As Indians head to the polls to elect a new government, the country and its leaders – in government, business, civil society, the media and beyond – face critical choices that will impact India’s political, business, technology, social, cultural and foreign policy spheres.
On April 29th, the Asia Society Policy Institute, The India Project at Brookings and McKinsey & Company hosted a discussion examining these choices and explored the challenges and opportunities facing India outlined in the publication, Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia’s Next Superpower.
Published by McKinsey & Company, the volume provides insights from Gurcharan Das, Sonia Faleiro, Bill Gates, Shekhar Gupta, Vinod Khosla, Mallika Sarabhai, Eric Schmidt and Fareed Zakaria, among others.
India’s Ambassador to the United States Dr. S. Jaishankar gave a keynote address, and was followed by a panel of experts who explored what is at stake in the election and beyond for India’s people, its economy and security and for the U.S.-India relationship. Panelists included Brookings President Strobe Talbott; Senior Fellow Stephen P. Cohen; Christopher Graves, global CEO of Ogilvy Public Relations; and Adil Zainulbhai, senior advisor to McKinsey India. Tom Nagorski, executive vice president at the Asia Society provided introductory remarks.