India to Play Leading Role in Global Revival: PM Modi

Prime Minister addresses India Global Week File Photo / PTI

Bidisha Roy

LONDON (TIP): In his first major speech to a global audience since the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, July 9,  assured the world that India will play a leading role in global revival in this crucial time with a spirit of reform and rejuvenation.

At his much-anticipated inaugural address of India Global Week, biggest international event on India’s globalization, the Prime Minister said that India is ready to do whatever it can to further global good and prosperity.

“In these times, it is natural to talk about revival. It is equally natural to link global revival and India. There is faith that the story of global revival will have India playing a leading role. I see this closely linked with two factors.   The first is- Indian talent.  World over, you have seen the contribution of India’s talent-force. This includes Indian professionals, doctors, nurses, bankers, lawyers, scientists, professors, our hard-working laborers. Who can forget the Indian tech industry and tech professionals? They have been showing the way for decades.  India is a power-house of talent, that is eager to contribute, ever ready to learn. There is two-way synergy that is greatly beneficial”, he said.

“The second factor is India’s ability to reform and rejuvenate. Indians are natural reformers!  History has shown   that India has overcome every challenge, be it social or economic. India has done so with a spirit of reform and rejuvenation. The same sprit continues now”, he affirmed.

India Inc. Group – the UK-headquartered media house behind flagship publications ‘India Global Business’ and the recently-launched diaspora news network ‘iGlobal’ – brought together some of the best strategic minds and experts in their respective fields.

With +75 sessions, +250 speakers and +5000 participants from 49 countries, India Global Week cements itself as the event where ‘India Meets the World, and the World Meets India.

Prime Minister Modi tops a stellar list of speakers in packed program across three days between July 9 and 11, including External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, IT & Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Skills Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey, from India.

The line-up covers a special address by HRH The Prince of Wales and several UK Cabinet Ministers, including Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Home Secretary Priti Patel, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, and International Trade Secretary Lizz Truss – all underlining the centrality of India to a post-Covid, post-Brexit Britain.

Other international speakers on a diverse range of topics, from geopolitics and business to culture and diaspora, and across four country streams of Australia, Singapore, the UK and the US include Steve Waugh, Former Australian Cricketer; Dr Mukesh Aghi, President and CEO, US-India Strategic Partnership Forum; Chng Kai Fong, Managing Director, Economic Development Board, Singapore; and William Russell, Lord Mayor of the City of London. Other big highlights include Kunal Nayyar, of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ fame, in conversation with Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation; a conversation with Spiritual Leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar; and an exclusive never-seen performance by Madhu Nataraj and her team.

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