Puneet Dalmia, managing director of Dalmia Bharat group, has an interesting story to tell about India and why it is perceived as the future superpower. Puneet Dalmia, who recently landed in Switzerland‘s largest city Zurich to attend the World Economic Forum 2018, said that an immigration officer looked at his passport and recognised it as Indian passport.
“When I came to Zurich today, the immigration officer looked at my passport and said it’s an Indian passport, he said, you the future superpower,” he told India Today TV. “So, I think I had so much pride when somebody said that an Indian passport is something which is well recognised around the world, and people are really focusing on India being the next superpower.”
Puneet Dalmia was among scores of Indian businessmen and bankers including Mukesh Ambani, Uday Kotak and Anand Mahindra who are attending the 48th World Economic Forum in Davos, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his 24-hour-long trip to Davos, gave the opening speech and addressed world CEOs.
Speaking on India’s reforms, the Prime Minister said that India, under the government led by him, replaced red-tapism with red carpet and removed artificial borders within the nation by introducing one nation, one tax in the form of the Goods and Services Tax. “We have pledged to end the licensing regime from its roots. We are removing red tape and laying a red carpet. More than 1,400 archaic laws have been abolished,” he said, adding that reform, perform and transform’ is his mantra for development.
While Narendra Modi made his debut at the summit as the Prime Minister for after a gap of nearly two decades, this is not the first time when he is becoming a part of the WEF. He had been there in 2007 as Gujarat’s chief minister, then, selling the state as a special economic zone, however, at another summit called the annual meeting of Champions. India has witnessed various reforms in four years under the leadership of Narendra Modi, along with a massive push for ‘Make in India’. The summit is happening at a time when the government is pushing for Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in various areas.