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Brexit, Trump, demonetization—2016 was the year of the surprise, a year when the unexpected became routine. In our annual year-end review (and year-ahead crystal-ball gazing exercise) in association with Project Syndicate, we tap Nobel laureates Joseph E. Stiglitz and Angus Deaton, economists Raghuram Rajan and Kaushik Basu, politicians Tony Blair and Juan Manuel Santos, political philosophers Michael Sandel and Francis Fukuyama and several others to understand 2016 better and prepare for 2017.
Start-ups are the embryos of tomorrow’s business ecosystem. They give us hope for the future while laying the foundation for growth. In the 1990s, India had the likes of Bharti Airtel, Axis Bank and, of course, Infosys for inspiration. In an earlier era, there was Reliance and Nirma, which set the gold standard for entrepreneurship. Now, as we stand bang in the centre of a new digital revolution, Mint seeks to find the potential superstars of the future. Our objective was simple: to identify the constituents of a Mint40 stock index in 2030. The choice of companies will be obvious in some cases, debatable in others, but there can be no arguing that these firms represent the zeitgeist of this new age of Indian business. Over the next few months, Mint will profile these 40 companies, across industries and segments.