will turn India into a sports hub

India must make sport and physical activity a national imperative, and bidding for the 2036 Olympics can act as a beacon.

Representative image - Olympics rings in display in Tokyo(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 18, 2023 10:00 PM IST

India’s G20 moment, Delhi’s resurgence

The lasting assets created during the preparations for the G20 Summit will continue to contribute to Delhi’s development and identity for years to come.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the G20 Leaders' Summit at Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi on September 9 (AFP)
Published on Nov 30, 2023 10:14 PM IST

India’s DPI journey: From local innovations to global solutions

HTLS 2023: In the lead-up to the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2023, thought leaders and experts share their views on the theme of this year’s event

India’s DPI serves as a shining example of how tech can transform a country. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 31, 2023 03:36 PM IST

After third world, the promise of One World

India positions itself as a bridge between the developed and developing world through the G20 Leaders’ Summit

India’s G20 presidency was spearheaded by the invaluable contribution of the developing world and emerging market (ANI)
Published on Oct 23, 2023 10:17 PM IST

For an equal future, G20’s gender vision

The G20 New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration 2023 is considered inclusive and visionary, emphasizing the role of women in shaping a sustainable future

G20 nations are dedicated to closing gender gaps and promoting “the full, equal, effective, and meaningful participation of women” in the economy as decision-makers (File Photo)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 10:04 PM IST

In G20, India is pushing for global cooperation

As the largest democracy, India’s G20 presidency has been a watershed moment to showcase its strong commitment to multilateralism and people-centric development

Through various G20-related domestic Jan Bhagidari activities, we have also seen the participation of more than 15 million citizens from every segment of society.(HT File)
Published on Jul 11, 2023 09:08 PM IST

Yoga is a gift from India to the world. It can help transform global health

As an ancient practice with benefits in promoting mental and physical well-being, yoga has gained widespread recognition

Yoga, in fact, is an exclusively Indian concept and intervention that has taken the world by storm(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 20, 2023 09:50 PM IST

The private space sector can shoot for the moon

Space exploration has inspired innovation in various industries. This begs the question: What else is possible?

According to Morgan Stanley’s Space Team, the roughly $350 billion global space industry could surge to over $1 trillion by 2040.(Gene Blevins / REUTERS)
Published on Jun 16, 2023 11:55 AM IST

Celebrating 100 G20 meetings across India

The G20 presidency is an exercise in diplomacy, coordination, and deep research at the highest level, and the foundations we build today will go a long way in developing a cleaner, greener, more equitable world for all

India acknowledges that addressing global challenges requires collaborative efforts, as evident in our theme Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, meaning “One Earth, One Family, One Future.” (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 17, 2023 07:27 PM IST

Digital public infra can deliver global solutions

As demonstrated by India through UPI, a carefully designed and principled DPI can provide solutions at scale to the challenges of our interconnected world. Countries should form a coalition of the willing to adopt a common framework that places data privacy at its core

Different countries may wish to adopt different models due, in part, to different starting points. Whatever the particulars of the adopted DPI might be, the principles underlying the design of the system in India remain relevant. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Archive)
Published on Mar 29, 2023 08:20 PM IST

G20 will push for women-led growth

India, as G20 president, will further the agenda by supporting women’s digital and financial inclusion, making them equal stakeholders in development, pushing for women’s leadership and investing in the collection of gender-disaggregated data

The government has decided to place women’s empowerment at the heart of its development agenda. The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme has led to a 16-point improvement in the sex ratio at birth since 2014 (HT ARCHIVE)
Published on Mar 06, 2023 07:20 PM IST

India will set new data standards in G20 stint

Data is today the world’s most valuable resource and is essential for nuanced and effective policymaking. In its G20 presidency, India will call for modernisation of data systems and advance principles of transparency to better use data for development

As we step into India’s techade, data must be accessible to all (Shutterstock)
Published on Dec 26, 2022 07:33 AM IST

At Bali G20 meet, India charted an ambitious agenda

The nation rose to the occasion as a sound leader, a meticulous solution provider and a consensus builder through its positive and constructive approach. Its ethos of harmony, inclusivity, embracing diversity and promoting dialogue will be the essence of the country’s forthcoming G20 presidency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Indonesia's President Joko Widodo take part in the handover ceremony, Bali, November 16, 2022 (AFP)
Published on Nov 18, 2022 07:07 PM IST

Kartavya to country: New Central Avenue a fitting overture to a New India, says Amitabh Kant

The conversation around a complete revamp of the Central Vista had been going on for decades. However, little was done till we finally shook off the inertia and decided to tackle the issue head-on

Our colonial legacy cannot be a millstone around our neck. The soul of a civilization lies in its architecture. The redeveloped Kartavya Path will bridge the historical past and the dynamic present. It will infuse harmony and balance by embracing the future, says Amitabh Kant (PTI)
Published on Sep 09, 2022 11:52 AM IST

New Vista has a sense of ownership, responsibility

The 3-km-long stretch, home to several iconic structures has been undergoing a major revival for the past two years. The Central Vista redevelopment project was a bold and timely decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

People listen to PM Narendra Modi during the inauguration of Kartavya Path near India Gate as part of the revamped Central Vista project, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, September 8, 2022. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 09, 2022 07:00 AM IST

It’s time to revisit, rethink, reshape Indian cities

The next decade is an “urban decade”. To enable this, the current decade should be dedicated to robust planning and action

Cities constitute only about 3% of the country’s land, but contribute to over 70% of the Gross Domestic Product (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 09:45 PM IST
ByAmitabh Kant

India’s leadership in the climate crisis battle

As PM Modi underlined at COP26, there is a need for “mindful and deliberate utilisation of environmental resources”.

India’s ambitious targets at COP26 should be studied in the context of India’s consistent domestic push towards clean technologies (ANI)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 07:24 PM IST
ByAmitabh Kant

One billion doses: India’s leadership role in the world

At a time when developed nations have shied away from taking the lead, India has been attempting to bridge this divide

India’s efforts in ensuring vaccine equality need to be lauded, as it is taking responsibility which should have rightly been taken by the developed world (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 20, 2021 06:00 PM IST
ByAmitabh Kant

Asset monetisation holds the key to value creation in infrastructure

In order to give the needed fillip to the monetisation initiative, three aspects need concerted efforts and interventions — a relentless focus on implementation; developing brownfield models and frameworks; and driving the states and partnering with them in undertaking monetisation in a structured manner

India has made massive strides in creating a mesh of infrastructure in recent years. For most sectors, this has been driven by public funding. Today, India holds one of the largest brownfield stocks of fixed assets in the world. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 04:23 PM IST
ByAmitabh Kant

In a post-Covid world, a new toolkit for governments

Traditional supply chains do not possess all the capabilities to solve customer needs. An ecosystem of partners with different skills can do that

To enable India and its firms to be globally competitive in digital solutions and services, policies to improve infrastructure and regulatory costs or even innovation capability will not be enough (The India Today Group via Getty)
Published on Feb 22, 2021 08:39 PM IST
ByAmitabh Kant and Arindam Bhattacharya

Data can be an asset for governance, growth and public welfare

Data is a critical component for measurable and actionable governance and policy perspectives, as well as for triggering innovation and growth

Data as a beneficial good is also covered in the Economic Survey 2019, which proposed that data gathered by governments on issues of social interest ought to be democratised in the interest of social welfare, or made a public good (Indranil Bhoumik/mint)
Published on Jan 12, 2021 08:16 PM IST
ByAmitabh Kant and Desh Gaurav Sekhri

HTLS 2020: Defining a new era of growth and prosperity

The latest in the set of structural reforms is the introduction of the production linked incentives (PLI) schemes approved by the Cabinet a few days ago.

The formalisation of firms and employment has been encouraged through the introduction of GST and the new Labour Codes.(AP file photo)
Updated on Nov 24, 2020 09:24 AM IST
New Delhi | ByAmitabh Kant

India is in the middle of a much-needed start-up revolution

India now has 38,756 officially-recognised start-ups –– with 27 unicorns, eight of which achieved this status in 2020 –– and is the third-largest tech start-up hub globally.

Entrepreneurs today are utilising the unprecedented advances from technology, operating on the demands of our demography, and inadvertently steering citizen welfare.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Nov 10, 2020 11:38 AM IST
ByAmitabh Kant and Satwik Mishra

What will drive India’s next economic transformation, writes Amitabh Kant

Combined with world class infrastructure and a conducive business environment, India will attract both domestic and foreign investments in manufacturing.

With global supply chains being reforged in the light of the pandemic, India must position itself as a vital link in this new order(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 09, 2020 06:58 AM IST
ByAmitabh Kant

NDHM will radically transform health care

The creation of a digital health identity card will help patients, without compromising on their privacy

The days of people standing in long queues at health facilities carrying multiple medical reports will become a thing of the past in this digital- and patient-friendly ecosystem, empowered by world-class technologies(AFP)
Updated on Aug 27, 2020 06:21 AM IST
ByAmitabh Kant

NEP can make India a knowledge superpower | Opinion

With its focus on access, equity, learning infrastructure, governance, the policy is just right for the country

Continuous tracking of learning, flexible board exams, conceptual assessments and Artificial Intelligence-enabled data systems will be critical to orienting the entire organisation around outcomes, providing a systems-health check, as well as steering the right reform and course corrections(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2020 06:38 PM IST
ByAmitabh Kant

For tourism, here is an Incredible India 2.0 plan

The pandemic has affected the sector. But it has the potential to become the biggest employment generator

Travel and tourism has employed more than 42 million people in India or accounted approximately for 8.1% of the total employment opportunities. Last year, it contributed 9.3% to India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and received 5.9% of total investments(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jun 16, 2020 11:15 AM IST
ByAmitabh Kant
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