New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the annual Leadership Summit, 2007 on the theme of “Imagine the India that can be”, being held in the capital, in the presence of more than 600 delegates and invitees.
What Hindustan Times began in November 2003 as an annual Leadership Summit has grown in representation and credibility into a powerful forum seeking to bring together leaders from different walks of life, encouraging interactions and debates, while raising the bar of discussion on critical world issues.
Day one’s morning session saw an animated panel discussion led by media personalities Vir Sanghvi and Rajdeep Sardesai.
The prime minister took questions from the audience on a host of subjects. He reiterated that general elections were still far away and that the government hoped to serve its full term.
He also said that in case the Nuke Deal did not go through, it would not be the end of the world. He spoke on healthcare, unfinished agenda of economic reforms, on whether infrastructure development will keep pace with the galloping growth being witnessed in metros and tier 1 and tier 2 cities and how the internal security of the country is being strengthened to meet challenges in the face of terrorist activity.
Attempting to make a contribution to thought leadership,the Summit provides a platform for eminent leaders to interact, share their opinions and views on important subjects of concern as they arrive at solutions. It also throws open dialogues on social, economic and political issues with pointers on how India can shape its own future in the global growth scenario.
With sessions scheduled on “Are Northern states lagging behind?”, “A nation forever subsidized”, “Regional pride over national identity”, “Why corporate philanthrophy makes good business sense” and “Western media and their global stereotypes”, a blue print should emerge with a clear mapping of next steps.