Press Release

CNBC-TV18 imagines 21ST century India with Nandan Nilekani

Section :TV Briefs, Category : Media

Media News
Mumbai, June 11, 2009

Business legend & visionary thought leader Nandan Nilekani is following on his bestselling book, "Imagining India" with a special power packed on-air series on CNBC-TV18, India's No.1 business medium. The weekly series, guest anchored by him and CNBC-TV18's executive editor,Shereen Bhan, has been designed to bring together the best strategic minds in the country as they deliberate and debate on the key enablers for 21st century India, using "Imagining India" as a sound board for future ideas.

India has been a nation of great unfulfilled potential over the years. With an impressive demographic dividend, a strong and fast growing domestic demand led economy, a vibrant democratic culture and reasonably well entrenched institutional framework, India holds a lot of promise as a future global powerhouse. However, despite some progress since liberalization, which has been accompanied by substantial improvement in economic & human development indicators, India is yet to achieve its full potential. A lot of impediments and bottlenecks have not allowed the nation to expedite its path to inclusive growth and prosperity. The nation needs a complete environmental overhaul, ranging from its social services & infrastructure to a comprehensive & encompassing policy framework which improves its implementation capabilities.

"Imagining India & Nandan Nilekani" will go on air as a weekly series starting June 13th, 2009. The power packed panel will discuss wide ranging issues ranging from Indian Infrastructure to Globalization and India, the Indian Demographic Dividend to Primary Education and more.

The IMAGINGING INDIA PANEL will include stalwarts from a wide gamut of fields including top business leaders, venture capitalists, economists, writers, sociologists and thought leaders.

Adi Godrej-Chairman, Godrej Group, Sanjeev Sanyal - Author, 'The Indian Renaissance..', Vinayak Chaterjee , Chairman, Feedback Ventures, Shobhana Bhartia-Chairperson, HT Media, Madhav Chavan -Founder, Pratham and James Tooley-Professor Of Education Policy, Newcastle University, Gautam Thapar-Chairman, Avantha Group, Arun Maira -Chairman, Boston Consulting Group, Raman Roy -CEO, Quattro, Jaideep Sahni- Scriptwriter, Chak De India & Khosla Ka Ghosla, Roopa Purshottam - Chief Economist & Strategist, Future Group and Dipankar Gupta -Sociologist & Author.

Commenting on the series, Neel Chowdhury, VP Marketing, CNBC-TV18 & CNBC AWAAZ said, "Nandan Nilekani is clearly a visionary leader, as was evident from the success of his book. We're happy that India's sharpest minds chose CNBC-TV18 as a platform to debate the most powerful ideas that can change the course of the nation. We hope that this series will be an important reference point for policy makers and all stakeholders in the journey to collectively realise India's dream of a successful and stable future."

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