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Reimagining India

Read and watch leading thinkers discuss the country's challenges and opportunities.
"We learned that not everything needs to be invented in Seattle."
—Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz on the company's Indian joint venture

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Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia's Next Superpower

– An all-star cast of contributors consider Asia's "other superpower."

Articles in this issue


Reimagining India: Creating partnerships for the future

– In short excerpts from Reimagining India, two CEOs from very different industries reflect on how global companies can succeed in India.

Changing lives through technology

– Two leading Indian executives—Unique Identification Authority of India chairman Nandan Nilekani and Biocon chairman Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw—explain how technology is transforming the country.

Butter chicken at Birla

– What succeeds at home may not work overseas. The chairman of Aditya Birla Group, Kumar Mangalam Birla, says Indian companies must be prepared to change long-held traditions if they are to thrive on the global stage.

Reimagining India: A conversation with Alok Kshirsagar and Gautam Kumra

– Two of McKinsey’s India directors examine the success of companies seeking to expand internationally and recommend how to turn domestic strength into a global presence.

Other insights


Reimagining India: A conversation with Christopher Graves

– The global CEO of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide discusses the difficulties in simultaneously promoting India as exotic and... amazing to tourists, while assuring foreign investors of the country’s stability and potential.

Thinking outside the bottle

– Even the world’s biggest brands can struggle to succeed in India. Coca-Cola chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent urges global companies... to accept the market as it is, not as they wish it to be.

Reimagining India: A conversation with Eric Schmidt

– Google’s executive chairman expresses optimism about India’s technology sector but urges companies to prioritize domestic excellence... over global dominance.

How to win at leapfrog

– India has a unique opportunity to avoid repeating other countries’ mistakes. Khosla Ventures founding partner Vinod Khosla... argues that the “leapfrogging” mind-set requires policies that foster innovation not imitation.

Reimagining India: A conversation with Naveen Tewari

– The founder and chief executive of InMobi explains why changing the expectations and traditions of Indian society is critical... to driving economic growth.

Reimagining India: A conversation with Yasheng Huang

– MIT Sloan School of Management professor Yasheng Huang warns of the dangers of India’s reliance on the IT sector for economic... growth, calling for regulatory reforms and greater investment in basic services.

Toward a uniquely Indian growth model

– India can’t afford to emulate China. Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra says the country’s states must compete,... not march in lockstep, if India is to develop its own path to sustainable prosperity.

Reimagining India: A conversation with Kishore Mahbubani

– The dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore believes the success of Indians internationally... highlights the gap between the country’s potential and its actual performance.

The rediscovery of India

– Is diversity an excuse for disunity? CNN’s Fareed Zakaria says Indians must embrace their common ambitions if the nation... is to fulfill its tremendous potential.