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'Incredible India @60' campaign in NYC

By Sridhar Krishnaswami in Washington
September 13, 2007 17:27 IST
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The Yale University and the Confederation of Indian Industry are jointly holding two panel discussions on India in New York later this month, featuring corporate leaders like Indra Nooyi and Nandan Nilekani.

'India 2050: A Grand Strategy for India Rising', on September 24 and 'Women and Global Leadership', to be held the following day, are being organised as part of the 'Incredible India @60' campaign.

The campaign, organised by CII and the Government of India for September 23 to 26 in New York City, celebrates 60 years of independent India and seeks to engage the American public, the Indian immigrant diaspora and international business, governmental and media communities.

The two panel discussions will examine the challenges and opportunities that India will face in the coming decades and the rise of women leaders in all facets of India and its global diaspora, a media release said.

"Yale University's collaboration with CII signals the growing interest that India's emergence holds for all Americans. The study of India and South Asia has blossomed at Yale during the last decade, and we expect expanded exchanges and partnerships with India in the years to come," Richard Levin, President of the University, said.

Nandan Nilekani, co-chairman of the board of Infosys Technologies Ltd and chairman of the Incredible India@60 campaign steering committee, hoped the sessions would help "dissect India's future challenges and opportunities and redefine the leadership roles of women both within India and around the globe".

Levin will moderate the session on 'India 2050' which will feature Nilekani, historian Ramachandra Guha and Ernesto Zedillo, the former President of Mexico and Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalisation as panelists, among others.

They will engage in a discussion that considers what India must do to leverage its advantages to continue to meet its promise, what it can do to capitalise on its social and economic gains to more equitably address the disparities faced by its population, what failures could prevent it from fulfilling its ambitions, and most of all, to share their imagination and vision of India in 2050.

Margaret Warner, senior correspondent of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS Television will moderate the session on 'Women and Global Leadership', to be attended by actress-activist Shabana Azmi, HSBC India CEO Naina Lal Kidwai, Akshara Foundation chairperson Rohini Nilekani and PepsiCo Board Chairperson Indra Nooyi.

"The ascent of India on the world stage has been marked by the rise of women leaders in all facets of India and its diaspora, and women have figured critically as change agents and as consumers in India's growth. This panel brings together four of the most highly visible and influential women in the arts, the corporate world, and civil society to consider women's leadership in India and globally," the release said.

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