India Ahead

Unique insights, interviews and industry perspectives

India is transforming rapidly as one of the fastest growing large economies in the world. As the nation completes 75 years of independence, state and central governments, businesses and local communities are looking ahead to create a land of sustainable, inclusive growth and opportunity.

How can they balance priorities to meet critical goals and fulfil India’s true potential? Explore key insights in this collection of interviews, reports and multimedia content.

Interview Series: A vision for the future

McKinsey speaks with India’s visionaries, future builders and thought-leaders on what it will take to drive growth over the next 25 years.

How Blackstone is helping to build India’s next generation of global companies

Blackstone Private Equity’s head of Asia, Amit Dixit, reveals elements of its long-term success in India. Hint: it requires the right mix of ownership, technology, and talent.

Leading from the heart: How Freshworks’ CEO built a global tech unicorn

Girish Mathrubootham, CEO of the India-born, US-headquartered software-as-a-service start-up believes that this is the decade for India as a product nation.

Inside Rishad Premji’s quest to create a high-performing culture at Wipro

The Chairman of the Indian software giant Wipro wants to drive cultural change at the 77-year-old organization by institutionalizing five habits in the workplace.

India as a pharma innovation hub: An interview with Dr. Reddy’s G. V. Prasad

– The cochairman and managing director of the pharma multinational believes India’s competence in new biology, clinical development, and chemistry will increase its global competitiveness.

Why Infosys’s cofounder Nilekani is urging leaders to use tech for good

– The cofounder of the multinational IT company believes Indian start-ups will soon develop technologies to transform education, healthcare, and other social challenges.

Featured Publications

India: The next chemicals manufacturing hub

India’s chemicals industry has been a global outperformer in demand growth and shareholder wealth creation for a decade. Its strong starting point could make it the next chemicals manufacturing hub.

Our View

What’s ahead for India

India, like the rest of the world, is grappling with profound uncertainty triggered by a combination of shocks. At the same time, there are several tailwinds that have the potential to power India’s growth. Three McKinsey experts discuss the challenges and opportunities for a unique sustainable and economic growth model for India.

India's Century: Achieving sustainable, inclusive growth

In the run-up to a Century of independence in 2047, how can India target sustainable, inclusive growth? What actions can the industry spearhead to unlock sector-wise growth that boosts GDP, fosters inclusion, and protects the environment? This paper identifies 10 priority sectors and industry-led programmatic interventions towards this vision, building on a cross-disciplinary research collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).

India’s Turning Point

India, a high-growth emerging economy, has reached a crucial juncture. Will the crisis sparked by COVID-19 spur economic reforms that position it to emerge stronger and meet the aspirations of its growing work force, or will economic stagnation take hold instead?

Industry Perspectives


How agtech is poised to transform India into a farming powerhouse

– Technology is rapidly reshaping agriculture in India, creating investment opportunities, lifting up rural areas, and feeding the world.

How Blackstone is helping to build India’s next generation of global companies

– Blackstone Private Equity’s head of Asia, Amit Dixit, reveals elements of its long-term success in India. Hint: it requires the right mix of ownership, technology, and talent.

The future of mobility: Transforming to be ahead of the opportunity

– As electric mobility gains momentum in India and other countries, it could prompt disruptions and structural shifts in the automotive industry. This report outlines possible strategies for India’s automotive component manufacturers to adapt to these shifts, turning disruptions into an avenue to tap new, emerging value pools.

Decarbonising India: Charting a pathway for sustainable growth

– This will be a decisive decade. With intentional action, India can accelerate decarbonisation at scale while pursuing economic growth.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Human capital at work: The value of experience

– Human capital represents two-thirds of wealth for the average individual—and work experience contributes almost half of that value.

Salesforce’s Arundhati Bhattacharya on lifelong learning and talent reinvention

– Salesforce’s India CEO, and former chair of the State Bank of India, believes that lifelong learning will determine success in the future, especially as people start having multiple careers.

Accelerating India’s sustainability journey in chemicals

– To better confront climate change, chemical companies should take a holistic approach to ESG and aim to improve performance on environmental metrics.

The state of grocery retail in India

– The grocery market in India has evolved considerably in the past decade. Here’s what you need to know about the changing face of demand, dynamics and disruption in the sector, and the implications for retailers and consumer-packaged-goods players alike.

India’s postpandemic logistics sector: The need for technological change

– COVID-19 has reinforced the case for long-awaited structural reforms, but implementing them could be difficult.

McKinsey for Kids: K-pop, culture, containers, and why Asia’s where the action is

– Ever thought about who makes many of the viral videos you watch or the T-shirt you’re wearing, and how it really got to you? In a new McKinsey for Kids, let’s head to Asia and think about really fun things like big container ships and supply chains.

Unlocking value through divestitures: Can Indian firms seize the moment?

– Divesting is a strategic capability that can add significant value. Indian companies that identify appropriate spin-offs and divestitures and execute successfully can emerge stronger from the current crisis.
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