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

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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.

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