‘Cri­sis presents a chance to change’

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Htbusiness - Jayshree P Upad­hyay jayshree.pyasi@livemint.com

MUM­BAI: Tata Sons Ltd chair­man N Chan­drasekaran on Tues­day said the Covid-19 pan­demic has come with its own op­por­tu­ni­ties that could usher in a tech­nol­o­gy­driven trans­for­ma­tion and cat­a­pult In­dia into a world be­yond

“ju­gaad, tweaks and tricks”. “Covid-19 could be a cat­a­lyst to­wards dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion, en­sur­ing ac­cess to health and ed­u­ca­tion to all. Fo­cus should be on build­ing a sus­tain­able fu­ture and a more re­silient econ­omy,” he said, de­liv­er­ing the 26th Lalit Doshi me­mo­rial lec­ture high­light­ing In­dia’s op­por­tu­ni­ties in decade 2020. “At a time of ex­treme cri­sis of both lives and econ­omy, sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment will need to be at the core of any­thing In­dia does from this point on,” he said. While the pan­demic has led to the evo­lu­tion of new ways of work­ing for In­dia Inc., forc­ing it to move away from tra­di­tional brick-and-mor­tar mod­els to dig­i­tal plat­forms, Chan­drasekaran said tech­nol­ogy will play a far more im­por­tant role than be­fore.

“But these won’t work till there is a digi­ti­sa­tion push,” he said. “Ju­gaad, tweaks and tricks can only do so much, the big­gest prob­lems for In­dia is lack of jobs and ac­cess to health­care, which can be prop­erly ad­dressed only by faster adop­tion of tech­nol­ogy.”

Chan­drasekaran has re­cently co-au­thored a book, Bridg­i­tal Na­tion: Solv­ing Tech­nol­ogy’s Peo­ple Prob­lem, where he pre­dicts that In­dia will be among the world’s top three economies by 2030 by lever­ag­ing tech­nol­ogy.


Tata Sons chair­man N Chan­drasekaran.

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