India’s Discordant Democrats | Mint

Innovation is the fuel that is needed for India’s economic growth. Now given this, does the fact that India is a democratic nation add up as an advantage or does democracy simply exist at a superficial level, thus strangulating innovation? Our Outstanding Speaker and Former Member of Planning Commission of India, Arun Maira explains what is required for India’s growth as a democratic nation. 

Stronger powers to the government (and leaders) to shut out people’s views and impose tough decisions on them is a retrograde habit. Human aspirations require innovations in processes of democratic governance. Let India lead in these. When we look for what we must seek, which is effective processes for systematic participation in collective decisions, we will find many good practices around the world, and in India too. Read more ( )

Arun Maira

  • Chairman, HelpAge International | Former Member, Planning Commission of India | Former India Chairman, Boston Consulting Group

Any discussion on policy and the future of India is incomplete without Arun Maira’s views, and not just because he has been a member of the Planning Commission of India. Arun is one of those rare and eminent people who have held leadership positions in both the private as well as the public sector, bringing a unique perspective on how the two can work together to foster growth for India.

In his career spanning five decades, Arun has led several organisations, including the Boston Consulting Group in India. In the early part of his career, he spent 25 years in the Tata Group, in various important positions. He was also a member of the Board of Tata Motors (then called TELCO). After leaving the Tatas, Arun joined Arthur D Little Inc (ADL), the international management consultancy, in the US, where he advised companies across sectors and geographies on their growth strategies and handling transformational change.

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