Back to McKinsey Themes

India Ahead: Building a future of growth and innovation

India is poised to become a powerful economic growth engine: it has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, the third-largest start-up ecosystem, and tech services, digital, and manufacturing sectors on track to become global powerhouses. At the same time, the country is confronting the effects of the pandemic and the critical challenge of creating jobs for the 90 million people set to join its workforce by 2030. Its challenges and opportunities are not mutually exclusive: as McKinsey Global Institute partner Anu Madgavkar describes, “Growth pays the bills for sustainability,” and accelerating development could propel India forward as a leader in sustainable, inclusive growth. In our India Ahead series, McKinsey speaks with visionaries, future-builders, and thought leaders about how to accomplish those goals over the next quarter-century. Explore the special collection to watch the interview series, and browse the insights below for more glimpses into the future of India as it surges ahead.

What’s ahead for India

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

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

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

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

India’s turning point: An economic agenda to spur growth and jobs

The state of grocery retail in India

Accelerating India’s sustainability journey in chemicals

Turning India into a SaaS power

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

Green Growth: Capturing Asia’s $5 trillion green business opportunity