India urgently needs an indigenous sustainability model which can be in harmony with its economy, society and culture. Such an all-round or holistic growth model could help India evolve as a vibrant nation, if not a super power.
There’s broad consensus that India CANNOT afford to follow the Western model of inequitable growth or the Chinese ‘grow now, pay later’ model. But there’s not enough dialogue, debate or conversation about what India should do instead.
No one has a problem with rapid growth with equity. Do we know how to achieve this balance? Do we have an idea what will happen to India’s eco-system if we if we grow between 8 and 10% and abolish poverty by 2030?
The governments – central and states – seem eager and serious about supporting clean energy and clean India. India’s commitment at the recent Paris Summit is laudable. How can we build on this momentum?
The effort should start NOW. Procrastination could result in India adopting a nasty cocktail of Chinese and the Western ways by default. The price India could pay could be very heavy.
Throughout our history, we have learnt from others while preserving our roots to forge forward. Can we do this again now?
The conclave will address the following questions:
Business leaders, entrepreneurs, executives and students interested in understanding the future dynamics and challenges that India is going to face and how they can contribute to it.
All sustainability, CSR professionals and those working in the space of ecology to learn about how they can enhance their impact.
Faculty of business schools and engineering colleges – enhance their appreciation of the complexities of India’s future so that they can groom their students accordingly
The models discussed at the conclave will be turned into a working paper and shared with Niti Aayog, relevant ministries, think tanks, universities, etc., after the conclave.
Highlights and keynote summaries will be published in SustainabilityNext and other media partner newsletters
Benedict Paramanand – Editor SustainabilityNext
Manoj Chakravarti – COO, Centre for Corporate Governance and Citizenship, IIMB
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