E-Commerce Leaders, Women Entrepreneurs, Digital Innovators feature prominently at India Leadership Conclave 2017 Nominations

E-Commerce Leaders, Women Entrepreneurs, Digital Innovators feature prominently at India Leadership Conclave 2017 Nominations

India Leadership Conclave 2017 Nominations attempt to empower the innovative transformers, rebel leaders, digital entrepreneurs, social reformers & business leaders at 8th Annual India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2017

Nation’s much awaited 8th annual India Leadership Conclave’s 2017 Nomination were announced where the hunt has been made to find out the best talents, innovators, reformers, social entrepreneurs, public administrators in the top categories through a very standard fair & independent way of bringing top six names to the final list of voting. The internal team of experts at Network 7 Media Group, the flagship media property of Indian Affairs looked at the all-round progress of the individuals/companies & consultations were made with various associations of india & trade bodies. Final selections were made by public from the recommendations of the top industry associations & chamber of commerce. Upon much consideration, research & detailed analysis, nominees were found based on a robust process that involved considerable comprehensive mechanism that Network 7 Media Group do years after years. Speaking on the Nominations, Satya Brahma, Chairman of India Leadership Conclave said  “Very importantly, India Leadership Conclave’s mantra is very simple & clear. We dont follow a fixed set of rules of traditional theories of selecting a nominee in the final six list either based on seniority, age or celebrity status. We go by our research, expert’s advice & bring to light those talent & innovators who never got noticed in mainstream media or recognized. When they see their names in the big six final list, they feel proud, for us, that is the winning moments after relentlessly following & chasing for finding the credible name!”

The Conclave starts over a power breakfast at 10.00 am  in the morning  & will continue till 07.30 PM followed by the much awaited annual leadership awards 2017.The Award Presentation will be held at Mumbai, India on Friday, the 4th of August 2017 at Hotel Sahara Star in a glittering award ceremony from 07.30 PM onwards where India’s who’s & Who’s will be present like previous years to celebrate the moment of joy, happiness & success. More than 400 industry leaders, diplomats, policy makers, social activists, business tycoons, rebel leaders are expected to attend the much awaited annual affair including delegates from the middle east, Europe & asean countries. The grand conclave ILC 2017 will also felicitate leaders & Companies for the remarkable performances for making india move, proud & prosper.

Transformational Leader of the Decade

  1. Mr. Ashok Soota,Executive Chairman, Happiest Minds
    2. Mr. Gururaj Deshpande, Co-founder and Chairman, Sycamore Networks
    3. Mr. Nandan Nilekani, ‎Former Chairman – Unique Identification Authority of India
    4. Mr. Natarajan Chandrasekaran, chairman, Tata Sons
    5. Mr. A.S.Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO
    6. Mr. Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, Government of India

Business Leader of the Year 2017

  1. Mr. V.G.Siddhartha, CMD,Coffee Day Enterprises Limited
    2. Dr. Raghupati Singhania,CMD, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd
    3. Mr. G M Rao, Group Chairman – GMR Group
    4. Mr. Anant Gupta, Founder Chairman and CEO, Techcelx
    5. M. S. Unnikrishnan, Managing Director & CEO, Thermax
    6. Dr. Vikram Shah, CMD , Shalby Hospitals.

Business Woman of the Year 2017

1.Ms. Priya Paul,chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Group
2.Ms. Mallika Srinivasan, Tafe – Chairman & CEO, Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited
3.Ms. Vani Kola, Managing Director, Kalaari Capital
4.Ms. Jyothi Reddy, CEO, Key Software Solutions
5.Dr. Mariazeena Johnson, Managing Director, Sathyabama University
6.Ms. Rajshree Pathy, CMD, Rajshree Group of Companies

Transformational Woman Business Leader 2017

1.Ms. Grace Pinto, Managing Director, Ryan International Group of Institutions
2.Ms. Deepika Arora,Regional Vice President- EurAsia, Wyndham Hotel Group
3.Ms. Vanitha Narayanan,Chairman, IBM India Private Limited
4.Ms. Manisha Sood,Director and Country General Manager, Fitbit India Pvt Ltd
5.Ms. Sandhya Vasudevan, Managing Director,DBOI Global Services,Deutsche Bank Group
6.Ms. Mansi Madan Tripathy, Managing Director, Shell Lubricants, India

Gen – Next Business Woman of the Year 2017

  1. Ms.Lakshmi Venu, Jt MD, Sundaram Clayton.
    2. Ms.Tara Singh Vachani, MD and CEO , Antara Senior Living.
    3. Ms.Ananya Birla, Founder, Chairperson and Director,Svatantra Microfinance.
    4. Ms. Radhika Piramal, Managing Director, VIP Industries Ltd
    5. Ms.Kanchan Agarwal,Director GPA Group, Founder CEO, Comparemunafa.com
    6. Ms.Tanaaz M Bhatia, MD & Founder Bottomline Media.

Transformational Chief Minister of the Year 2017

  1. Mr.Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister, Assam.
    2. Mr.Devebdra Fernandez, Chief Minister, Maharashtra.
    3. Mr.Naveen Patnaik , Chief Minister, Odisha.
    4. Ms.Mamta Banerjee, Chief Minister, West Bengal.
    5. Mr.Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh.
    6. Mr.Raghuvar Das ,Chief Minister, Jharkhand.

India’s Best Performing Minister in a State in India

  1. Mr. Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao, Cabinet Minister for IT E&C, MAUD, Industries & Commerce, Mines & Geology, Public Enterprises and NRI Affairs.
    2. Dr. Amit Mitra, Minister-in-Charge of Finance, Excise, Commerce & Industries, Public Enterprise, Industrial Reconstruction & Commerce and Industry.
    3. Mr. Amar Agrawal,Minister of Department of Commercial Taxes,Urban Development,Commerce & Industry, Chhattisgarh.
    4. Mr. Manish Sisodia,Deputy Chief Minister,  Delhi.
    5. Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, Finance Minister,Assam.
    6. Mr. Surjya Narayan Patro,Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare, Cooperation,Government of Odisha.

India’s Most Promising Leadership in Public Administration 2017

  1. Dr. PV Ramesh, CMD, REC Limited.
    2. Mr. Dinesh K Sarraf,CMD, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC).
    3. Mr.Arup Roy Choudhury, CMD,NTPC.
    4. Mr.Sutirtha Bhattacharya,CMD,Coal India Limited.
    5. Mr. Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL.
    6. Dr. M Ravi Kanth, CMD, Housing & Urban Development Corporation Ltd.

India’s Most Promising Leader in Indian Insurance Industry 2017

1.Mr. Neelesh Garg, MD & CEO,Tata AIG General Insurance Co Ltd.
2.Mr. Tapan Singhel, MD & CEO, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance.
3.Mr. Sanjeev Srinivasan,CEO & MD, Bharti AXA General Insurance Company Ltd.
4.Dr. S.Prakash,Senior Executive Director & CMO, Star Health and Allied Insurance Co Ltd.
5.Mr. Sandeep Bakhsh,Managing Director and CEO,ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Ltd.
6.Mr. Ashish Mehrotra,CEO & MD, Max Bupa Health Insurance Company Limited

India’s Most Trusted & Valuable Insurance Company 2017

  1. ICICI Lombard Health Insurance
    2. Universal Sompo Health Insurance
    3. SBI General Health Insurance
    4. Royal Sundaram Health Insurance.
    5. Chola MS Health Insurance
    6. Star Health Insurance

Indian Affairs India’s Most Trusted & Valuable TPA Company 2017

  1. Vidal Healthcare TPA Pvt Ltd
    2. Focus Health services TPA Pvt. Ltd
    3. Vipul Med Corp TPA. Pvt. Ltd
    4. Rothshield Healthcare (TPA) Services Limited
    5. Dedicated Healthcare Services TPA (India) Private Limited
    6. Anyuta Insurance Tpa In Health Care Private Limited

India’s Most  Valuable Luxury Cosmetics Beauty Brand 2017

  1. M.A.C Cosmetics
    2. Lakme
    3. Revlon
    4. L’Oreal.
    5. Elle 18
    6. Sephora

India’s  Most Innovative Skincare Leader 2017

  1. Dr. Charu Sharma, plastic and cosmetic surgeon and Director, Gorgeous Looks Cosmetic
    2. Dr. Vandana Punjabi,Founder & Cosmetologist,Dr Vandana Punjabi’s Skin & Hair Clinic.
    3. Dr  Madhuri Agarwal, Founder & Medical director, Yavana Aesthetics Clinic.
    4. Dr. Monica Jacob, Founder & Cosmetologist, Bodyz Wellness.
    5. Dr. Sadhana Deshmukh,Founder,Forever yooung skin hair body aesthetics clinic.
    6. Dr. Reema Das Mallik,Founder & Cosmetologist,Illumis Aesthetic Clinic.

India’s Most Promising Digital streaming service Provider 2017

  1.  Amazon Prime.
    2.  HotStar.
    3.  Spuul.
    4.  Voot.
    5.  NETFLIX.
    6.  Hungama TV.

India’s Most Inspiring & Model Woman CEO 2017

  1. Ms. Kalyani Shah Chawla, MD,Lulu and Sky Brands Pvt. Ltd.
    2. Ms. Devita Saraf, Founder, CEO & Design Head, Vu Televisions.
    3. Ms. Sucharita Mukherjee, Managing Director & CEO, IFMR Holdings.
    4. Ms. Raakhe Kapoor Tandon, Founder, RAAS Capital.
    5. Ms. Sunaina Kwatra,Country Manager, Louis Vuitton India.
    6. Ms. Manasi Kirloskar, Executive Director of Kirloskar Systems Ltd.

India’ Most Innovative Pharmaceutical Company of the Year 2017

  1. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited.
    2. Cipla Limited.
    3. Cadila Healthcare Ltd.
    4. Mankind Pharma Limited.
    5. Alkem Laboratories Limited.
    6. Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited.

India’ Most Luxurious & Innovative Hand Bag Company 2017

  1. Lavie.
    2. Caprese.
    3. Meera Mahadevia
    4. Da Milano
    5. Lino Perro
    6. Peperones

Social Reformer of the year 2017

  1. Dr. H Harish Hande, Managing Director, SELCO-India
    2. Ms. Medha Patkar, Social Activist
    3. Mr. Ashok Khemka, Principal Secretary to Government of Haryana, Science & Technology Department
    4. Ms. Ajaita Shah, Founder & CEO, Frontier Markets.
    5. Ms. Shaheen Mistri is the CEO of Teach For India
    6. Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder, Sulabh toilet movement

Indian Affairs First Generation innovative Entrepreneur 2017

1.Mr. Mustafa P. C, CEO, iD fresh food india pvt ltd.
2.Mr. Kailash Katkar,Founder & CEO, Quick Heal Technologies.
3.Mr. Sanjay Sharma,CEO, MTR Foods.
4.Mr. Pranay Chulet, Founder & CEO, Quikr.
5.Mr. Abhinay Choudhari,Co-founder, www.BigBasket.com.
6.Mr. Shashank ND, Founder & CEO, Practo.

Indian Affairs Woman Entrepreneur of the year 2017

  1. Ms. Deepika Rohit Rajnoor, Founder,Image Mantra.
    2. Ms.Pallavi Jha,Chairperson & Managing Director, Dale Carnegie Training India.
    3. Ms.Shubhra Chadda,Co-Founder, Chumbak Design Pvt. Ltd.
    4. Ms. Kalpana Saroj, Chairperson, Kamani Tubes.
    5. Ms. Pernia Qureshi, Fashion Designer.
    6. Dr. Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Beauty Beauty Products Pvt. Ltd.

Indian Affairs Healthcare Administrator of the year 2017

  1. Mr.Bhavdeep Singh,CEO, Fortis Healthcare Limited.
    2. Mr.Rajit Mehta,Managing Director & CEO, Max Healthcare.
    3. Dr. Mudit Saxena,Group CEO,CARE Hospitals.
    4. Mr.Rupak Barua, Group CEO, AMRI Hospitals
    5. Dr.Harish Pillai,Chief Executive Officer, Aster Medcity.
    6. Mr.Hari Prasad Kovelamudi, President – Hospitals Division, Apollo Hospitals.

Indian of the Year – Healthcare

  1.  Mr. Malvinder Mohan Singh, Chairman, Fortis Healthcare Limited
    2.  Mr. Azad Moopen, Founder & Chairman, DM Healthcare.
    3.  Dr. B. S. Ajai Kumar, Founder Chairman, HealthCare Global (HCG)
    4.  Dr. Gurava Reddy, Chief joint Replacement Surgeon & Founder Chairman, Sunshine Hospitals.
    5.  Mr. Ashwin Naik, Ashoka India, Founder – Vaatsalya.
    6.  Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty , Chairman and Founder of Narayana Health

India’s Most Valuable Travel Destination Company

  1. Cox & Kings.
    2. SOTC.
    3. Thomas Cook.
    4. Kesari Tours & Travels
    5. Mercury Travels
    6. FCM Travel Solutions

India’s Most Valuable & Promising DTH Service Company 2017

  1. Tata Sky.
    2. Dish TV.
    3. Airtel Digital TV
    4. Videocon D2H.
    5. Sun Direct.
    6. Reliance Digital TV.

India’s Most Promising Fashion Designer 2017

  1. Ms. Asmita Marwa.
    2. Ms. Riya Kodali .
    3. Ms. Anavila mishra.
    4. Ms. Arpita Mehta.
    5. Ms. Tanieya khanuja.
    6. Ms. Anamika Pathak .

Indian Affairs Fashion Designer of the Year 2017

  1. Ms. Anushka Khanna.
    2. Ms. Sonaakshi Raaj.
    3. Ms. Priyadarshini Rao.
    4. Ms. Surily Goel.
    5. Ms. Masaba Gupta.
    6. Ms. Anamika Khanna.

India’s Most Valuable Jewelry Designer of the year 2017

  1. Ms. Asha Kamal Modi.
    2. Ms. Maheep Kapoor.
    3. Ms. Roopa Vohra.
    4. Ms. Nikki Arora Fine Jewellery.
    5. Dr. Preeti Jain, Jewels by Preeti.
    6. Ms. Riddhima Kapoor Sahni.

India’s Transformational Leader in Indian start-up ecosystem & Online Market Place

  1. Mr. Sandeep Agarwal, Founder, Shopclues & Droom.
    2. Mr. Kunal Bahl & Rohit Bansal, Co-Founders, Snapdeal.
    3. Mr. Binny Bansal, Sachin Bansal, Co-Founders, Flipkart
    4. Mr. Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder & CEO, PayTM.
    5. Mr. Venkatachalam Sthanu Subramani, Founder and CEO, JustDial
    6. Mr. Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-Founder & CEO, Olacabs.

Innovative Women Entrepreneur in Gem & Jewellery

1.Ms. Akanksha Arora, CEO, Amrapali Jewels.
2.Ms.Komal Parwani,Entrepreneur, Founder, Vihaan Jewels.
3.Ms.Puja Bansal,Founder, Myheera.com.
4.Ms.Bela Badhalia,Chairperson FLO,Jaipur Chapter 2013-14 & Director, Adbhut Jewels.
5.Ms.Neetu Singh,Founder & Ceo, Sini Jewels.
6.Ms.Neha Lulla, Founder, Neha Lulla Jewellery.

India’s Most Trusted & Transformational Real Estate Entrepreneur

1.Dr. K. V. Satish, Chairman & Founder of DS-MAX Properties Pvt Ltd.
2.Mr. Nayan Raheja,Chairmanr, Raheja Developers Pvt. Ltd.
3.Dr. S Vasudevan Chairman, Ozone Group.
4.Mr. Suhas Lunkad,Chairman & Managing Director at Rohan Group.
5.Mr. Bijay Kumar Agarwal,Managing Director at Salarpuria Sattva Group.
6. Vikas Oberoi – Chairman & Managing Director,Oberoi Realty Limited.

India’s Most Promising Innovative Woman Entrepreneur in Real Estate

1.Ms. Shweta Mishra, Managing Director, Shweta & Gita Constructions India Pvt.Ltd.
2.Ms. Roopa Saldanha,Managing Director, Stonebridge Estates.
3.Ms. Anita Arjundas, Managing Director & CEO, Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd.
4.Ms. Eshanya Karle,Director, Karle Infra Pvt. Ltd.
5.Ms. Luxmy Rajput,Executive Director & Co- Founder, Premia Projects Limited.
6.Ms. Soumya S. Reddy, Director, Saiven Developers Pvt Ltd.

Indian Affairs Innovative Woman leader in Natural Beauty Products

1.Ms. Mira Kulkarni, MD, Forest Essentials.
2.Dr. Neena Chopra, Founder, Just Herbs.
3.Ms. Crisy Vasan,Founder & CEO, TVAM Naturally yours.
4.Ms. Manisha Chopra Co-Founder-Director, SeaSoul.
5.Ms. Ms.Vinita Jain , Biotique.
6.Ms. Ragini Mehra, Founder , Beauty Source.

India’s Most Innovative & Trendsetting Interior Designer 2017

1.Ms. Lipika Sud,Director & Principal Designer,Lipika Sud Interiors Pvt. Ltd.
2.Ms. Anjum Jung,Founder & Managing Director, Morph Design Co.
3.Ms. Supraja Rao,Founder & Chief Designer,Design House.
4.Ms. Tanya Gyani, Founder,Tanya Gyani Interior Design.
5.Ms. Pooja & Arbaysis Ashley, Founders,The Ashleys.
6.Ms. Aditi Vora Nair,Founder & Design Director, AVN Interior Architects.

Indian Affairs Most Promising & Innovative Woman Leader in Spa & Wellness 2017

1.Ms.Sapna Moti Bhavnani, Founder & CEO, Mad O Wot.
2.Ms.Adhuna Akhtar, founder & CEO, BBlunt.
3.Ms.Sadiya Naseem,Founder & CEO, Glam Studios.
4.Dr.Vijayalakshmi Goodapati, Founder, Mirrors Salons & Academy.
5.Ms.Richa Agarwal,Founder & CEO, Cleopatra.
6.Ms.Veena Kumaravel, Founder at Naturals Beauty Salons.

Indian Affairs India’s Most Promising & Valuable IT Services & Solutions Enterprise 2017

1.Nous Infosystems.
2.Allied Digital Services Ltd.
3.Value Point Systems Pvt Ltd.
4.Take Solutions.
5.ESDS Software Solution.
6.ITC Infotech India Ltd .

 Indian Affairs Most Innovative & Visionary Entrepreneur 2017

1.Mr.Abhishek Khaitan ,Managing Director, Radico Khaitan Ltd.
2.Mr.Susir Kumar,Executive Chairman, Intelenet Global Services.
3.Mr.Arun Muchhala,Founder & Chairman,Arun Muchhala Group.
4.Mr.Gautam Hari Singhania, CMD, Raymond Limited.
5.Mr.Yogendra Kanodia – Chairman, Matix Group.
6.Mr.Kishore Chhabria, Chairman, Allied Blenders & Distillers.

 Indian Affairs Most Transformational Leader & Change Agent 2017

1.Mr.Umesh Revankar, CEO & M D, Shriram Transport Finance Co. Ltd.
2.Mr.Pradeep Hirani, Chairman, Kimaya Fashions Pvt Ltd.
3.Mr.Ashish Shah,CMD, Aarvee Denims & Exports Ltd.
4.Mr.Taher Shams,Managing Director, Zulekha Hospitals, UAE and Alexis Hospital, India.
5.Mr.Rajesh Sharma, CMD, Ion Exchange (India) Limited.
6.Mr.Arun Jain,CMD,Intellect Design Arena Ltd.

Indian Affairs Most Valuable Hospital in Patient Care 2017

1.Alexis Multi-Speciality Hospital.
2.MGM Hospitals. 
3.The Apex Group of Hospitals.
4.Sarvodaya Hospital & Research Centre.
5.SPARSH Hospital.
6.SevenHills Hospitals.

 Indian Affairs Innovative Leader in Mobile Business 2017 

1.Mr.Humayun Fiaz,Managing Director, Unilet Stores.
2.Mr.D.Sathish Babu,Founder, UniverCell.
3.Mr.Subhash Chandra L, Managing Director at Sangeetha Mobiles.
4.Mr.Uvaraj & Ms.Kanni Uvaraj, Poorvika Mobiles.
5.Mr.Memparala Balachandrudu, Director, BIG C Mobiles.
6.Mr.S.Rajkumar Sreenivasa Pai,Managing Director, Pai International Electronics Ltd.

 Indian Affairs Innovative CEO of the Year 2017 (Woman)

1.Ms.Taru Kapoor,Head, India at Tinder, Inc.
2.Ms.Avani Davda is the Managing Director of Godrej Nature’s Basket.
3.Ms.Sangeeta Pendurkar,Managing Director, Kellogg India Pvt Ltd.
4.Ms.Sonali Kulkarni, President & CEO, Fanuc India.
5.Ms.Alice G Vaidyan ,CMD,General Insurance Corporation of India.
6.Ms.Rekha M Menon,Chairman and Senior Managing Director – Accenture in India.

 Indian Affairs Dynamic Entrepreneur of the year 2017

1.Mr.Shiladitya Mukhopadhyaya, Co-Founder,  Rasilant Technologies.
2.Mr.Lokvir Kapoor, CEO & Co-Founder,Pine Labs.
3.Mr.Rubal Jain,Managing Director, Safexpress Pvt. Ltd.
4.Mr.Vinay Deshpande,Chairman & CEO,Encore Software Limited.
5.Dr.Ashley Mulamoottil,Mulamoottil Eye Hospital & Research Center.
6.Mr.Aniruddha Deshmukh,MD & CEO, Mafatlal Industries Ltd.

Indian Affairs Professional CEO of the year 2017

1.Mr.Hetal Kotak, CEO – Lee Cooper & aLL,Future Lifestyle Fashions Limited. 
2.Mr.Manoranjan ‘Mao’ Mohapatra, CEO & MD Mahindra Comviva. 
3.Mr.Darshan Mehta,President and CEO ,Reliance Brands. 
4.Mr.Rohan Vaziralli,Country Manager, Estee Lauder Companies India. 
5.Mr.Shital Mehta,CEO, Pantaloon Fashion Retail limited. 
6. Mr.Abhijit Pati,Chief Executive Officer- Aluminium Business, Vedanta Aluminium Ltd.

Entrepreneur of the year 2017

  1. Dr. Amit Sachdeva,CEO & MD,Axiss Dental.
    2.Mr.Nayan Shah,CEO & MD Mayfair Group
    3.Mr.Ravindran Govindan,Chairman,Mercatus Capital. 
    4.Mr.L.Vinay reddy,CMD,Lovable Lingerie Ltd. 
    5.Mr.D A Prasanna,Chairman & Founder at Ecron Acunova. 
    6.Mr.Sanjay Lalbhai,CMD, Arvind Ltd. 

Indian Affairs Digital Woman Entrepreneur of the year 2017

1.Ms.Rachel Goenka,CEO,The Sassy Spoon, Sassy Teaspoon and Baraza.  
2.Ms.Silky Kothari,Founder, NeXtime, Director- House of Clocks & Watches Pvt Ltd. 
3 Ms.Mahima Kaul,Co-Founder & Director, CoutLoot.
4.Ms.Karishma Bajaj,Owner, Red Blue & Yellow. 
5.Ms.Meera Mahadevia,MD, Meera Mahadevia. 
6.Ms.Dipshikha Chaliha,CEO & Director,Pizzaroma Food Pvt Ltd. 

Indian Affairs Digital Entrepreneur of the year 2017 ( Male)

1.Mr.Sumit Khandelwal,Manoj Agarwal,Abhishek Kumar,Kushal Agarwal Co-Founders, Xoxoday,
2.Mr.Adhil Shetty,CEO at BankBazaar.com.
3.Mr.Albinder Dhindsa, Saurabh Kumar,Co-Founders, Grofers. 
4.Mr.Shan Kadavil,CEO and Co-founder at Freshtohome. 
5.Mr.Sriharsha Majety,CEO, Swiggy. 
6.Mr.Peyush Bansal,CEO, lenskart.com. 

Indian Affairs Woman of Substance 2017

1.Ms.Kanika Tekriwal,CEO,JetSetGo Aviation Services Pvt Ltd. 
2.Ms.Swati (Dhawan) Bhargava,Co-Founder, CashKaro.com & Pouring Pounds Ltd. (278)
3.Ms.Ashwini Asokan,Co-founder, CEO,Mad Street Den & Mad Street Labs. 
4.Ms. Sadhana Somasekhar, CEO & MD, Platinum Infosystems
5.Ms.Tanvi Malik & Shivani Poddar,Co-Founders, FabAlley. 
6.Ms.Neha Kant,Founder & Director, Clovia Lingerie. 

Indian Affairs Innovative CEO of the year 2017 ( Male)

1.Mr.Krish Iyer,President & CEO, Walmart India Private Limited. 
2.Mr.Dinesh Chhabra,Chief Executive Officer at Usha international. 
3.Mr.Rohit Vig, Managing Director (India), Staywell Hospitality Group. 
4.Mr.Amit Agarwal,Vice President and Country Manager, Amazon India.
5 Mr.Vimal Singh,Managing Director,Golden Tulip Hospitality Group and Louvre Hotels.
6.Mr.Rahul Agarwal, Managing Director & CEO, Lenovo India. 

India’s Most Promising Enterprise in IT & Mobility Solutions Space 2017

1.IVY Mobility Solution Limited.
2.Prosares Solutions Pvt Ltd.
3.Max Mobility Pvt.Ltd.
4.Shezartech Pvt.Ltd.
5.Orient technologies Pvt Ltd.
6.Winjit Technologies Pvt Ltd.

India’s Most Valuable & Trusted Market Leader in E-Commerce by Customer Satisfaction 2017








Young Inspirational Gynecologist Dr Sargam Soni set to receive the prestigious Indian Affairs Young Gynaecologist Award 2017

Obstetrical and gynecological practices have grown exponentially over the past 200 years. There are very few Woman Gynecologists who at the initial stages in the career has dreamed of creating a world of smiling babies free from any succumb to the pressures of society. While the world changes at breakneck speed, philanthropy remains largely unchanged from a hundred years ago The identification of problems and the search for solutions tends to proceed in relative isolation, increasing the fragmentation, inefficiency, and inflexibility of many of today’s approaches to social change. Inspirational Young Woman Gynecologist Dr Sargam Soni today is a successful Gynecologist who has the fine blending of medical profession and social investing. Dr Sargam Soni is currently the Director  of Dr Sargam Soni’s Gynecology  & Diagnostics & founder  of DEV DAAN Charitable Foundation.

Dr Sargam Soni will be receiving the coveted recognitions in a glittering award night in mumbai on Friday,4th of August 2017 at Hotel Sahara Star & wil be attended by opinion leaders, social reformers, business tycoons, media experts, bloggers, celebrities, policy makers. Last year, Dr. Manjula Anagani, a pioneer in laparoscopic surgery and a Padma Shri awardee received the coveted recognition.

Dr Sargam Soni is an internationally acclaimed eminent Gynecologist based in the commercial capital of  Mumbai. She specializes in High Risk Pregnancies & Infertility treatment with a special interest in Cosmetic & Reconstructive Gynecology. She is also the Founder of DEV DAAN , the charitable foundation that takes care of approx 1400 kids (orphans, street kids) across Mumbai.Her foundation DEVDAAN is actively involved in the noble and beautiful cause of restoring vision to people by getting their Cataract surgeries with the best of lenses treated … many poor patients  Retinal vein occlusion, Retinal detachment, Knee replacements also have been taken care of surgeries under DEVDAAN….other surgeries done for free for non-affording patients are Hysterectomies. She has been deworming all the kids in her vision – street kids , orphans , affording or non-affording for free … last year under the slogan -” Healthy bones ,healthy babies”, her foundation DEVDAAN has supplemented VIT D to more than 1000 kids in just 5 days. Her foundation DEVDAAN is also actively involved in girl child education… DEVDAAN also takes care of their basic medical needs of kids. She imparts free treatment to transgender and physically/mentally challenged women at her center in borivli west. She is also the Face for Cervical Cancer Awareness & Women’s Wellness in Mumbai. She has been giving talks on Red Fm & Vividhbharti on women’s wellness. She has been invited to share her expertise and knowledge by various schools and colleges & Multinational companies like TCS, Bank of America , Crimson Interactive etc. Her articles have been published in renowned magazines FEMINA & COSMOPOLITAN. She has also been a wellness mentor on panel for FEMINA BRIDAL  issue 2015. She has won many accolades including Young Meritorious woman achiever , Mumbai 2014 & Young Woman of Substance 2015 for her contribution in the field of Medicine and her selfless service to the Society. Apart from her vast professional  expertise she is a fitness enthusiast & has her fitness videos posted on social media. She has also been winner of Beauty Pagents like Mumbai Model hunt 2004, Miss Kutch 2004.. She has modelled for brands like Bawree & Sia.. She is trained in the dance forms of Bharatnatyam , Kathak , Salsa & Bachata. She is also trained in classical and semiclassical singing from Jaipur Gharana by her father Late Pandit Devkrishna Soni. Full of Optimism , Dr Sargam Soni is the perfect & classic example of Beauty with Brains with a fantastic Heart & Soul to match.

India Leadership Conclave is india’s the Most definitive destination of leadership gatherings of the influential leaders of the country & abroad with a focus to continuously innovate & debate ideas that are complex & important. Over the last seven editions, India Leadership conclave has emerged not only as a leadership brand but also defied the age old practices of rules & traditions that are irrelevant, Indian Affairs, the flagship media brand of Network 7 Media Group  is hosting the high profile 8th Annual India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards, also known as ILC Power Brand in Mumbai on Friday,4th august 2017 at Hotel Sahara Star Mumbai, India in partnership with top govt agencies & apex trade bodies. More than 400 influential leaders of the country from politics to business, health to social & others have marked 4th august to attend. The conclave starts over a breakfast &  is debating on a powerful theme “Transformation” to be addressed by the business tycoons, rebel leaders, authors, social & healthcare reformers in recent times. The day long conclave will culminate on the much awaited annual award ceremony in a glittering award night where who’s & who’s of india would be present.

The most credible annual award ceremony being rated in asia as a top destination of assembly of powerful leaders from various fields. India Leadership Conclave & Awards, over the last seven years has emerged as a hub of leadership dialogue & dissemination of ideas. Maharashtra is the state partner of this year’s annual event under the theme “Transformation”. More than 400 thought leaders of the country will be present in full attendance like previous annual ceremonies. The last two years have seen remarkable changes in India’s development paradigm. We have set forth on the Transforming India journey, with coordinated efforts by all Ministries to change the lives of citizens. India is in the spotlight globally and domestically significant steps have been taken towards social and financial inclusion to ensure holistic development of all sections of the society. The Transforming India microsite is a repository for sharing the impact of various governance initiatives with citizens in real time. This community based platform facilitates two-way communication between the Government and its people. We look forward to your continuous engagement in this journey of Transforming India.


Inspiring Youth icon Sushmita Sen bags the prestigious “Eternal Beauty & Actress of the Decade” at India Leadership Conclave 2016

Inspiring Youth icon Sushmita Sen bags the prestigious “Eternal Beauty & Actress of the Decade” at India Leadership Conclave 2016

Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen recognized for her exceptional works in indian motion picture &  trendsetter as an inspiring youth icon, a role model for the aspiring beauty queens at 7th Annual Indian Affairs India Leadership Conclave 2016

Sushmita Sen, the top Indian bollywood actress & an inspiration to today’s modern women, Sushmita Sen was the first Indian Women to win the ‘Miss Universe’ title in 1994 and known as an actress who speaks her mind and is not afraid to live life on her own terms, entertained the world with the hit pictures such as  Sirf Tum and Biwi No 1, was recognised at the Indian Affairs ILC Power Brand Awards 2016 at the 7th Annual edition of India Leadership Conclave 2016 as “Eternal Beauty & Actress of the Decade”. Widely perceived by the thought leaders of the country as the ultimate & credible destination of leadership awards, the recognition of Sushmita Sen ranks the gorgeous & the former beauty queen Sushmita Sen in top achivier & brings yet another feather in the cap in her career as the actress posted the picture of the award trophy in the social media Twitter of being selected & awarded for the top honor.

sush tw


Announcing the name for the prestigious award, Satya Brahma, Chairman & Editor-In-Chief of Indian Affairs, said “Sushmita has made us proud not only as a Peace Ambassador of India but to the world, someone who brought India the much desired glory & fame when she was crowned the Miss Universe & sent a strong signal to the world. It is therefore, no exaggeration to say that, It was Sushmita who became the symbol of peace & a vibrant & strong voice to dominant issues that the country & the world are facing. She made history and has been a part of that historic phase when the inspirational youth icon & beautiful actress Sushmita Sen became mesmerized the audiance with her grace, peace & humanity. Again, Sushmita made history by adopting a baby girl named Renee in 2000 at the age of 25 & in 2010 she adopted a three-month-old girl and named her Alisah, something which is rare in today’s society. To me, she is the ultimate woman.The recognition signifies the remarkable accomplishments of Sushmita as an actress who defied all odds & became the darling of the nation”.

The past recipients of the award in the Bollywood segments includes Priyanka Chopra, Rani Mukerji, Anushka Sharma, Shraddha Kapoor, Film maker late Yash Chopra. The 2016 list also saw names of Super Star Govinda, Karishma kapoor, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Tina Ahuja, Fashion Designers Neeta Lulla & Namrata Joshipura, Jewellery designer Poonam Soni.

Sushmita was born in the Bengali-speaking Sen family on November 19, 1975 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. Her family consists of her dad, Shubeer, a former Indian Air Force Wing Commander; mom, Subhra, Jewelry Designer and owner of a Dubai-based store. She has two siblings, a sister named Neelam, who is married to Nauman Malik, and a brother named Rajeev. Subhra’s dad was a poet. She attended different schools in Jorhat, and Nagpur, but spend the majority of her schooling days in the Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute and Air Force Silver School in Delhi. She was regarded as a tomboy and spent most of her times with boys. Since the schools were Hindi medium, she could not speak English until she was 16 years of age. She subsequently not only mastered English, but became an English Honors student, and also obtained a degree in Journalism. Due to her place of birth she can speak Urdu flawlessly. Her first public appearance was at the Air Force Club Contest at the age of 15. She did a few fashion shows thereafter. Then during 1994 she decided to be a participant in Miss India beauty pageant, fully aware that she was being pitted against the reigning favorite, Aishwarya Rai. Sushmita took everyone by surprise when she was crowned Miss India while Aishwarya had to content with being the First Runner-up. Both beauties went on to win Miss Universe and Miss World titles respectively. Ironically the final outfit for Miss Universe for Sushmita was made by a little-known Meena Bazar tailor, and her mom.

Sushmita’s stunning win was an inspiration for other beauty queen aspirants. Soon after her win, India witnessed a sudden rise in beauty pageant winners; the green-eyed beauty Aishwarya Rai won the Miss World contest, followed by the likes of Diana Hayden (Miss World 1997), Yukta Mookhey (Miss World 1999), Lara Dutta (Miss Universe 2000), and Priyanka Chopra (Miss World 2000). As for Sen, immediately post her phenomenal win, a career in Bollywood beckoned this leggy star. She debuted on the big screen, in 1996, with the filmDastak. Although the film did not create ripples at the Box office, but Sushmita had made her presence felt.However, it was in the year 1999, in David Dhawan’s Biwi No 1, when she got a chance to act opposite Salman Khan, that Sen got noticed; she made the audience dance to the foot tapping number, Chunari Chunari. Sen’s height gave her impressive screen presence, which added to her beauty, and attractive personality. Her role in the film won her the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress award. Post Biwi No 1, a lull in her film career followed, with a series of films not faring too well.  A sizzling cameo song appearance in Fiza, with the popular Mehboob Mere somewhat kept her in the reckoning.But, then came the year 2004, when her career got a much-needed lease on life, with Farah Khan’s directorial venture,Main Hoon Na, opposite superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The film was a blockbuster at the box office, and still remainsSushmita Sen’s biggest hit.Playing the role of a chemistry teacher, Sushmita did full justice to her character. The 5 feet 7 inches tall, leggy lady, with her svelte figure, had the nation swooning with her sensuous dance moves in the chartbuster, Tumhe Jo Maine Dekha, along with co-star SRK. The chemistry between the duo was crackling. No wonder then, that the success of the film was inevitable.



Top Entrepreneurs in Business & Iconic Stars in Cinema shined at India Leadership Conclave 2016 ‘s ILC Power Brand Awards 2016

Top Entrepreneurs  in  Business & Iconic Stars in Cinema shined at India Leadership Conclave 2016 ‘s ILC Power Brand Awards 2016

India’s Global Ambitions Lie with Youth Power & Rural India & only sustainable growth with key Reforms will change the shape of indian economy stressed Satya Brahma at 7th Annual India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2016

 Nation’s top business leaders & leading faces of Bollywood were felicitated at the much awaited annual edition of Network 7 Media Group’s 7th Annual India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2016 where more than 350 leaders in business, startup india, E-Commerce, social philanthropy & Cinema were in record attendance on friday 1st Jyly 2016.. Advantage India, It is now or Never was the central theme that dominated the seminar proceedings at the first half of the Conclave that dominated the brain storming sessions. India’s Global Ambitions Lie with Youth Power & Rural India & only sustainable growth with key Reforms will change the shape of indian economy Satya Brahma, chairman & Editor-In-Chief of Network 7 Media Group in his opening address. “The change of guard at the central government with a thumping & historic mandate that brought Narendra Modi government at centre brought out key economic reforms & infused confidence to the people of india post the scam-ridden UPA Regimes that pushed india to  economic doldrums & grubby politics. The rise of india as a key state in world is visible as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attempt to popularize Brand India found a rousing response & unprecedented applause from the world leaders. The key grave areas such as Unemployment, Infrastructure, Manufacturing will continue to be challenging & historic reforms can only change the shape of India’s shape in world community” said Satya Brahma. Social Activist Mayank Gandhi in a rare interactive conversation with Satya Brahma stressed the need for Rural transformation with focus on agriculture, education & healthcare. Frustrated with political brinkmanship & cheap politics, the face of Aam Aadmi Party in Maharashtra & a former key member of national executive in aam aadmi party, Ganhi said ” One can lead the ways & change the system through social activism. Sandeep Agarwal, Founder of Shopclues & Droom delivered an inspiring presentation on “Booming Indian Start up Industry – Challenges & Opportunities’ & stressed that days of prosperity & E-Commerce boom is only p[possible through sustainable reforms & key legislations to boost startup India. Sandeep complimented the initiatives of the Modi Government & focused that growth of a systemic reforms, key legislations will further the growth of the e-commerce sector in india.Shriram Vijayakumar, CEO & MD,DaVita India presented key issues in  Healthcare Delivery in India’s Missed Opportunities & Promising Future.


The Highlight of the Conclave were three brain storming panel discussions, The first Panel discussion on Disruptive Cashless Innovations in India : India’s Emerging Digital Payment Markets had top names in e-commerce field such as Mr.Probir Roy, Co- Founder & CEO, Paymate, Mr. Sandeep Agrawal, CEO & Founder, ShopClues & Droom, Mr. Anirban Poddar,Founder & CEO, ShopHop & Mr.Sudarshan Purohit,CEO & Founder,Zenify.in. Leading women entrepreneurs of india’s e-commerce space captivated the debate & were in agreement that innovation & creativity will be the key factors in success. Ms. Sanna Vohra, Founder & CEO, The Wedding Brigade, Ms.Kiran Bawa, CEO & MD, IOSIS Wellness & Spa, Ms.Suchi Pandya, CEO & Co-Founder, Pipa+Bela, Ms.Arpita Ganesh, Founder & CEO,Buttercups Bras Pvt. Ltd, Ms.Shivaarti Bajaj,Founder & CEO, Go Parties, Ms.Nilisha Bhimani, Founder & CEO,Stay Fabulous, Ms.Gunjan Soni, CMO & Head of International Brands, Myntra  & Ms.Minnat Lalpuria Rao,Founder & CEO,7Vachan were part of the debate. Politics, Economic Development and Social Change in India panel debate had leading faces of recent times such as Ms.Nisha JamVwal, Celebrity Columnist & Luxury Brand Consultant, Dr. Debraj Shome, Facial Plastic Surgeon, Mr. Mayank Gandhi, Social Activist,Ms. Kunickaa Sadanand, Actor, Producer & Social Activist Ms. Kanika Mishra, Cartoonist & Huzaifa Khorakiwal of Wockhardt.

Top Entrepreneurs  in  Business & Iconic Stars in Cinema shined at India Leadership Conclave 2016 ‘s ILC Power Brand Awards 2016. The much awaited 7th Annual India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2016 were presented to top leaders of the country. Dr. Lalit S. Kanodia, the founder and Chairman of Datamatics Group of Companies & Mrs. Sandra Rajnikant Shroff of United Phosphorus Limited were the Chief Guest of the Program & felicitated the awards to the winners.

Here are the complete list of Award Winners :


Voting Category


Indian Affairs Jewellery Designer of Innovations Creativity 2016

Ms.Poonam Soni

Business Woman of the year 2016

Ms.Devita Saraf

Founder, CEO and Design Head, Vu Televisions

Indian Affairs Most Valuable Luxury Hotel by Customer Experience

The Chancery Pavilion

Indian Affairs Most Promising & Valuable Luxury Smart TV

Vu Technologies

Indian Affairs New Age Woman in Innovations & Creativity 2016

Ms.Nina Lekhi,Founder & CEO, Baggit

Indian Affairs Impact Innovations in Interior Designing 2016

Ms.Sabnam Gupta, Founder, The Orange Lane

Indian Affairs CEO of the year 2016

Mr. Shshank Joshi,CEO & Managing Director,My Mobile Payments Limited

Indian Affairs Most Valuable & Trusted Mobile Wallet 2016

Money on Mobile

Innovative Woman CEO of the year 2016

Ms.Reshma Merchant & Ms. Priyanka Kaul Lakdawala,Co-Founder,House of Milk

Innovative Woman CEO of the year 2016

Ms. Deepika Arora, Regional Vice President (Eurasia),Wyndham Hotel Group

Indian Affairs Infrastructure Company of the year 2016

SMS Limited

Indian Affairs Dynamic Women Entrepreneur of the year 2016

Ms.Kiran Bawa, CEO & MD,Iosis Wellness & Spa

Indian Affairs Indian Affairs Innovative Leader in Digital Entrepreneurship ( Male)

Mr.Sandeep Agarwal,Founder & CEO,ShopClues & Droom.

Indian Affairs Innovative Leader in Digital Entrepreneurship ( Female)

Ms. Shuchi Pandya,CEO & Co-Founder, Pipa + Bella

Indian Affairs Dynamic Entrepreneur of the Year Male 2016

Mr.Naveen Raju,Executive Director,Chancery Pavilion.

Indian Affairs Indian of the Year 2016 – Medicine (Obs and Gynae)

Dr.Manjula Anagani,Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician, Maxcure Hospitals

Indian Affairs PR Woman of the year 2016

Ms.Valerie Pinto,CEO, Weber Shandwick India

Indian Affairs Most Preferred Employer  & Great IT Workplace Company 2016

Datamatics Global Services Limited

Indian Affairs Jewellery power brand of the year 2016

PC Jeweller Ltd

Indian Affairs E-Commerce Power Brand of the year 2016



Indian Affairs impact award for fitness & wellness 2016

Ms.Shubi Husain,Founder & CEO,Health Sanctuary P Ltd

Ms.Tripti Gupta,Founder – iPink

Indian Affairs Fashion Designer of the Decade

Ms.Neeta Lulla


Individual Jury Category


Indian Affairs Most Promising Company in Wellness & Spa Innovation 2016

IOSIS Spa & Wellness Pvt.Ltd

Transformational Business Leader of the year 2016

Mr.Anand Shaktikumar Sancheti,Managing Director, SMS Limited

Actor of the Decade ( Male)


Actress of the Decade ( Female)

Ms.Karishma Kapoor

Film Maker of The Decade

Mr.Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Indian Affairs Best Managed sustainable water use and management NGO 2016

Fulora Foundation

India’s Most Promising Face in Jewellery Designing 2016

Ms.Pallavi Foley

Outstanding Contribution to Yoga Practice & Counseling

Ms.Shelly Khera,CEO & Founder, Slim Sutra

Emerging Talent & Debut Actress of Indian Cinema 2016

Tina Ahuja

Indian Affairs India’s Most Promising Yoga & Nutritionist Expert 2016

Eefa Sharof

Indian Affairs millennium business leader in homeopathy medicine 2016

Dr.Mukesh Batra, Chairman, Dr.Batras

Peace Leader of the year  2016

Dr.Huzaifa Khorakiwala,CEO,Wockhardt Foundation

New Age Woman Leader in Wedding Planning 2016

Ms. Saana Vohra,Founder & CEO,The Wedding Brigade

Jury’s Choice for Best Acne Treatment Product 2016

Accura  (Adriot Biomed Limited)

India’s Most Promising Fashion Designer 2016 

Namrata Joshipura

Game Changer Entrepreneur of the year 2016

Mr. Ashish Goel, Founder & CEO, Urban Ladder.

Eternal Beauty & Actress of the Decade

Sushimita Sen

Jury’s Choice for Best Columnist Award 2016

Ms. Nisha Jamvwal


About India Leadership Conclave & Awards

Rated by Experts & widely acclaimed by thought leaders, India Leadership Conclave Annual Affair is just not a leadership forum, it symbolizes the hopes & aspirations of the billion people reflected by the speakers at the forum over the last five editions. “ILC POWER BRANDS”has  been rated in Asia as the most credible & coveted Awards developed by Network 7 Media Group consisting of eminent jury members of the different verticals of the society &  is conferred to the Individuals & Companies in its annual meet at the Indian affairs India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards. since the institutionalization of the Business Leadership Awards in 2010, India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards has been India’s most awaited &Asia’s most respected set of Awards conferred to Companies & Individuals who have made their mark through their remarkable performances despite all odds & has made India Proud!. Since the last five successful years, the platform has recognized, felicitated more than 300 fortune 500 Companies & towering captains & Leaders of the Country. Widely perceived by Asia as a centre point of discussion, India Leadership Conclave platform too has witnessed deliberation by top business tycoons, politicians, Bureaucrats, Social Reformers etc. Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards also known as ILC power Brands are set of credible, prestigious awards developed by the eminent Juries & bestowed to the deserving Leaders & Enterprises after a through screening of their landmark achievements for their significant accomplishments in their own fields who have performed under tough conditions imbibing innovation in their business approach. Indian is known in the industry to break rules & give prominence to the hidden talents, big or small as we believe that top leaders should not always be given importance. It is mix of experience, innovation & risk taking abilities that drive our nomination process. The prestigious & coveted Awards were presented in a glittering award ceremony with a full house power packed audience to felicitate &honour the Leaders who made india proud, each time they performed in their field, Indian Affairs watched them closely & did not let it pass as their name appeared as top contenders & were put to public votings& are declared winners

Since its inception in 2000, India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards also known as ILC POWER BRAND is asia’s most eagerly awaited prestigious meeting points where leaders across the society gather to speak, set the agenda into motion. Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton, Ratan Tata, Yash Chopra, Shobhaa De are among the very few names associated with the title. Historically the past editions has been high voltage debate-centric & are successfully organized with the media & analysts describing the multi-faceted significance of the event.

At India Leadership Conclave’s ILC Power Brand Awards are the most awaited, credible & prestigious titles conferred to top performers & achievers for bringing a transformational changes in their respective fields while others could not dare to risk & venture into. Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards also repackaged as ILC Power Brands signifies the importance of a winner whose persistent initiatives in making a change in style, approach & leadership are recognized by the eminent jury members of the Network 7 Media Group. While individual accomplishments in innovation, leadership drive & sustained campaign has driven & impressed the voters in india to chose the top leaders, corporate houses, social organizations, educational institutions & public service firms are selected based on a meticulous selection process & methodology involving the stakeholders, public at large & industry experts. The real thrust is focused on abilities to stay unafraid amidst the uncertain times & unleashing the challenges to make india proud. Indian Affairs Award Winners are those leaders who have a story to tell you of their road to success.


Prime Minister Modi’s Big FDI push, what it means?

t is now the world’s fastest growing large economy. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that India surpassed China’s domestic growth last year for the first time and will expand 7.4 percent this year compared with China’s 6.5 percent. By 2018, the IMF predicts that gap will widen as Indian expansion hits 7.6 percent while China slows to 6 percent. (The other two large emerging markets — Brazil and Russia — are struggling with less than 1 percent annual growth predicted through 2020.)

India has a young, hard-working labor force with favorable demographics — its average age is 27 compared with China’s 37, our 38, Europe’s 43 and Japan’s 46. Last year, world No. 1 China’s population was 1.37 billion, 90 million more than runner-up India’s 1.28 billion.

Given India’s annual population growth of 1.41 percent compared to China’s 0.51 percent, it be the world’s largest country by 2030.

At least a decade or more behind China, “India’s consumption lifecycle is still in its infancy, and there is massive potential to grow rapidly. Also on track is the revival of the manufacturing sector, which would support sustainable growth and job creation.” (EGA Investment Strategy Commentary, April 2016, p. 1).

India lags far behind China because it wasted nearly 50 years after gaining independence from Great Britain in 1946. Its first leader after independence, Jawaharial Nehru, and later, his daughter Indira Gandhi, were committed socialists who supported tariffs to limit foreign trade. It wasn’t until the mid 1990s that India began to open up its economy. The Chinese began their switch to promoting capitalistic growth much earlier, in 1979.

However, India did not have a leader committed to cutting government regulations and reducing its deficit until Modi was elected prime minister two years ago. His overwhelming win propelled the top India 50 stock ETF (PIN) to a 33 percent gain in 2014, However, Modi has struggled to overcome the entrenched Indian bureaucracy and political opposition in Parliament. Last year, India’s top 50 stocks lost 8 percent and have only gained 1 percent this year through May 31.

Amazon has invested $2 billion in India and just announced it would commit $3 billion more to expand its presence there. Indian consumers are just beginning to embrace internet shopping. The World Bank estimates that Indian online retail sales will grow from $6 billion last year to $70 billion by 2020.

The robust headline number, despite faltering private investment, weak capital goods growth and shrinking exports, has reinforced expectations that the RBI would keep its policy rate on hold at its next quarterly review next Tuesday. The central bank has already cut its policy repo rate by 150 basis points since January 2015, reducing it to 6.5 per cent — the lowest level in more than five years.

The strong 7.9 per cent growth in the fourth quarter comes at a time when China has reported a 6.7 per cent in the March quarter — its slowest growth in about seven years.India’s poor infrastructure has limited the growth of manufacturing and value-added agriculture. Its 2016-2017 government budget projects a huge 22.5 percent spending increase on total infrastructure investment. (Almost all U.S. economists support significant increased government infrastructure spending, but, as usual, the Washington politicians can’t agree.).

Investing in India is high-risk but provides excellent diversification away from the U.S. market. I have owned two excellent no-load India funds for more than two years — Matthews India (MINDX, 800-789-2742) and the higher-risk, smaller-company-oriented Wasatch Emerging India (WAINX, 800-551-1700).


With India now acknowledged as the fastest growing large economy in the world and also edging up in the World Bank’s ease of doing business rankings, the time is ripe for the country to open its doors wider to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). This is exactly what the Centre has done by raising FDI caps in some sectors (airlines from 49 to 100 per cent), sweeping others entirely into the automatic route (cable TV, brownfield airports) and diluting preconditions for sectors with restrictions (relaxation of sourcing norms in single-brand retail and technology norms for defence). FDI is stickier and more resilient to business cycles than mercurial Foreign Portfolio Investor (FPI) flows. At a time when the private sector has a limited appetite to invest and when the government is tied down by fiscal constraints, India needs to seek out foreign capital to keep its growth engines purring. That foreign investors are interested in India is evident: there has been a 23 per cent surge in inbound FDI, which touched a record $55.5 billion in 2015-16.


Even so, it is simplistic to assume that merely opening up more sectors or setting more liberal equity caps will have foreign investors queuing up to invest. India’s experience suggests that actual investment interest in the newly liberalised sectors will be tied to three factors. One, foreign investors, like domestic ones, are ROI (Return on Investment) focussed. Therefore, sectors that are already witnessing booming consumer demand — such as DTH television, airlines and pharmaceuticals — are more likely to attract quick investment flows than those that are in need of bailouts (asset reconstruction firms) or entail long gestation periods (airports or defence). Two, even if the Centre is willing to reduce initial entry barriers, frequent market or pricing interventions can deter investors. The Centre seems to have recognised this in watering down the sourcing norms for FDI in single-brand retail. But its attempts to woo FDI into pharma may be stymied by increasing price controls and the lack of clarity in the policy on essential drugs. Three, the experience with sectors such as insurance suggests that foreign investors committing long-term capital expect to exercise control over the entities they fund. Overall, there is no disputing that the FDI relaxations, irrespective of whether they were timed to signal the Centre’s commitment to reforms in the face of RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan’s exit in September, are a step in the right direction. But as we have learnt from the past, the devil is usually in the detail.

While the economy is still hampered by the country’s infrastructure deficiencies and sprawling bureaucracy, the changes represent a greater shift away from the socialist and protectionist policies of India’s modern post-independence history. The new rules will allow foreign investors to establish 100 percent ownership in companies involved in defense, civil aviation and food products, although with government approval.

Foreign investors will also be permitted to buy up to 74 percent of Indian pharmaceutical companies without seeking government approval. The government similarly relaxed regulations that had made it difficult for companies like Apple and Ikea to establish retail operations in India.

The election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014 was widely expected to lead to more market-friendly policies, which he had championed in his years as the chief minister of the state of Gujarat.

The delay in bringing them about had led to widespread criticism that Mr. Modi was not moving fast enough to stimulate the economy.India’s latest reports on job creation may have tipped the scales in favor of further economic liberalization, some experts said. Domestic data showed weak employment numbers in the last quarter of 2015 in jewelry, automobiles and information technology, compared with a year earlier.

The timing of his announcement was almost certainly aimed at reassuring international markets. The rules were rolled out just two days after the surprise resignation of the widely respected chairman of the central bank, Raghuram G. Rajan, whose departure has prompted uncertainty about the government’s reform plans.”Modi needed to send some signals to show government is bringing in economic reforms and they will happen with or without Rajan,” said Harsh V. Pant, a professor of international relations at King’s College in London. “The government is trying to recapture its mojo on the economic front.”

Mr. Rajan, a popular figure among foreign investors, had enhanced India’s standing in international markets. But he had become controversial domestically, in part because of his crackdown on the debt-strapped banking industry and because critics wanted him to lower interest rates faster to stimulate domestic growth. His announcement that he would leave his job as governor of the central bank implied that he was moved at least in part by the preferences of the government of Mr. Modi.

India began life as an independent country in 1947 with a heavily controlled, protectionist economy. It changed course in 1991 when a balance-of-payments crisis forced the government to loosen its controls on industry and reduce barriers to imports, among other things.

Those changes are credited with spurring India’s transformation into the fastest-growing large economy in the world. But its growth rate of 7.6 percent is too slow to provide jobs for the one million people entering the work force each month. The previous government, and Mr. Modi’s, had promised further liberalization.

Mr. Modi has struggled to enact the major changes he promised, such as making it easier for companies to acquire land, because his party does not control the upper house of Parliament. Monday’s policy shifts required only the approval of his top administration.

The latest changes in foreign direct investment (FDI) norms in India have made entry and control of foreign investors in a lot of sectors easier. Defence and civil aviation have been opened to 100% FDI under the government approval route (the FDI limit was 49% in airlines before). Many other sectors have been allowed 100% (or near 100%) FDI with government approval or through the automatic approval route. These include animal husbandry, trading of food products produced in India (including through e-commerce), private security services and broadcasting carriage services (such as DTH, cable networks and mobile TV). Up to 74% FDI (against the previous 49%) in brownfield pharmaceutical industry projects will no longer require government approval. Brownfield airports too have been brought under the automatic approval route.

The condition of access to state-of-the-art technology in India has been removed in defence. In addition, for single-brand retail trading companies undertaking business with state-of-the-art technology, the restriction of sourcing up to a certain percentage of inputs locally has been totally relaxed for three years, followed by a partial relaxation for another five years – a favour granted apparently on Apple’s appeal.

The stated objective of 100% FDI and other relaxations is to promote employment and improve infrastructure, along with greater FDI inflows and the ease of doing business in India. An official statement said that with most sectors coming under the automatic approval route, India is now the most open economy in the world for FDI.

Why this move will hurt India’s interests

While the latest FDI policy change will certainly boost FDI inflows and increase the ease of doing business in India, it is doubtful whether it will promote other more important socio-economic objectives. On the contrary, it might hurt them. Here are some of the major impacts.

Domestic economy, employment and economic security of people: Rather than promoting employment, these FDI relaxations might accelerate the ongoing trend of jobless growth and rising inequality. With 100% FDI owned commercial entities, a much greater share of returns on investments will go outside India, decided based on business preferences of foreign owners. Therefore, multiplier effects of financial returns on the economy and employment will be limited. Relaxation of local sourcing restrictions will further add to the dampening of multiplier effects.

Infrastructure: It is inexplicable why infrastructure cannot be improved without FDI relaxation. India’s infrastructure in major sectors including civil aviation and broadcasting services has already been witnessing substantial investments, growth and modernisation. There are several Indian firms, both public and private, which have demonstrated a long experience of building facilities and networks with modern technology and systems, through either sole ownership or joint ventures. In infrastructure requiring the latest technology, growth could easily have continued through joint venture mechanisms.

Agricultural economy and families dependent on it: Hundred percent FDI in animal husbandry, retail and trading of food products might lead to greater consolidation and control of farmland and other agricultural assets in the hands of large corporations. This will make a majority of small farmers and farm-dependent families more vulnerable and accelerate distress migration to cities. Alternately, the policy change should have been directed at improving economic security and technological skills of small farmers and farmers’ cooperatives.

Small manufacturing and services industries: Relaxation of local sourcing norms for state-of-the-art technology based retail trading companies will subdue opportunities for suppliers to increase their business and upgrade technology skills. Small industries, most of which are suppliers to larger firms, constitute an overwhelming majority of India’s industrial base. A policy that goes against their interest is therefore detrimental to the ‘Make in India’ agenda.

Manufacturing and services industries where Indian firms have already demonstrated near world-class competence: There are industries where some Indian firms have proven high competency in technology and management. These include existing parts suppliers in the defence industry. They also include parts suppliers in the automotive industry, several of whom have the ability to upgrade and potentially supply to defence and civil aviation sectors. Additionally, raw material as well as finished product manufacturers in pharmaceuticals and a lot of retail industries have vast experience of selling high quality products and services. Airlines services and airport projects in India too have established domestic players with track records of efficient and high quality performance in services and projects involving complex operations and technology. Similarly, there are routine service industries, such as private security, that have witnessed the emergence of domestic firms with professional work standards and management systems. And there is reasonable domestic competition in these industries. The Indian pharmaceutical industry is known for reverse engineering, efficient operations and technological skills and is a major supplier of affordable medicines to many third world countries. In this scenario, what substantial benefit will 100% FDI bring? Instead, the effort should be to equip well-performing domestic firms to become globally competitive and increase their exports. That will boost the economy and employment, and upgrade technological skills.

Domestic R&D and manufacturing capability in state-of-the-art technology areas: Removal of the condition of access to state-of-the-art technology in India in the defence sector and waiver of the minimum local sourcing condition in single-brand retail with state-of-the-art technology has directly hurt the opportunities for building those higher-end capabilities among Indian industries and entrepreneurs. Rather than allowing foreign companies to bypass domestic suppliers while doing business in India, they must be asked to integrate domestic manufacturers and service providers within their supply chains so that they contribute directly to building India’s economy as well as technological competence. Achieving higher value and creating capability through technology and innovation must be as important a goal for India’s economy as universal employment generation. Unfortunately, both have been side-stepped.

FDI should support and be subservient to, rather than dictate, socio-economic development

A deeper concern is that our developmental priorities, as reflected in drastic FDI relaxations, appear fundamentally misplaced. While ‘ease of doing business’ is a desirable thing, in India’s case it is being promoted at the expense of other more important national objectives such as employment; survival and skill upgradation of agricultural and small manufacturing economies and families dependent on them; expanding on existing domestic capacities in those industries where Indian firms have already demonstrated competence; and development of domestic R&D and manufacturing capability in state-of-the-art technology areas. FDI should be subservient to, and support, these more important socio-economic goals. The ongoing development policy, by promoting FDI at the expense of these goals, is in fact really not for development.

By and large, democracies with high income and low social strife are the ones which have opened their economies to foreign capital in a major way only after achieving a reasonable degree of domestic economic stability, industrial technological competence and overall prosperity. Opening a large economy to foreign investments without either adequate checks or having a strong domestic economy of suppliers, markets and technological capability is akin to fattening a person by injecting drugs. It is a short cut to growth, but one which will yield an economy that is inherently weak and vulnerable. It is also likely to produce a society beset with economic fault-lines that constantly trigger social conflicts – a phenomenon that might intensify beyond the levels we have witnessed in the past.


India Leadership Conclave 2016 top focus Women Empowerment!

Gender inequality may have reduced the country’s economic growth, poor infrastructure, corruption, antiquated labor laws – may become easier to tackle than pervasive gender inequality

Imagine a country where the most powerful political figure, two billionaires ,three of the most dominant regional politicians, several prominent CEOs, andhalf of local government representatives are women. Now imagine that, in that same country, one-third of adult women are illiterate, spousal rape is not illegal, and sex-selective abortion and female infanticide are still widely practiced.
It may be hard to reconcile these two realities, but modern India somehow manages to be, at the same time, the land of Indira Gandhi and Mother Theresa and of child brides and dowry deaths.

There are, of course, strong normative and humanitarian reasons to guarantee full gender equality and sufficient legal protection for women in India, as elsewhere. But the economic and political consequences – the material costs – of gender discrimination are often overlooked.

Women thus constitute just a quarter of India’s 473 million strong workforce, although as the journalist Rupa Subramanya notes, that does not count the substantial, if immeasurable, contributions they make in the domestic realm. True parity in terms of employment – the addition of about 203 million women to the Indian workforce, given sufficient demand for such labor – would boost the economy by roughly $900 billion, assuming consistent levels of productivity. Under those circumstances, India’s average annual growth over the past decade could have been 11.6 percent instead of 7.7 percent. Women’s inequality may, in other words, have cost India’s economy almost 4 percent of annual growth over the past 10 years.


The consequences have been immense. Naturally, the most important result of a divergent outcome would have been the enormous social and economic benefits for over a half billion women. India’s evolution into a middle-income country could also have been more easily assured. Politically, this would also have granted India much more international leverage: it would have become a more attractive destination for global investment, and comparisons with China’s magnificent growth would perhaps have seemed less far-fetched.
Beyond cultural norms and the absence of mandated family planning, a few factors have contributed to India’s inability to increase women’s employment. While the country has made admirable gains in improving some aspects of welfare – life expectancy, for example, has risen dramatically – and may even beahead of the curve in terms of women’s political empowerment, education remains a challenge.
The ratio of female to male enrollment in primary education is effectively equal, and females constitute some 48 percent of secondary school students. However, in terms of higher education, the numbers diverge sharply: just 42 percent of Indian college students are female. Education, along with fertility, has a direct impact on changing cultural norms. Women are also disproportionally disadvantaged by a lack of opportunity in the manufacturing sector, with the vast majority still employed in agricultural pursuits. And India’s labor laws protect existing workers -primarily men – at the expense of aspiring ones, which include most women. Manish Sabharwal, an Indian human resource entrepreneur, says that this may explain why an estimated 97 percent of working women have jobs in the informal sector.
The government has taken some well-meaning, if controversial, steps to advance the positions of women, such as the recent decision to develop an all-women’s bank. But to really overcome gender inequality, India will require changes to its society that are more than cosmetic.


Prime Minister Modi scripts History in US, says India & US have the advantage to be the strong global Leaders!

Mr. Speaker,
Mr. Vice President,
Distinguished Members of the U.S. Congress
Ladies and Gentlemen.

I am deeply honoured by the invitation to address this Joint Meeting of the U.S. Congress.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker for opening the doors of this magnificent Capitol.

This temple of democracy has encouraged and empowered other democracies the world over.

It manifests the spirit of this great nation, which in Abraham Lincoln’s words, “was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

In granting me this opportunity, you have honoured the world’s largest democracy and its 1.25 billion people.

As a representative of world’s largest democracy, it is indeed a privilege to speak to the leaders of its oldest.

Mr. Speaker,

Two days ago, I began my visit by going to the Arlington National Cemetery -the final resting place of many brave soldiers of this great land.

I honoured their courage and sacrifice for the ideals of freedom and democracy.

It was also the seventy-second Anniversary of the D-Day.

On that day, thousands from this great country fought to protect the torch of liberty on the remote shores of a land that they did not know.

They sacrificed their lives so that the world lives in freedom.

I applaud …India applauds, the great sacrifices of the men and women from ‘The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave’ in service of mankind.

India knows what this means because our soldiers too have fallen in distant battlefields for the same ideals.

That is why the threads of freedom and liberty form a strong bond between our two democracies.

Mr. Speaker,

Our nations may have been shaped by differing histories, cultures, and faiths.

Yet, our belief in democracy for our nations and liberty for our countrymen is common.

The idea that all citizens are created equal is a central pillar of the American constitution.

Our founding fathers too shared the same belief and sought individual liberty for every citizen of India.

There were many who doubted India when, as a newly independent nation, we reposed our faith in democracy.

Indeed, wagers were made on our failure.

But, the people of India did not waver.

Our founders created a modern nation with freedom, democracy, and equality as the essence of its soul.

And, in doing so, they ensured that we continued to celebrate our age old diversity.

Today, across its streets and institutions, in its villages and cities, anchored in equal respect for all faiths; and in the melody of hundreds of its languages and dialects.

India lives as one; India grows as one; India celebrates as one.

Mr. Speaker,

Modern India is in its 70th year.

For my government, the Constitution is its real holy book.

And, in that holy book, freedom of faith, speech and franchise, and equality of all citizens, regardless of background, are enshrined as fundamental rights.

800 million of my countrymen may exercise the freedom of franchise once every five years.

But, all the 1.25 billion of our citizens have freedom from fear, a freedom they exercise every moment of their lives.

Distinguished Members,

Engagement between our democracies has been visible in the manner in which our thinkers impacted one another, and shaped the course of our societies.

Thoreau’s idea of civil disobedience influenced our political thoughts.

And, similarly the call by the great sage of India Swami Vivekananda to embrace humanity was most famously delivered in Chicago.

Gandhi’s non-violence inspired the heroism of Martin Luther King.

Today, a mere distance of 3 miles separates the Martin Luther King memorial at Tidal Basin from the statue of Gandhi at Massachusetts Avenue.

This proximity of their memorials in Washington mirrors the closeness of ideals and values they believed in.

The genius of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was nurtured in the years he spent at the Columbia University a century ago.

The impact of the U.S. constitution on him was reflected in his drafting of the Indian constitution some three decades later.

Our independence was ignited by the same idealism that fuelled your struggle for freedom.

No wonder then that former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee called India and the U.S. ‘natural allies’.

No wonder that the shared ideals and common philosophy of freedom shaped the bedrock of our ties.

No wonder then, that President Obama has called our ties the defining partnership of the 21st century.

Mr. Speaker,

More than fifteen years ago, Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee stood here and gave a call to step out of the ‘shadow of hesitation’ of the past.

The pages of our friendship since then tell a remarkable story.

Today, our relationship has overcome the hesitations of history.

Comfort, candour and convergence define our conversations.

Through the cycle of elections and transitions of Administrations the intensity of our engagements has only grown.

And, in this exciting journey, the U.S. Congress has acted as its compass.

You helped us turn barriers into bridges of partnership.

In the fall of 2008, when the Congress passed the India-U.S. Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement, it changed the very colours of leaves of our relationship.

We thank you for being there when the partnership needed you the most.

You have also stood by us in times of sorrow.

India will never forget the solidarity shown by the U.S. Congress when terrorists from across our border attacked Mumbai in November of 2008.

And for this, we are grateful.

Mr. Speaker,

I am informed that the working of the U.S. Congress is harmonious.

I am also told that you are well-known for your bipartisanship.

Well, you are not alone.

Time and again, I have also witnessed a similar spirit in the Indian Parliament, especially in our Upper House.

So, as you can see, we have many shared practices.

Mr. Speaker,

As this country knows well, every journey has its pioneers.

Very early on, they shaped a development partnership even when the meeting ground was more limited.

The genius of Norman Borlaug brought the Green Revolution and food security to India.

The excellence of the American Universities nurtured Institutes of Technology and Management in India.

And, I could go on.

Fast forward to today.

The embrace of our partnership extends to the entirety of human endeavour-from the depths of the oceans to the vastness of the space.

Our S&T collaboration continues to helps us in cracking the age-old problems in the fields of public health, education, food, and agriculture.

Ties of commerce and investment are flourishing. We trade more with the U.S. than with any other nation.

And, the flow of goods, services and capital between us generates jobs in both our societies.

As in trade, so in defence. India exercises with the United States more than we do with any other partner. Defence purchases have moved from almost zero to ten billion dollars in less than a decade.

Our cooperation also secures our cities and citizens from terrorists, and protects our critical infrastructure from cyber threats.

Civil Nuclear Cooperation, as I told President Obama yesterday, is a reality.

Mr. Speaker,

Our people to people links are strong; and there is close cultural connect between our societies.

SIRI tells us that India’s ancient heritage of Yoga has over 30 million practitioners in the U.S..

It is estimated that more Americans bend for yoga than to throw a curve ball.

And, no Mr. Speaker, we have not yet claimed intellectual property right on Yoga.

Connecting our two nations is also a unique and dynamic bridge of three million Indian Americans.

Today, they are among your best CEOs; academics; astronauts; scientists; economists; doctors; even spelling bee champions.

They are your strength. They are also the pride of India. They symbolize the best of both our societies.

Mr. Speaker,

My understanding of your great country began long before I entered public office.

Long before assuming office, I travelled coast to coast, covering more than 25 States of America.

I realized then that the real strength of the U.S. was in the dreams of its people and the boldness of their ambitions.

Today, Mr. Speaker, a similar spirit animates India.

Our 800 million youth, especially, are particularly impatient.

India is undergoing a profound social and economic change.

A billion of its citizens are already politically empowered.

My dream is to economically empower them through many social and economic transformations.

And, do so by 2022, the seventy-fifth anniversary of India’s independence.

My to-do list is long and ambitious. But you will understand.

It includes:

· A vibrant rural economy with robust farm sector;

· A roof over each head and electricity to all households;

· To skill millions of our youth;

· Build 100 smart cities;

· Have a broad band for a billion, and connect our villages to the digital world;

· And create a twenty-first century rail, road and port infrastructure.

These are not just aspirations; they are goals to be reached in a finite time-frame.

And, to be achieved with a light carbon foot print, with greater emphasis on renewables.

Mr. Speaker,

In every sector of India’s forward march, I see the U.S. as an indispensable partner.

Many of you also believe that a stronger and prosperous India is in America’s strategic interest.

Let us work together to convert shared ideals into practical cooperation.

There can be no doubt that in advancing this relationship, both nations stand to gain in great measure.

As the U.S. businesses search for new areas of economic growth, markets for their goods, a pool of skilled resources, and global locations to produce and manufacture, India could be their ideal partner.

India’s strong economy, and growth rate of 7.6% per annum, is creating new opportunities for our mutual prosperity.

Transformative American technologies in India and growing investment by Indian companies in the United States both have a positive impact on the lives of our citizens.

Today, for their global research and development centres, India is the destination of choice for the U.S. companies.

Looking eastward from India, across the Pacific, the innovation strength of our two countries comes together in California.

Here, the innovative genius of America and India’s intellectual creativity are working to shape new industries of the future.

Mr. Speaker,

The 21st century has brought with it great opportunities.

But, it also comes with its own set of challenges.

Inter-dependence is increasing.

But, while some parts of the world are islands of growing economic prosperity; other are mired in conflicts.

In Asia, the absence of an agreed security architecture creates uncertainty.

Threats of terror are expanding, and new challenges are emerging in cyber and outer-space.

And, global institutions conceived in 20th century, seem unable to cope with new challenges or take on new responsibilities.

In this world full of multiple transitions and economic opportunities; growing uncertainties and political complexities; existing threats and new challenges; our engagement can make a difference by promoting:

· Cooperation not dominance;
· Connectivity not isolation;
· Respect for Global Commons;
· inclusive not exclusive mechanisms; and above all
· adherence to international rules and norms.

India is already assuming her responsibilities in securing the Indian Ocean region.

A strong India-U.S. partnership can anchor peace, prosperity and stability from Asia to Africa and from Indian Ocean to the Pacific.

It can also help ensure security of the sea lanes of commerce and freedom of navigation on seas.

But, the effectiveness of our cooperation would increase if international institutions framed with the mindset of the 20th century were to reflect the realities of today.

Mr. Speaker,

Before arriving in Washington D.C., I had visited Herat in Western Afghanistan to inaugurate Afghan-India Friendship Dam, a 42 MW hydro-electric project built with Indian assistance.

I was also there on the Christmas day last year to dedicate to that proud nation its Parliament, a testimony to our democratic ties.

Afghans naturally recognize that the sacrifices of American have helped create a better life.

But, your contribution in keeping the region safe and secure is deeply appreciated even beyond.

India too has made an enormous contribution and sacrifices to support our friendship with Afghan people.

A commitment to rebuild a peaceful, and stable and prosperous Afghanistan our shared objective.

Yet, Distinguished Members, not just in Afghanistan, but elsewhere in South Asia, and globally, terrorism remains the biggest threat.

In the territory stretching from West of India’s border to Africa, it may go by different names, from Laskhar-e-Taiba, to Taliban to ISIS.

But, it’s philosophy is common: of hate, murder and violence.

Although it’s shadow is spreading across the world, it is incubated in India’s neighbourhood.

I commend the members of the U.S. Congress for sending a clear message to those who preach and practice terrorism for political gains.

Refusing to reward them is the first step towards holding them accountable for their actions.

The fight against terrorism has to be fought at many levels.

And, the traditional tools of military, intelligence or diplomacy alone would not be able to win this fight.

Mr. Speaker,

We have both lost civilians and soldiers in combating it.

The need of the hour is for us to deepen our security cooperation.

And, base it on a policy:

· that isolates those who harbour, support and sponsor terrorists;

· that does not distinguish between “good” and “bad” terrorists; and that delinks religion from terrorism.
Also, for us to succeed, those who believe in humanity must come together to fight for it as one, and speak against this menace in one voice.

Terrorism must be delegitimized.

Mr. Speaker,

The benefits of our partnership extend not just to the nations and regions that need it most.

On our own, and by combining our capacities, we are also responding to other global challenges including when disaster strikes and where humanitarian relief is needed.

Far from our shores, we evacuated thousands from Yemen, Indians, Americans and others.

Nearer home, we were the first responders during Nepal’s earthquake, in the Maldives water crisis and most recently during landslide in Sri Lanka.

We are also one of the largest contributors of troops to UN Peace Keeping Operations.

Often, India and the U.S. have combined their strengths in science, technology and innovation to help fight hunger, poverty, diseases and illiteracy in different parts of the world.

The success of our partnership is also opening up new opportunities for learning, security and development from Asia to Africa.

And, the protection of environment and caring for the planet is central to our shared vision of a just world.

For us in India, to live in harmony with mother earth is part of our ancient belief.

And, to take from nature only what is most essential is part of our civilizational ethos.

Our partnership, therefore, aims to balance responsibilities with capabilities.

And, it also focuses on new ways to increase the availability and use of renewable energy.

A strong U.S. support for our initiative to form an International Solar Alliance is one such effort.

We are working together not just for a better future for ourselves, but for the whole world.

This has also been the goal of our efforts in G-20, East Asia Summit and Climate Change summits.

Mr. Speaker and Distinguished Members

As we deepen our partnership, there would be times when we would have differing perspectives.

But, since our interests and concerns converge, the autonomy in decision making and diversity in our perspectives can only add value to our partnership.

So, as we embark on a new journey, and seek new goals, let us focus not just on matters routine but transformational ideas.

Ideas which can focus:

· Not just on creating wealth but also creating value for our societies;

· Not just on immediate gains but also long term benefits;

· Not just on sharing best practices but also shaping partnerships; and

· Not just on building a bright future for our peoples, but in being a bridge to a more united, humane and prosperous world.

And, important for the success of this journey would be a need to view it with new eyes and new sensitivities.

When we do this, we will realise the full promise of this extraordinary relationship.

Mr. Speaker,

My final thoughts and words would reiterate that our relationship is primed for a momentous future.

The constraints of the past are behind us and foundations of the future are firmly in place.

In the lines of Walt Whitman,

“The Orchestra have sufficiently tuned their instruments, the baton has given the signal.”

And to that, if I might add, there is a new symphony in play.

Thank you Mr. Speaker and Distinguished members for this honour.

Thank you very much.

I strongly believe that India has a lot of latent entrepreneurial energy, which needs to be harnessed so that we become a nation of job givers, more than job seekers.  

-Narendra Modi

The NDA Government is focused on giving a boost to entrepreneurship. The ‘Make in India’ initiative is based on four pillars to boost entrepreneurship in India, not only in manufacturing but also in other sectors.

New Processes: ‘Make in India’ recognizes ‘ease of doing business’ as the single most important factor to promote entrepreneurship.

New Infrastructure: Availability of modern and facilitating infrastructure is a very important requirement for the growth of industry. Government intends to develop industrial corridors and smart cities to provide infrastructure based on state-of-the-art technology with modern high-speed communication and integrated logistic arrangements.

New Sectors: ‘Make in India’ has identified 25 sectors in manufacturing, infrastructure and service activities and detailed information is being shared on them with all stakeholders.

New Mindset: Industry is accustomed to see Government as a regulator. ‘Make in India’ intends to change this by bringing a paradigm shift in how Government interacts with industry. The Government’s approach will be that of a facilitator and not that of a regulator.

The Government is adopting a three pronged strategy to boost entrepreneurship. This is a 3 C Model being worked upon: Compliances, Capital & Contract Enforcement.


India made rapid strides in the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ rankings by the Worls Bank rising to 130th rank. Today, starting a new business is easier than ever before. Unnecessary compliances have been removed and a lot of permissions can be obtained online.

Process of applying for Industrial License (IL) and Industrial Entrepreneur Memorandum (IEM) has been made online and this service is now available to entrepreneurs on 24×7 basis. Around 20 services are integrated & will function as a single window portal for obtaining clearances from various governments and government agencies.

Government of India with support from World Bank group and KPMG carried out an assessment of implementation of business reforms by State Govts.  These rankings will  allow States  to  learn  from  one  another  and replicate success  stories,  thereby rapidly  improving  the  regulatory  environment  for  business  nationwide.

The Government also liberalized India’s FDI rules across multiple sectors to facilitate investment in India.


Around 58 million non-corporate enterprises provided one 128 million jobs in India.  60% of them were in rural areas.  Over 40% were owned by people from the Backward Classes and 15% by Scheduled Castes and Tribes.  But bank credit accounted for a tiny share of their financing.  Most of them never get any bank credit.  In other words   the most employment-intensive sector  of the economy  gets the least credit. To change this scenario, the Govt launched the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana & the MUDRA Bank.

It has been started with the aim of availing collateral-free cheap credit to the small scale entrepreneurs who often have to pay exorbitant interest rates. In the brief period since its launch, it has already sanctioned about 1.18 crore loans amounting to almost 65,000 crores. The number of people getting a loan below Rs 50,000 registered a growth of 555% in April- September 2015 over the corresponding period of the previous year.

Contract Enforcement

To achieve better contract enforceability, the Arbitration Law has been changed to make arbitrations cheaper & faster. The law would impose deadlines to resolve cases & empower tribunals to enforce decisions.The Government has also come up with a modern bankruptcy code, which will make exiting business easier.

India $10-trillion economy by 2032 – Can the numbers be reality?

The country needs to work towards a 10% growth rate year-on year against its projected growth rate of 7.4% to achieve a $10 trillion economy by 2032.to create 175 million jobs and achieving zero percent of Below Poverty Line population by 2032. If we achieve a $10 trillion economy target by 2032 by a 10% growth rate year-on-year, the compounding effect would be such that ours could be a $20-trillion economy in the next 6-7 years after 2032. The 10% y-o-y growth is the biggest challenge.if India grows at 7% till 2032, its GDP will only be $6 trillion in 2032 against $2 trillion as on today while 5-6% of the population will remain below poverty line. The new plan flows out of a Group of Secretaries report that talked of achieving 10% growth year-on-year in the next five years  by aiming at 10 ‘Champion States’ growing at 12% and more, 4% agricultural growth rate, 10-12% growth in manufacturing and services, worldclass infrastructure and the advancements in technology and innovation.The immediate targets specified for 2019 are India moving up to No. 1 Start-up destination, India’s rank in Ease of Doing Business being in Top 30 and 60% digital penetration through JAM Platform and e-payment mobile applications for government programmes.Target for manufacturing contribution rising to 25% of GDP is fixed for 2022.

India Leadership Conclave announces 26 Categories, 156 Nominees at 7th Annual ILC Power Brand awards 2016

India Leadership Conclave announces 26 Categories, 156 Nominees at 7th Annual ILC Power Brand awards 2016. Top Digital, Real Estates,Healthcare,Women Leaders, Interior designing, Jewellery, Hospitality, Software & Corporate Finance companies feature at the final six selection by the Network 7 Media Group Jury. 

India’s most awaited & very prestigious leadership dialogue & award ceremony, the 7th Annual India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2016 by Network 7 Media Group’s annual edition is all set to roll out in the city of Mumbai on Friday, 1st July 2016. India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards currently in its 7th year today announced the finalist of the 26 categories. Top business houses, financial institutions, women leaders, e-commerce players have featured in the list of final six nominees. The final six nominees are finalized & thrown into public voting after the expert panel handpicks top six names out of many names that are given by the institutions, agencies & companies. India Leadership Conclave 2016 is hosting the event on the theme of Advantage India where nation’s top leaders will meet to debate the complex issues & solutions.

Announcing the names of the finalists, Satya Brahma, Chairman of the 7th Annual ILC Power Brands & Organizing Committee said “We attempt to bring names that are not in the public glare & innovations that are yet to be seen by the society & leadership that are unique. While every efforts are made to give justice to the top five nominees, we are regularly analyzing & following  the developments of the nominees in the complex ever changing world”. Merit & Competence coupled with innovative strategies are the thrust & this year our efforts has been to push the start up india & digital india. Empowering Women Leaders remain our prime focus & we stand committed to our objective. Indian Affairs Power Brand Awards at the India Leadership Conclave’s Annual Editions are Network 7 Media Group’s most prestigious & coveted  set of awards for successful achievers in business, social enterprises. Since its inception, the award categories have gained momentum because of its transparent process of selection & stringent methodology powered by Network 7 Media Group’s eminent panel of jury members.. Over the last six editions, needless to add, these awards have grown in prestige and stature. It has become the premier event of its kind in the country and a notable part of the Country’s business calendar. This valuable award has national, regional and global recognition and is awarded in the Corporate and Entrepreneurial categories. In the Awards’ 6 years of the history, the principles and objectives have remained consistent that of to create a mechanism for applauding and celebrating women’s contribution to the economy,to recognize the success of business leaders in business, thereby creating a cadre of top role models whose achievements will inspire other young leaders to raise their sights and reach their goals,to be an iconic figure to the succeeding generations to emulate & influence, Over the years, some exceptional business leaders have been nominated by their peers – the leaders in the marketplace and workplace who have made their mark, inspiring and empowering those around them to develop their potential and reach their goals. The results will be announced in a glittering award ceremony on 1st July 2016 in Mumbai Maharashtra, India.

Here are the complete list of the Nominees of the 7th Annual India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2016.

Business Leader of the year 2016

1.Mr.V.P. Nandakumar, MD & CEO, Manappuram Finance Ltd.
2.Mr.Dilwar Nensey, JMD, Royal Palms (India) Pvt. Ltd.
3.Mr.Rahul Sharma, Co-Founder, CEO, Micromax Informatics Limited.
4.Mr.Shyam Srinivasan, CEO & MD, The Federal Bank Ltd.
5.Mr. Irfan Razack, CMD Prestige Group
6. Mr. Surya Prakash Madrecha,CMD, Trimax IT Infrastructure and Services Limited.

Business Woman of the year 2016

1.Ms.Nadia Chauhan, JMD & CMO, Parle Agro Pvt. Ltd.
2.Ms.Lisa Srao, Chairman and MD, I Brands Beverages Ltd.
3.Ms.Ayesha Thapar, MD, Indian City Properties Ltd.
4.Ms.Aditi Kothari, Executive Vice President , DSP BlackRock.
5.Ms.Devita Saraf, Founder & Mentor, VU Technologies.
6.Ms.Priya Sachdev,Founder & CEO, Rock N Shop.

Indian Affairs Most Valuable Luxury Hotel by Customer Experience

1.ITC Royal Gardenia.
2.The Oberoi.
3.The Chancery Pavilion.
4.The Zuri Hotels
5.The Leela Palace
6.Vivanta By Taj.

Indian Affairs Most Promising & Valuable Luxury Smart TV

6.Vu Technologies.

Indian Affairs New Age Woman in Innovations & Creativity 2016

1.Ms.Nina Lekhi, Founder & CEO, Baggit.
2.Ms.Dharti Desai,Founder & CEO, FineWinesnMore.
3.Ms.Saana Vohra,Founder & CEO,Indear.in.
4.Ms.Nidhi Agarwal,Promoter & CEO,KAARYAH Lifestyle Solutions.
5.Ms.Ujjwala Satish Haware, MD & CEO, Haware Group.
6.Ms.Madhuri Ruia, Founder & Director,Integym.

Indian Affairs Impact Innovations in Interior Designing 2016

1.Ms.Shabnam Gupta.
2.Mr. Sunita Kohli
3.Ms.Sussanne Khan.
4. Ms. Gauri Khan.
5.Ms Twinkle Khanna.
6.Ms.Monica Khanna.

Indian Affairs Indian of the Year Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery 2016

1.Dr.Manoj Khanna, Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon, Founder, Enhance Aesthetic Clinics
2.Dr.Viral Desai, Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon,Founder,CPLSS.
3.Dr.Charu Sharma, Founder, Dr Charu Essential Aesthetic Clinic.
4.Dr.Harsh Bharat Amin, Founder, ADORN Cosmetic Surgery.
5.Dr.Priti Shukla, Founder, Dr. Priti Shukla’s AMBROSIA.
6.Dr.R. K. Mishra, Founder, SIPS Super Specialty Hospital.

Indian Affairs CEO of the year 2016

1.Mr. Sharad Sanghi,Managing Director and CEO,  Netmagic Solutions.
2.Mr. Anil Chaudhry, Managing Director at Schneider Electric , India.
3.Mr. Sanjeev Verma, Executive Director and CEO,  AGC Networks Ltd.
4.Mr. Shshank Joshi, Managing Director, My Mobile Payments Limited.
5.Mr. Asoke K. Laha,Founder, President & CEO InterraIT Inc.
6.Mr. N.V. Venkatasubramanian,CEO, L & T Valves Limited.

Indian Affairs Most Valuable & Trusted Mobile Wallet 2016

1.Money on Mobile
2.MobiKwik Systems Pvt Ltd.

Innovative Woman CEO of the year 2016

1.Ms.Neelam Dhawan, Managing Director, HP India.
2.Ms.Kumud Srinivasan, President, Intel India.
3.Ms.Schauna Chauhan, CEO, Parle Group.
4.Ms.Deepika Arora, ‎Regional Vice President-EurAsia, Wyndham Hotel Group .
5.Ms.‎Navita Yadav, CEO, IL&FS Trust Company Ltd.
6.Ms.Reshma Merchant, Co-Founder House of Milk

Indian Affairs Infrastructure Company of the year 2016

1.Vishvaraj Infrastructure Ltd.
2.IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company Limited.
3.Supreme Infrastructure India.
4.Kunstocom (India) Ltd.
5.SMS Limited.
6. Kirby Building Systems.

Airline of Substance in Value, Safety & Customer Satisfaction 2016

1.Air Asia.
5.Go Air.
6.Air India.

Indian Affairs Dynamic Women Entrepreneur of the year 2016

1.Ms.Kavitha Iyer Rodrigues, Co Founder & Chief of Operations, Zumutor Biologics Inc.
2.Ms.Radha Kapoor, Founder & Executive Director, ISDI.
3.Ms.Monica Khanna, Founder & CEO, Monica Khanna Designs.
4.Ms.Manisha Chopra, CEO & Founder, SeaSoul Cosmeceuticals.
5.Ms.Kiran Bawa, CEO & MD, IOSIS.
6.Ms.Amruda Nair,Joint MD & CEO, Aiana Hotels & Resorts.

Indian Affairs Indian Affairs Innovative Leader in Digital Entrepreneurship ( Male)

1.Mr.Manu Agarwal, Founder and CEO,  Naaptol.com.
2.Mr.Deep Kalra, Chairman & Group CEO, MakeMyTrip .
3.Mr.Praveen Sinha, Founder and Managing Director,  Jabong.
4.Mr.Ambareesh Murty, Founder, Pepperfry.
5.Mr.Ashish Goel,Founder CEO, Urban Ladder.
6.Mr. Sandeep Agarwal, Founder,ShopClues & Droom.

Indian Affairs Innovative Leader in Digital Entrepreneurship ( Female)

1.Ms.Minnat Lalpuria Rao,Founder & CEO,7Vachan.
2.Ms.Suchi Mukherjee, Founder & CEO, Limeroad.
3.Ms.Richa Kar, ‎Founder and CEO Zivame – ‎Zivame.com.
4.Ms.Pankhuri Shrivastava, Founder & CEO,Grabhouse.
5.Ms.Aditi Gupta, Founder, Menstrupedia.
6. Ms. Shuchi Pandya, CEO & Founder, Pipa + Bella.

Indian Affairs Dynamic Entrepreneur of the Year Male 2016

1.Mr.Krishna Kumar Founder, Simplilearn
2.Mr.Keshav Baljee, Managing Director, Spree Hotels
3.Mr.Rajesh Aggarwal Managing Director, Insecticides (India) Ltd.
4.Mr.Jai shankar Krishnan, Chairman, Danaher Group of Companies.
5.Mr.Bhavish Aggarwal,Co-Founder & CEO at Olacabs.com.
6.Mr.Naveen Raju, Promoter Director, Chancery Pavilion.

Indian Affairs Indian of the Year 2016 – Medicine (Obs and Gynae)

1.Dr.Rishma Pai, Consultant Gynecologist, Jaslok And Lilavati Hospitals.
2.Dr.Kiran S. Coelho, Jaslok And Lilavati Hospitals.
3.Dr.Rooma Sinha, Consultant Gynecologist and Obstetrician and Laparoscopic Surgeon, APOLLO HOSPITAL.
4.Dr.Sejal Desai, senior Gynaecologist and Director, Sarla Hospital & ICU.
5.Dr.Kamala Selvaraj,Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician, G.C.Hospital.
6.Dr.Manjula Anagani, Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician, Maxcure Hospitals.

Indian Affairs PR Woman of the year 2016

1.Ms.Ambika Sharma, Founder & MD, Pulp Strategy.
2.Ms.Pooja Pathak, CEO & Co-Founder,Media Mantra
3.Ms.Nandita Lakshmanan,Founder & Chairperson,The PRactice.
4.Ms.Stuti Jalan,Founder & CEO, Crosshairs Communication.
5.Ms.Valerie Pinto, Founder & CEO, Weber Shandwick India.
6.Ms.Lakshmi Rebecca,Vlogger, Filmmaker and Anchor.

Indian Affairs Most Preferred Employer  & Great IT Workplace Company 2016

1.Infosys Technologies Limited.
2. Firstsource Solutions Ltd.
3. Aegis Limited.
4. Genpact Limited.
5. Rolta India Limited.
6. Datamatics Global Services Limited.

Indian Affairs Most Valuable Real Estate Developer 2016

1.Kalpataru Group
2. Oberoi Realty.
3. DB Realty.
4. Omkar Realtors & Developers.
5. SNN Builders.
6. Ozone Group.

Indian Affairs Jewellery power brand of the year 2016

1.Kalyan Jewellers
2.Amrapali Group
3.Gitanjali Group.
4.Malabar Gold & Diamonds.
5.PC Jeweller Ltd.

Indian Affairs E-Commerce Power Brand of the year 2016


Indian Affairs Physician’s Choice & Healthcare Innovator of the year 2016

1.Dabur India Limited.
2.Cadila Healthcare Limited.
3.Akumentis Healthcare Limited.
4.Cipla Limited.
5.Lupin Limited.
6.Dr.Reddy’s Labs Limited

Indian Affairs impact award for fitness & wellness 2016

1.Ms.Pooja Makhija.CEO & Founder, Nourish

2.Ms.Shelly Khera,CEO & Founder, Slim Sutra .

3.Ms.Tripti Gupta,Founder – iPink

4.Ms.Shubi Husain,Founder & CEO, Health Sanctuary P Ltd

5.Ms.Pooja Bhargava,Founder/CEO – Fitness U and Nutrition .

6.Ms.Suja Issac,Founder & CEO, Soukya International Holistic Health Centre .

 Indian Affairs Jewellery Designer of Innovations Creativity 2016

 1.Ms.Pallavi Foley.

2.Ms.Varuna D Jani.

3.Ms.Poonam Soni.

4.Ms.Suhani Pittie.

5.Ms.Mira Gulati.

6.Ms.Nitya Arora

 Indian Affairs Fashion Designer of the Decade

 1.Mr.Sabyasachi Mukherji.

2.Ms.Anita Dongre

3.Ms.Neeta Lulla.

4.Ms.Ritu Beri.

5.Mr.Tarun Tahiliani

6.Ms.Payal Singhal

India Leadership Conclave is the largest gathering of asia’s most influential leaders in one single platform & ILC Power Brand Awards are the most prestigious set of awards conferred to the successful persons & companies through a comprehensive selection process & guided by an eminent panel of jury & backed by the rich editorial resources of Network 7 Media Group. Started in the year 2009, India Leadership Conclave has been successfully hosting the leadership event in Delhi, Bengaluru & Mumbai & has entered the list of most impactful & credible annual affair in asia & is currently in 7th edition to be hosted in Mumbai on friday,1st July 2016, India. Known for path breaking initiatives, India Leadership Conclave is an eagerly awaited leadership award titles in different categories, the conclave is widely acclaimed by the top fortune 500 companies. 

How Brands define Luxury & where Customers are King!

Branding Is About Creating Patterns, Not Repeating Messages
In the latest Method 10×10 piece, principal Marc Shillum argues that branding lies in creating patterns that add up to a whole, rather than a single, monolithic message.Brands today exist in multiple mediums, defined by multiple voices. The media brands inhabit is iterative, with no beginning, no end, and little permanency. In that context, adherence to a big idea and endless repetition of centralized, fixed rules can make a brand seem unresponsive and out of step with its audience. But without repetition, how does a brand create consistency? And without consistency, how does a brand maintain value?

Indian Affairs Most Promising & Valuable Luxury Smart TV

1.Samsung. (Code 19)
2.Sony. (Code 20)
3.LG. (Code 21)
4.Micromax. (Code 22)
5.Panasonic. (Code 23)
6.Vu Technologies. (Code 24)

Brands as Patterns
We all know that brands are increasingly accessed digitally, but a less considered consequence is that the interface through which a brand is accessed has become a primary identity element. This requires that a brand’s “identity” should not only be defined statically or dynamically but also iteratively through successive release and behaviorally through interactions. Through this iterative interaction, the brand becomes a constantly shifting relationship between the company and its customers. Through the interface, the customer assumes the right to some control, ownership, and authorship of the brand.


Instead of a single big idea, a brand must have multiple, smaller ideas.
As the digital world evolves, the customer’s ability to inform the brand will outstrip the company’s ability to control it. As a result, the brand is no longer the proprietary tool for the company that founded it but an ongoing negotiation among the founding company, its own workforce, and the customers who have invested in the end product. The added dimension of interface reveals an unparalleled breadth of a brand’s characteristics and gives access that is perpetual and immediate. Therefore, the customer expects the brand to be as responsive and real-time as any medium through which it is accessed, while maintaining consistency no matter how it is experienced.

Through the interface, it is increasingly easy to see how a company behaves, the actions it takes, what it says, and how it responds, reacts, or hides. This transparency demands that a brand be more consistent, responsive, communicative, and social. As a result, the brand becomes more dimensional and, in effect, more human.

To maintain a brand’s value in the future, one must begin by understanding the basics of cognitive psychology — how people judge human consistency and anomalies of character, and how people perceive human relationships. This reveals greater understanding of how to achieve consistency beyond repetition. Consistency is still at the heart of a brand’s value, but in this fluid and agile world, repetition cannot be the only rule.

Consistency in human behavior is not derived from repetition alone; it is about the formation and recognition of coherent patterns. Patterns are the way our brains perceive actions, thoughts, memory, and behavior to ultimately inform belief. They allow for differences while creating a whole. Patterns are unique in the fact that they create consistency around difference and variation. Creating a believable and consistent brand begins with the creation of coherent patterns.

Instead of adhering to a single, centralized big idea, a brand must create coherence around multiple, smaller ideas. Embracing small ideas is a powerful way to navigate a rapidly evolving, connected world. Small ideas are fresh and immediate. Flexible and accurate, they can be defined in the immediacy of the present context, allowing brands to respond quickly in moments of crisis or celebration.

Creating a pattern around smaller ideas generates deeper recognition than repetition does. The pattern ensures clarity on the why, not just the what. And it makes people an active participant in the how. By building both autonomy and consistency, brands are better able to respond in real-time and at a local level.

To succeed in a more agile world, a brand needs to think less about defining a fixed identity and more about creating coherent and flexible patterns.

Five similarities between patterns and the desired behavior of brands:

1. Patterns are both adaptive and coherent
Because patterns are composed of elements, they are reconfigurable. The elements can be reorganized to shift meaning, but this new meaning is still created from familiar elements.

One of the most reconfigurable patterns is the modern English alphabet. The Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words, but they are composed of only 26 letters. We detect words as a pattern of letters to which we give a pre-assigned meaning. Over time, we assign sub-patterns to each word, which means we begin to read patterns of words rather than individual letters.

Rseaerch icntidaes taht the oerdr of the ltteers in a wrod dnsoe’t relaly mettar. Waht relaly mtteras is the frist and lsat leettr in the wrod. If tehy are in the rhgit palce, you can raed the wdors.

Consider the iPhone app grid. It allows the user to reorganize and personalize the face of the iPhone. Wobbling tiles signify the most flexible state of the interface. Each tile, although different and a brand in its own right, is recognizable as an Apple object through the use of a “glare” reflection and the standardization of form. The curved corners of the tile appear on each successive app, on the product itself, and throughout the Apple family of products. The app grid was originally introduced by Nokia, but Apple came to own it through the successful application of patterns.

The adaptability of patterns makes them perfect for iterative environments, as they can grow while retaining meaning in new contexts, allowing brands to adapt and evolve without the “shock of the new.”

2. Patterns can be both a big idea and multiple small ideas at once
Patterns can communicate different messages in parts and a comprehensive message as a whole. Patterns have been used for centuries to convey an understanding of the relationship between the part and the whole, as seen in Islamic art, mandalas, song lines, chaptering and the composition of literature, and the scenic division of theater.

Looking at art, the first impression of Hans Holbein’s painting The Ambassadors shows a sense of the whole: two aristocratic men in Renaissance dress leaning on a shelf as if they were two doors to a cabinet. But as the viewer reads the rest of the image, the meta-stories of assembled parts unfold: a silver crucifix, the scientific instruments, the lute with the broken string, and the famous skull rendered in anamorphic perspective. When applied to contemporary communication, a pattern allows you to respond to your customers as part of the brand.

Patterns can grow and adapt to new contexts.
The Japanese clothing company Uniqlo’s strategy abandons one centralized idea in favor of placing the customer at the heart of the brand. In effect, Uniqlo has no brand message: Instead of selling a lifestyle to a target market, it creates small, unique projects that become tools for the user. Each new project — Mix Play, Uniqlock, Grid, Jump, March, Wire, UT, UJ, and, more recently, Color Tweet and Sport Tweet — differs from the others as related parts to a whole. The whole from the multiple parts generates a collective pattern of personal expression, much like the personal expression that is achieved through clothing choice. Every forthcoming project is eagerly awaited by the audience: Uniqlock alone received 68 million views across 209 countries.

As such, patterns connect a brand’s visual identity to its behaviors, its interactions to language, its global ideas to local actions, and its small ideas to one another. Patterns help a brand achieve responsive autonomy without losing the power of consistency.

3. Patterns are the way people remember and recognize new value
Repetition of patterns build recognition, but variation in patterns creates relevance and sustains interest. Certain kinds of musical gestures or combinations seem to plug into memory. Melodic patterns become almost addictive, with the linear succession of musical tones perceived as a single entity. People are able to remember an entire song by hearing only a few notes. Countless musical works are composed using only the basic seven notes of an octave, yet the pattern created by these simple building blocks distinguishes most melodies from one another.

Once a musical theme is stated, variations can extend the life of the melody. Repetition of the theme and journey into variation were developed from the practical inventiveness of musicians. Court dances were long, and the tunes that accompanied them were short. Their repetition became intolerable, which inevitably led the player to indulge in variation. Johann Sebastian Bach created the 30 Goldberg Variations and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart became a variation virtuoso. The principles of harmony, melody, counterpoint, rhythm, timbre, and orchestration are used to keep the musical pattern fresh and relevant. Great live music invites the audience to be part of the living performance.

The familiarity of a pattern can create a map to an experience. Consider Ikea: Within every store, the journey through the maze of products is familiar: you enter with blue bag, short pencil, and measuring tape in hand, continue past kitchens, lounge, tables, chairs, couches, bedroom, and kids sections, past the restaurant to the marketplace for individual items, and finally through to the register. Along the way there are counterpoints, slight variations, shortcuts, and trapdoors to displays of new items or new thematic spaces. The modular layout means the store can “refresh” thematic spaces and move shortcuts to keep the game interesting.

Repetition can build top-of-mind recognition, but variation creates relevance. This adaptability makes patterns perfect for providing long-lasting recognition and value. The ability to embrace variation invites the employees or the audience to inform the brand.
Variation invites the audience to inform the brand.
4. Patterns are both foundational and transferable
Because patterns are memorable, they become sticky. Once understood and systematically applied, a pattern will actually consolidate its power through growth. For this reason, patterns are an efficient and stable model for growth.
At a cellular level, for example, function and synthesis are defined by the pattern of base pairs in DNA. Whenever the cell divides, this genome, or pattern, is passed to each daughter cell, and so on. Whether it is cell structure, seed growth, or human reproduction, the transference of a pattern is how nature maintains strong, efficient, and consistent growth.
Applying the self-similarity of patterns can transform a business. The introduction of the ISO standard revolutionized European paper sizes. Using the single-aspect ratio of the square root of 2, each successive paper size, when divided, produces another ISO standard of the same proportion. Consequently, work is scaleable, allowing to accurately scale using a singular mathematical process. A4 sheets folded into A5 brochures, reducing waste, and weights of paper sizes are easily calculated as a simple subdivision of the weight of the largest sheet size.

Self-similarity makes patterns easy to follow, and when applied as an organizational system, the power of a pattern can be exponential. Because self-similarity is a more complex form of repetition, it creates the same consistency and brand value, yet it is distributed and not centralized.
5. Patterns create belief and trust
People are “experts” in facial recognition. We are able to recognize and distinguish between thousands of faces and even more thousands of expressions. Because faces have the same configuration — two eyes above the nose, a mouth below the nose — we can use our knowledge of faces and the context of an expression to make value judgments.
Trust is built upon this understanding of the meaning of a recognized pattern. Recognition of a pattern becomes associated with a desired outcome, conditioning people to respond to the pattern with belief. As Ivan Pavlov proved with his famous experiment, repeated exposure to a consistent pattern creates a learned response.

This formation of belief and trust makes patterns the natural succession to repetition alone. We distrust repetition because it seems mechanical and unresponsive. Patterns link behavior and meaning to an associated action and outcome, reaffirming belief.

Consider Amazon: The brand is built on the trust that a virtual interaction creates a physical outcome. This pattern of fulfillment builds successively across selection, aggressive pricing, delivery flexibility, embedded payment options, flawless data security, real-time tracking, responsive customer service, and final receipt of purchase. No matter the product, brand, or retailer, the application of each successful outcome builds belief that becomes transferred to the next purchase. The Amazon brand lives in the supply-chain pattern, and its identity literally becomes the interface to fulfillment.

Patterns can make brands seem more expressive, responsive, and human. These patterns can create a personal, memorable relationship that builds brand trust on each and every outcome.

The Brand Pattern
A brand pattern is more than how a brand looks. It is the coherence and consistency between how the brand acts, looks, and responds over time. Brands are temporal — their past, present, and future is available in one URL. This kind of interface demands iterative management. The limited elements of traditional brand strategy, such as brand bibles, guidelines, values, and promises were not designed to accommodate this. So we must begin to create the tools that will make a brand perform.

A pattern needs to bridge the totality of what a brand can be — it must be the master plan to create strategic consistency — as well as the micro plan to create a single, relevant tactic.

It must encompass systems (which are expansive and multiple) and narratives (which are reductive and singular). By doing so, brands are given room to unfold and grow iteratively without the need for radical change.

A brand pattern creates consistency between the Artifacts, Behaviors, and Concepts of a brand. Artifacts, Behaviors, and Concepts are the simple ABC of a new kind of brand consistency. Artifacts are the logos, names, slogans, colors, icons, shapes, sounds, and products of a brand. Behaviors are the states, traits, actions, performance, and response of a brand. Concepts are the plural thoughts and visions that strategically bind an organization. These must become inter-related and interdependent.

Through this pattern, a brand creates a flexible inter-consistency that retains its value without losing its relevance and connection with a dynamic audience. Through this inter-consistency, the brand becomes more believable, because the myriad of mediums and access points support rather than repeat one another other.

Artifacts, Behaviors, and Concepts are the ABC’s of a new kind of brand consistency.
When we create a pattern of ABCs, a TV channel’s brand, for example, is no longer the constant logo in the corner of the screen, or a series of interruptive advertisements. The brand’s identity is defined by the set of interfaces it lives on: the design of the video player, the interactions of the user, and the discrete set of functionalities that gives the user dynamic control of the content. The identity of the iPhone is not just the Apple logo on the back. Instead, the iPhone brand is recognized by the reconfigurable app grid on the front, a pattern that can be personalized by the individual. Ikea is not just the yellow and blue brand, or the Swedish furniture store; it is a shopping event that connects multiple experiences through a physical maze. By using patterns, we place the brand in something, rather than just on it.

A brand pattern creates more value than repetition. It provides coherence among disparate mediums and continued relevance that can adapt and respond to its audience. A brand pattern connects a product to an experience and an audience, allowing the brand to continually grow.