The main mes­sages of the Sum­mit de­liv­ered by the six co-chairs were:

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Ben J. Ver­waayen said that the youth have a sim­ple mes­sage for their el­ders and lead­ers: “Don’t block us. We have the new mod­els for In­dia. Please don’t get in our way.”

Tulsi R. Tanti said, “In­dia should fo­cus on build­ing a sus­tain­able econ­omy and re­form the coun­try’s en­ergy ar­chi­tec­ture, par­tic­u­larly the power sec­tor, to en­sure that ‘we can bring a bet­ter life and bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties to the 400 mil­lion peo­ple’ in In­dia who do not have elec­tric­ity”.

Natara­jan Chan­drasekaran called on In­dia’s lead­ers to fo­cus on “how we can lib­er­ate tech­nol­ogy to solve prob­lems at a rea­son­able cost and leapfrog.” Tech­nol­ogy, he pointed out, could be used to en­hance tal­ent de­vel­op­ment, fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion, trans­parency and good gov­er­nance. “It is ab­so­lutely pos­si­ble to reach the vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple through tech­nol­ogy.”

Huguette La­belle said, “The fo­cus of re­form ef­forts should be to tackle cor­rup­tion and boost trans­parency. We know that cor­rup­tion feeds poverty, seeds vi­o­lence and so­cial desta­bi­liza­tion, pre­vents the de­vel­op­ment of so­cial in­fra­struc­ture, and chases away in­vest­ments.” She ar­gued that In­dia should make ef­forts to in­crease trans­parency in govern­ment pro­cure­ment, li­cens­ing and land reg­is­tra­tion. This would re­sult in huge sav­ings and would be wel­comed by cit­i­zens in light of the re­cent rise in pub­lic ac­tivism against cor­rupt prac­tices.

Adi B. Go­drej agreed, “Re­forms need to push ahead. It is very im­por­tant that we set pol­i­tics aside and set the re­form agenda so that we can bring re­forms for­ward rapidly so the de­cel­er­a­tion of GDP growth can be re­versed. It is very im­por­tant for the govern­ment to keep in mind that all the progress In­dia has made and the po­ten­tial progress are de­pen­dent on growth.”

Jef­frey Jo­er­res ad­vised, “In­dia’s lead­ers of­ten cite the com­plex­ity of the coun­try’s prob­lems as a rea­son for not mov­ing swiftly enough to solve them. In­dia has the tal­ent to take risks and sort out the chal­lenges and sim­plify them so that straight­for­ward so­lu­tions are im­ple­mented at a faster pace. In­dia has a tremen­dous brand. It is at an in­flec­tion point with op­por­tu­ni­ties to fall back or to move for­ward. The world is wait­ing for In­dia to take its place.”

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