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.

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.
Interview

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.
Interview

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.

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.

Featured Publications

Report

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.
Collection

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?
Report

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.

Industry Perspectives

Report

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.
Report

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.
Interview

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.
Report

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.
Article

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.
Interactive

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.
Article

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.
Report

From farm to sky: Feedstocks fuel India’s path to cleaner skies

– A report from McKinsey and the World Economic Forum examines how India is deploying sustainable aviation fuels at scale.
Commentary

India’s tragedy reverberates around the world

– The COVID-19 crisis in India offers a stark reminder that what’s happening there could happen anywhere.
Article

Holistic customer assistance through digital-first collections

– With families continuing to struggle to make ends meet, lenders that find the right combinations of digital-first customer support will experience the benefits, including longer-term customer loyalty and insurance against being left in the wake of more ambitious peers.
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