DR B K MODI The Man of Many Firsts
DR BHUPENDRA KUMAR MODI aka Dr M, is a multidimensional person. A prominent industrialist, he functions as the Founder Chairman of the Smart Group, which is engaged in various sectors. In addition to that, he is known for the introduction of innovation an
How does it feel to have won the ‘Global Thought Leader award at The Stardust Achievers Awards in London?
London is very close to my heart and so is Stardust. As one of the smartest cities in the world, London has churned out great thought leaders. It is amongst the most sustainable cities in the world and there is a lot to learn from the systematic functioning of the city and its inhabitants. To be awarded as the Global Thought Leader in the global city by the magazine I have grown up reading, is a great honor.
You’ve had an illustrious journey, how did you kick-start your career?
I started my career by building a city called Modipuram where I set up a tyre factory in the year 1972. I worked at the grassroot levels because in order to build the city for the people, you have to work with the people on the ground. I started by setting up the industries, building houses, schools and all the urban necessities that make a city.
What has been your constant source of motivation?
My constant source of motivation is my vision to see India as a global leader for peace. This is the key thing that keeps me very active and excited about everything I do. All my efforts are channeled towards this vision.
You are known as Dr BK Modi - why have you started calling yourself ‘Dr M’?
There are two things to it, interestingly, people in Singapore started this. After Mr Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, Singaporeans started distinguishing me from him because of the common ‘Modi’ suffix. Also, GCF - Global Citizen Forum, the NGO that I set up in 2012, is based on the concept of a world beyond religion, gender and nationality and Dr. M fits in that concept perfectly.
How was GCF created? What is the thought behind it and why is GCF based in Singapore?
GCF was created as part of my understanding of the world. I realized that most of the conflicts in the world are caused by religion, nationality, gender or equality. In the current era of new technology, the entire humanity is connected to each other. The older concept no longer holds any weight as these boundaries are only artificial and there is a huge need for the mindset shift. I felt that there needs to be a forum, with this new mindset for these global citizens, that is how GCF came into being. I chose Singapore as its base because its founder Lee Kuan Yew not only created Singapore as a smart city but also a city that welcomes people from all the cultures, countries, faith and everybody there is a global citizen. It is because of these global citizens, that Singapore is amongst the smartest nations in the world.
Could you please shed some light on the philosophy - beyond nation, religion and gender?
I believe in oneness, the borders of religion, nation, and gender are all man-made and divisive in nature. Most wars and conflict arise out of these differentiated opinions. The world needs to advance in a positive direction and it is only possible if the minds are not divided into multiple ideas and identities. The layered divisions, be it gender, religion or nationalities create more chaos, than creating a multicultural global society.
What according to you is the concept of smart living?
What is the rationale behind happy, healthy, wealthy and beyond 100? Everything is interconnected in the idea of happy, healthy and wealthy beyond 100. As human beings our main goal in life is to be happy and to be happy health becomes a very important factor. Only a healthy person can live a complete fulfilled life. Wealth, alongside, helps you in becoming independent; it enables you to live the life you want to live. In today’ s generation, independence is also a key factor for happiness. With the new technologies, one can keep
the body healthy and alive beyond 100. With the understanding of how life needs to be lived and if you live smartly with your mind, one is sure to live a happy healthy and wealthy life beyond 100. You have diverse business interests across the world.
What specific business plans and projects are you focusing on in India?
There are two projects that are very close to me apart from the other projects. One is building a Mediciti in the heart of Delhi in Saket where we will provide services to people on smart living and bring the best of technologies of the world that people of Delhi deserve. It is an upcoming integrated healthcare ecosystem in the heart of the capital city of New Delhi providing world class and futuristic health care services such as quaternary care hospital, assisted living centre, rehab facilities, medical office building, stem cell bank and research, antiaging and regenerative medicine centre and residency facilities. It will have facilities for prevention of diseases that will empower people to cure themselves on a day to day basis so that they don’t require a hospital at all. The second project is Modiciti. Our objective is to build a pollution free sustainable city where people will live for themselves and for their future generations. Apart from setting new age industries, we would also make sure the quality of food, quality of air, quality of life is of global standards. Modiciti is going to be a prototype that becomes an example for the future cities, for the Z generation.
What are your views on the role of various big nations on global peace ?
I believe there are 3 nations that are emerging as big nations - India, China and USA. Their biggest responsibility is to create a peaceful world, a world without violence and war, a pollution free world for the generations to come. They should now aim at undoing the wrongs that have been done so far to make the world a better place. These nations with different philosophies of governance should lead the whole world to unite and live as one world.
What role do you think universal experiences - something that touches us all - like cinema, music, sports, yoga and spirituality play in bringing people together as a global community or as global citizens?
As humans, we are conscious and spiritual beings. I have travelled around the world all my life, one thing I have realized is that all people, irrespective of where they are from have a similar pattern of life. Everybody works towards being a successful person at work, everyone wants to provide the best for their family, and everyone wants enough wealth to lead independent lives. Once the mindset are the same, the world will definitely become a peaceful place. Both the ideas of GCF and Smart living are based on this premise. Any medium, be it cinema, music, sports, yoga, that engages with people at a deeper level is bringing the world closer and it does help in breaking the barriers that the mind has created. Hence it is of vital importance that we choose the subjects of these mediums very consciously.
What message would you like to give the young minds of our country?
The young minds of today are more evolved than their decade old counterparts. They have grown up in a world of technology and at the same time have seen war and conflict around them. The immense exposure that they have got has made them more sensitive towards the kind of future they want for themselves and their next generations. With the world shrinking with the help of technology, young people have an opportunity to work towards building a global community for themselves. For that to happen, they need to break the barriers that previous generations have built around them. They are the new value creators who can bring the world together.