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HTLS 2023: PM Modi on mental, perceived and exaggerated barriers

HT Leadership Summit 2023 features influential speakers from diverse fields, envisioning a future #BeyondBarriers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Welcome to the highlights of the fifth and final day of the HT Leadership Summit 2023! Over the past four days, we've witnessed insightful discussions, remarkable conversations, and a diverse array of luminaries from various fields. Today, we had an exciting lineup of sessions, promising to close this prestigious event on a high note....Read More

In the inaugural session, we had the privilege of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud engaging in a conversation with Utkarsh Anand, national legal editor of Hindustan Times. It was a thought-provoking discussion on the legal landscape in India.

The second session featured an international perspective, with Lisa Curtis, Director of Indo-Pacific Security at the Center for a New American Security, and Minxin Pei, a distinguished professor.

In the third session, Lieutenant Commander Annu Prakash of the Indian Navy, Colonel Neha Singh of the Indian Army, and Group Captain Shaliza Dhami of the Indian Air Force shared their insights with Rahul Singh, Senior Associate Editor of Hindustan Times.

The fourth session featured Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Textiles, and Leader of the House, Rajya Sabha, in conversation with Anand Narasimhan, Managing Editor of Special Projects & Senior Anchor at Network 18.

In the fifth session, we had the privilege of hearing from Academy Award-winning actress and producer Charlize Theron, who was in conversation with Karan Johar, the renowned director and producer.

The following sessions delved into critical topics ranging from healthcare, sports, and industry, with distinguished speakers such as Keith Flaherty, Vivek Wadhwa, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, and many more.

The day concluded with a closing address by none other than the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, offering his insights and vision for the future.

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Nov 4, 2023 7:59 PM IST

2013-2023 journey

He underscores the monumental changes in headlines in the past decade. He says rating agencies are now revising India's growth forecast upward, in stark contrast to previous downward revisions.

He also reflects on the transformation of India's narrative, noting that in 2013, the focus was on the Augusta Westland scam. In contrast, the conversation now centers on record-breaking defense exports

Nov 4, 2023 7:54 PM IST

'Good economics and good politics can coexist, today's India is proof', PM Modi on 'perceived barriers'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserts that good economics and good politics can coexist, citing today's India as proof. He challenges the notion of perceived barriers, highlighting that the country's success is a testament to the harmonious relationship between sound economic policies and political leadership.

Nov 4, 2023 7:50 PM IST

Poverty can't be fought with slogans, but with policies: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi underscores the importance of policies over slogans in the fight against poverty. He emphasizes that poverty cannot be effectively combated with mere slogans; it necessitates well-thought-out and impactful policies.

Nov 4, 2023 7:46 PM IST

India leading climate actions goal in the world, our mindset has changed: PM Modi at HTLS 2023

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that India is leading the world in climate action goals. He emphasizes that India's mindset has changed, indicating a profound shift towards environmental responsibility and sustainability.

Nov 4, 2023 7:45 PM IST

Debit card was once status symbol, Modi put it in poor's pocket: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlights the transformative power of financial inclusion, mentioning how the debit card, once a status symbol, has been made accessible to the poor.

Nov 4, 2023 7:43 PM IST

PM Modi on Chandrayaan's impact on people

On the success of Chandrayaan, PM Modi notes that it has instilled self-confidence in the entire nation.

“With the success of Chandrayaan, 140 crore people have not become scientists and astronauts but the entire country is feeling the self-confidence.”

Nov 4, 2023 7:40 PM IST

PM Modi on mental barrier

He acknowledges that India didn't progress according to its potential due to mental barriers, some of which were perceived and some exaggerated. Since 2014, he says, India has been actively breaking these barriers, and today, the nation has achieved remarkable milestones, such as reaching locations on the Moon that no one has reached before.

Nov 4, 2023 7:36 PM IST

From ‘Reshaping India’ to ‘Beyond Barriers’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi commends the evolution of the HT Leadership Summit's themes from "Reshaping India" in 2014 to "Conversation for a Better Tomorrow" in 2019, and now "Beyond Barriers" in 2023. He interprets this as a message that the public will support political representatives after breaking all barriers. He sees it as the foundation for a brighter India.

"The summit's theme in 2014 was reshaping India, it means HT Group knew India will be reshaped.

In 2019, HT Summit's theme was conversation for better tomorrow.

Now in 2023, when the country is dicussing next year's Lok Sabha elections, your theme is Beyond Barriers. As I am a political representative, I see a message in it. You have clearly indicated that the public will support us after breaking all barriers."

Nov 4, 2023 7:10 PM IST

PM to speak on India’s recent developmental stride

Nov 4, 2023 6:58 PM IST

PM Modi to address the closing session shortly

Exciting news! Prime Minister Narendra Modi is about to deliver the closing address at the HT Leadership Summit 2023. Stay tuned for this highly anticipated session.

Nov 4, 2023 6:23 PM IST

On ties with Canada

Jaishankar argues that freedom of speech and expression should not serve as a license for violence, intimidation, or the promotion of separatist movements.

"The problem that we have faced, we have seen activities which have been justified in the name of freedom.

I have a very simple smell test for every country in the world. If you think that's right, would you like that to be done to you? And mostly I don't get an answer."

Nov 4, 2023 6:15 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War and Its Potential Implications

The question arose regarding the Israel-Hamas war and its possible implications on international initiatives. Jaishankar provided valuable insights on this complex situation. He emphasized the complexity of the Israel-Hamas conflict and the numerous possibilities that may not be immediately apparent.

"So it is a very complex situation with a lot of possibilities which are not fully apparent."

"But in terms of the initiatives, there was enormous interest in IMEC. Because Europeans do see today the need to have more efficient, smoother logistical passage to India. Given the fact that Europe will remain a major hub of the global economy and India will also grow in economic weight."

Nov 4, 2023 6:08 PM IST

The Need for Self-Awareness and Resource Allocation

The external affairs minister says India must be acutely self-aware of the need to compete in international relations. This awareness extends to the resources, capabilities, and strategies required for effective competition on the global stage.

“Within a given economy there will be policy choices which will make us more resources to commit.”

Nov 4, 2023 6:07 PM IST

Competition in International Relations

Jaishankar emphasized that international relations are inherently competitive. A critical aspect of this competition is the art of making it appear less competitive.

"International relations is a fundamentally competitive exercise and part of the competition is to make other people believe it's not competitive. We should not shrink from accepting that this is the fundamental basis of diplomacy or world politics."

Nov 4, 2023 6:03 PM IST

India's Expanding Role

Jaishankar emphasizes that India's role has evolved from merely clearing obstacles in its relationship with the U.S. to a more ambitious position.

"In the last three or four years, what has come into play is in the AI domain, chip. If India gets into smart manufacturing, we have much more to offer to the world, not just to the US."

Nov 4, 2023 6:02 PM IST

Betting on Potential

In a secure unipolar world, Jaishankar says, the U.S. recognized the value of engaging India on terms acceptable to India.

“In nuclear deal era and thereafter, you have US trying to reshape the world and looking for new partners of a long-term substance. We are in a different era for a variety of reasons. We were earlier essentially clearing obstacles on how to work with them. Now it's much more ambitious. And part of it is India's capability has grown,” Jaishankar notes.

Nov 4, 2023 6:00 PM IST

Balancing in Clinton Era

Jaishankar notes that during the Clinton era, the United States enjoyed a more favorable geopolitical position. At that time, American strategic thinking focused less on the need for balance in international relations.

Nov 4, 2023 5:54 PM IST

We are in a storm, need strong leadership: Jaishankar

“The world is difficult. The world will be difficult. That is why today we need strong leadership, we need preparation, and systemic changes. We are in a storm and there is no guarantee that it is going to get any better.”

Nov 4, 2023 5:48 PM IST

Shifting Global Responses

The traditional role of the United States as the primary responder to global crises is undergoing a transformation, Jaishankar suggests. He says there is a shift in expectations, with the recognition that the burden of addressing global challenges is a shared responsibility among nations.

Nov 4, 2023 5:48 PM IST

Evolution of Terrorism

He points to the evolving nature of terrorism, driven by technology and modern means of communication. This transformation necessitates innovative and adaptable approaches to counter these emerging threats effectively.

“We are seeing a different level of terrorism enabled by technologies and modern means of communications.”

Nov 4, 2023 5:47 PM IST

Rollback in Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Jaishankar acknowledged the challenges and setbacks faced in the global pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals.

Nov 4, 2023 5:41 PM IST

Jaishankar on India's Decade of Transformation

He highlighted the substantial growth in India's competitiveness and confidence over the last decade. He noted that India has become more assertive and is less inclined to shy away from challenges.

"We have reached the level where we don't duck the problem. For example, the operations we have carried in Israel, Sudan and Ukraine. When you have a problem of that scale, the response today is to get moving."

Nov 4, 2023 5:38 PM IST

Jaishankar on five year journey

Jaishankar begins by acknowledging the significant step taken by the Indian government with the abrogation of Article 370. This constitutional change has had far-reaching implications and has sparked discussions on both the national and international stages. He highlights the challenges and the complex diplomatic efforts required to address the pandemic's multifaceted impacts.

Nov 4, 2023 5:32 PM IST

Up next: EAM S. Jaishankar in conversation with R. Sukumar, Editor-in-Chief, Hindustan Times

Get ready for a significant session featuring Dr. S. Jaishankar, India's External Affairs Minister. He will be in conversation with R. Sukumar, Editor-in-Chief of Hindustan Times.

Nov 4, 2023 5:31 PM IST

SLB told her to become a director

Alia revealed that while she has no plans of turning director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali did tell her that should direct a film in a future.

Nov 4, 2023 5:23 PM IST

‘Lies, absolute lies spoken about me’

Alia addressed all the trolling she has faced but decides to never react to them. She says there is a difference between constructive criticism and straight up spreading hate. “I can't do anything if someone just doesn't like my face.”

“I've never even in my life spoken back or said that you can't say this about me. Sometimes lies, complete lies are spoken. I have never said anything back because that's not the way I want to conduct myself. I will be openly vulnerable and openly kind.”

Nov 4, 2023 5:11 PM IST

On revealing Raha's face

“I don't want it to seem like I am hiding my daughter. I am proud of her. If the cameras were not rolling right now, I would put a giant image of her on the screen. I love her. I am proud of our baby. But we are new parents. We don't know how we feel about her face splashed out all over the internet, she's barely a year old,” Alia said about revealing Raha's face to the world. However, she promised that she would do it when they feel comfortable with the idea.

Nov 4, 2023 5:06 PM IST

Raising Raha

“I do accept the comfort of professional help if I am unavailable. A lot of women don't have that and I can't imagine how difficult that might be,” Alia said about being a parent to daughter Raha and also keeping up with her hectic work.

Nov 4, 2023 4:51 PM IST

Agreeing with PM Modi's words

Alia said PM Modi's words that no one is ever a loser, just winners and learners, resonated with her. “I believe I am a learner,” she said.

Nov 4, 2023 4:49 PM IST

Would she do a Shanaya role now?

Alia thought a little and said ‘never say never’ to a role like Shanaya from Student of the Year. “I never limit myself, I really go with my instincts,” she said but added that her personality would have evolved over the last 10 years.

Nov 4, 2023 4:45 PM IST

‘There was a certain nervousness’

Alia accepts there was a ‘nervousness’ in not just Bollywood but also in other industries when coming out of the pandemic.

Nov 4, 2023 4:42 PM IST

Alia Bhatt on recycling her wedding outfit

Alia Bhatt says one has to be ‘mindful that you don’t have to always buy a new outfit', as she talks about recycling her wedding outfit for the National Awards ceremony.

Nov 4, 2023 4:40 PM IST

Alia Bhatt at HTLS 2023

Alia Bhatt is now in conversation with Sonal Kalra. She begins by talking about her recent National Award win.

Nov 4, 2023 4:35 PM IST

Global Trends and Sustainability in Business

Jindal mentioned the increasing shift towards electric vehicle (EV) batteries and the rapid development of the hydrogen economy. He highlighted the growing importance of water conservation as a significant concern for every country.

Nov 4, 2023 4:30 PM IST

ESG and the Impact on the Common Man

Nishant Arya acknowledges the importance of ESG but stresses the need to ensure that the benefits reach the grassroots level and have a positive impact on everyday people.

He highlights the growing importance of digitization as a tool to track and understand how these benefits are being delivered to the common man.

Nov 4, 2023 4:26 PM IST

ESG and the Progress in Women's Involvement

Hebbar notes the relatively recent introduction of ESG as a framework that provides companies with a structured approach to set and achieve environmental, social, and governance goals. She highlights a specific achievement from 2020, when the legal framework allowed women to work underground in India.

Nov 4, 2023 4:23 PM IST

The Evolution of Sustainability in Business

Arya shares his perspective on the journey of addressing the challenge of making businesses sustainable. He notes that the focus has shifted from mere compliance with sustainability standards to achieving desired outcomes.

Nov 4, 2023 4:18 PM IST

India's Wealth of Natural Resources for a Sustainable Future

Hebbar draws attention to the significance of India's natural resources in the context of achieving net zero emissions by 2070. Hebbar highlightes the substantial demand for metals, approximately 3 billion tonnes, to achieve the goal of net-zero emissions by 2070.

She raises the important question of whether India should invest in importing these metals or harness its rich natural resources to produce them domestically.

Nov 4, 2023 4:16 PM IST

The Significance of the Mining Industry

Priya Agarwal Hebbar, Chairperson of Hindustan Zinc & Non-Executive Director at Vedanta Limited, highlighted the importance of the mining industry.

Hebbar emphasized that the mining sector has often been stigmatized, but it plays an indispensable role in our modern lives. She noted that nearly everything in our contemporary life originates from beneath the Earth's surface. Hebbar lamented the growing disconnect from the mining industry and underscored that mining is the foundation of many aspects of our daily lives.

Nov 4, 2023 4:09 PM IST

Priya Agarwal Hebbar, Nishant Arya, and Abhyuday Jindal In Conversation with Ravi Krishnan, Editor-in-Chief, Mint

Get ready for an engaging session featuring Priya Agarwal Hebbar, Chairperson of Hindustan Zinc & Non-Executive Director, Vedanta Limited, along with Nishant Arya, Vice Chairman of JBM Group, and Abhyuday Jindal, Managing Director of Jindal Stainless. They will be in conversation with Ravi Krishnan, Editor-in-Chief of Mint.

Nov 4, 2023 4:08 PM IST

Chirag on Paris Olympics

Expectations have raised and its is good, but we need to look at it in a very positive manner. Couple of years back no one expected anything from dpubles. We will go and give our best shot and return with a medal.

Nov 4, 2023 4:04 PM IST

Chirag on coach Mathias Boe.

“I knew Mathias Boe from 2013. He used to come and train with us. Back then he was the world no. 1. To train with him when I was a junior was big learning expereinece for me. He was very supportive and that was the quality that I felt would be beneficial for us. After Covid lockdown he told us that he wanted to coach us. Although he did bot have any experience in that role, we knew he was the one.”

Nov 4, 2023 3:54 PM IST

"We've never been satisfied people"

Chirag: “We've never been satisfied people. The first quarters we played in syprseries was by the first indian. a lot of people would've been satisfied with that but we were not. we wanted to be the best i the world. That came naturally to us. We kept raising the bar. We are still starting. there are many more things to come and bigger things to achieve.”

Nov 4, 2023 3:53 PM IST

Why Chirag and Satwik picked badminton doubles?

Chirag: Why not doubles? We've always been a lot of country with a lot of singles players Prakash sir, Gopi sir, Saina, Sindhu, Prannoy, Srikanth. We haven't had great people who have picked up doubles and been in the top five or something. Jwala and Ashwin were good. We chose dou bles not because we wanted to earn money. We didn't get paid that well. We always had that passion for doubles. We always had that drive that was the main thing to play doubles.

Satwik: I always wanted to be a doubles player. I always heard India doesn't have doubles players. India used to lose during team event.s That's what my moto was. I wanted to change that. Thing started to change slowly. Me and Chirag had common goals. Singles is kind of boring. Doubles is exciting.

Nov 4, 2023 3:51 PM IST

Satwik has his say on the pair being world no. 1 men's pair

“Don't think much about it. Anyone can beat anyone. We don't care about the rankings. We only want to win more titles. Luckily when we won in Asian Games it was a double bonanza for us with the no. 1 rankings.”

Nov 4, 2023 3:50 PM IST

Chirag opens up on their training routine

The mornings have a lot to do with building our partnership on the court. Evenings are lot more tactical. Doubles pairing is not about how good you are individually. You need to coordinate with you partner as well

Nov 4, 2023 3:44 PM IST

"I did not want to play with Satwik"

Chirag on partnering Satwik: It wasn't personally though. We both are tall and lanky players and hence wanted to play at the back court. So we found it difficult adjusting to this partnership because no one wanted to play in the front court. The first few montsh we weren't able to find who will play in the front court and we lost in the very first rouynd in the first three tournaments we played. Our then coach took us out and explained how important this pairing is and urged us to give a little more time. But something changed, psychologically, because earlier we were forced to become partners. They we won four titles in a row."

Nov 4, 2023 3:39 PM IST

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty speak at HTLS 2023

Satwisksairaj opens up on partnering Chirag: "He was my opponent in the junior stage. He was my enemy 5-6 years back. I wanted to beat him all the time because he beat me all the time and I was keen to get that revenge. But never imagined that he would become the most important person in my life. "

Nov 4, 2023 3:34 PM IST

India's Potential in Diagnostics and the Need for Therapeutics Partnerships

Flaherty discussed the strengths and challenges within India's healthcare landscape.

He noted that India has the potential to lead the diagnostic revolution effectively on its own.

However, when it comes to therapeutics, access remains a significant issue. Many impactful cancer therapies are beyond the reach of the vast majority of Indians.

Flaherty emphasized the importance of addressing this issue and the need for partnerships to enhance access to therapeutic treatments.

Nov 4, 2023 3:29 PM IST

India's Potential as a Leader in Cancer Cure and AI

Wadhwa expressed that if everything aligns as planned, India has the potential not only to lead the world in curing cancer but also to become the global hub for artificial intelligence (AI).