April 03, 2023


Nineteen years ago, in the presence of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, we had kicked of f a two-day conclave at which the theme was ‘Building an Indian Century’. We knew the idea was aspirational but worth testing. Surprisingly, the galaxy of speakers not only endorsed the idea but also suggested pathways to building an Indian century. That included Prime Minister Vajpayee, Leader of the Opposition Sonia Gandhi, Mukesh Ambani, Raghuram Rajan and Colin Powell—among others.


The world may be saying it now and the India Today Conclave may have made it its theme in 2023, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi had heralded ‘The India Moment’ 20 months ago, from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15, 2021. “This is the time, and it is the right time,” he had said. And as he took the stage at the India Today Conclave on March 18, this is what he reminded the audience before him, both at the Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi, as well as those watching him on television or digitally.

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