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“When India turns 75, I will be at a retirement age,” said prominent lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani, adding, “I think I will have a great pension plan then.” The senior advocate at the Bombay High Court and a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party was speaking at the launch of India@75: Call to Action — a grassroot people’s initiative that aims at an inclusive, sustainable and developed India by 2022.
Present at the event were industry stalwarts like Tata Group’s Cyrus Mistry, Bajaj Auto’s Rahul Bajaj, Godrej Group’s Adi Godrej, CII president S Gopalakrishnan, lyricist Javed Akhtar, planning commission member Arun Maira, politician Priya Dutt, former Indian hockey team captain Viren Rasquinha, among others, who pledged to support the initiative that envisions an inclusive, sustainable and developed India, when it completes 75 years of independence.
“India@75 is a people’s initiative which is by the people, and for the people,” said Adi Godrej, chairman of India@75 Foundation. “Indians from all walks of life should participate to make this successful”.
Conceptualised by late professor CK Prahalad during the 60th year of Indian independence in 2007, India@75 initially articulated the idea of a developed India in three dimensions — robust economic resilience, technological vitality and vibrant moral leadership.
This vision was adapted by the Confederation of Indian Industry in 2008, which has now developed an action plan for the agenda comprising a multi-pronged approach with advocacy, facilitation, aggregation, and undertaking pilot projects for large scale replication with wider reach by leveraging extensive use of technology.
“It is a forward looking action inspiring Indians to shape the future of the country,” said Arun Maira, member of the planning commission, adding, “With many ripples coming together into larger waves of change, we will create a mighty force for change that will accelerate the country’s progress towards its vision of inclusive, sustainable and faster growth”.
It envisions key elements of progress in the form of moral leadership, good governance, and public administration, education and skills development, business and economic strength, urbanisation and environmental sustainability, technology and innovation, agriculture, food security and health, arts, literature