India most preferred destination for investment- Deepak Vohra
Bhubaneswar: An emerging India, bubbling with self-confidence and new energy, has become the world’s fifth largest economy with a gross domestic product (GDP) of 3.5 trillion dollars, senior diplomat and special advisor to the Prime Minister Dr. Deepak Vohra has said.
“India today is the most preferred destination for investment and it’s for the young generation to seize the moment to write their future and determine their destiny,” Dr. Vohra said while speaking at a motivational session for students at the SOA Deemed to be University here on Thursday.
Vohra who advises the Prime Minister on two African countries and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, said India has traversed a long distance from the days when it encountered brain drain, agricultural collapse and dwindling foreign exchange reserve to become the second largest producer of food today.
It’s capacity to build, innovate and use technology has been globally acknowledged, he said adding what we need is faith and confidence to go forward.
Cynicism does not empower, it paralyses,” he told the packed auditorium.
The lecture was jointly organized by SOA and the Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar Flamingo to mark Swami Vivekananda’s birthday.
India, Vohra said, was currently witnessing its craziest infrastructure binge as airports, ports, roads, railway lines and hotels were under construction.
“Eighty airports are being built in the country while one kilometer of highway is being added every 15 minutes,” he said while quoting French poet Victor Hugo who said “nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”
Swami Vivekananda, Dr. Vohra recalled, had said 125 years ago that future India would be greater than ancient India which was getting awakened.
Deloitte, he said, had conducted an attitudinal study of the millennial generation (born between 1981 and 1996) which found that the Indians were the most optimistic. Goldman Sachs Group, the leading global financial institution, has described India’s story as the world’s most compelling.
“Fifteen percent of the world’s population which ruled the rest 85 percent for 200 years is now facing disruption, depression and loneliness while India is bubbling with self-confidence and new energy,” he said
India’s priority today was healthcare, climate stability, recovery and development through open seas and new technology, Dr. Vohra said adding “we are leading the fight in climate change.” (UNI)