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When we thought of the ‘India Decade’ theme and sent out the first flyers for the 22nd Skoch Summit, we found to our great surprise that soon after, the theme had gained currency. In a space of three months, there were three major summits with the same theme, only the small point differed. Was our idea being stolen from right under our noses? Maybe not, the very imperatives that had guided us were also recognised by other like-minded thinking people. This is the India decade, the make-or-break variety.

Quoting from The Wall Street Journal, “What will distinguish India in the decade [2010-2020] is its ability to now look inward, to clean its government, to uplift more of its population, to foster the businesses and innovations… and make their success of the last 10 years the norm across regions and industries. …That might just clinch more than the next decade – it could well pave the way for an Indian century.”

Undoubtedly, the issues that surround the debate are not only economic; a socio-economic perspective is required. Transparent governance, improved service delivery and poverty alleviation must be part of the decade’s agenda, on par with connectivity, power and other infrastructure needs. We need to incorporate technology advances into our quest for a developed and equitable society. Many of our guest writers have emphasised the same point. Two special features explore cloud computing and mobile banking, both containing the promise of delivering inclusive results.

In another context, they say every vote counts. Here too, each bit counts towards making India rise in global community of nations. The effort is collective. Jai Ho!

Sameer Kochhar

Sameer Kochhar, Chairman of SKOCH Group, is a passionate advocate of social, financial and digital inclusion. In 1997, after spending 15 years in the corporate world, he decided to follow his inner calling and become a development thinker. Ever since, he single-mindedly applied himself to the rigours of self-education, academic research and field tours. The SKOCH Group – which has a think tank, media and consultancy arms – was established as part of this endeavour. His expert opinion is sought by the government. In Kochhar's thinking, writings and activities, his profound admiration for Indiaís economic reforms – and in extension, those outstanding personalities who strive to make these reforms more meaningful and broad-based – comes out clear and unambiguous.
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