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Our diverse culture has something for everyone. Our young population is thirsty for education and achievement. And a strong private sector is our engine of growth. We can lead the world in the future yet, we struggle to create a business-friendly environment. We lag in innovation. Education, public health and quality of jobs demand attention. Our governments control some things too much and neglect others.
How can the government, citizens and firms turn our struggle into promise and enable India to lead? How can we fix things by learning from best practices elsewhere? How can we ensure openness, inclusivity and innovation? How can independent institutions make up for low state capacity? How can our culture deliver leadership?
In this episode of BIC Talks which is an extract from an in-person conversation with Ramachandra Guha around his book, The Struggle and the Promise, Naushad Forbes answers these and other critical questions concerning India’s progress. He provides a logical, actionable blueprint for getting the balance right between industry, institutions and policy. Backed by rigorous research and copious data, here’s a book that shows how to fulfill India’s potential.
Dr. Naushad Forbes is the Co – Chairman of Forbes Marshall, India’s leading Process and Energy Efficiency firm. He is Chairman, Ananta Aspen Centre, and Centre for Technology, Innovation and Economic Research (CTIER).
Forbes Marshall helps customers build and sustain highly efficient plants by reducing waste, optimising process and energy efficiency, and complying with regulatory requirements. Forbes Marshall has consistently ranked as a ‘Great Place to Work’, and aspires to be a multinational with Indian roots.
Naushad was an occasional Lecturer and Consulting Professor at Stanford University from 1987 to 2004 where he developed courses on Technology in Newly Industrializing Countries. He received his Bachelors, Masters and PhD Degrees from Stanford.
Naushad is on the Board of several educational institutions and public companies. Naushad has long been an active member of CII and was President of CII for 2016 – 17. Naushad’s book, The Struggle and the Promise: Restoring India’s Potential, was released by HarperCollins in January 2022.
Ramachandra Guha was born and raised in the Himalayan foothills. He studied in Delhi and Kolkata, and has lived for many years in Bengaluru. His many books include a pioneering environmental history, The Unquiet Woods; a landmark history of the Republic, India after Gandhi; and an authoritative biography of Mahatma Gandhi, both volumes of which were chosen by The New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year. He has written multiple books on Cricket.
Having previously taught at Oslo, Stanford and the London School of Economics, he is currently Distinguished University Professor at Krea University. Guha’s awards include the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History, the Howard Milton Award of the British Society for Sports History, the Sahitya Akademi Award, and the Fukuoka Prize for contributions to Asian culture. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate in the humanities from Yale University.