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Young dreamers stress on decreasing inequality

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, MARCH 10. It may be a catch line that has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, but it was India Shining all the way for the country's young dreamers at the first Annual Young Indians Summit that opened at Vigyan Bhavan today.

The inaugural day saw business tycoons, professionals and students from across the country participate in a day-long session that stressed the need to decrease inequality and share responsibility.

Speaking on the occasion, Planning Commission Member, N. K.Singh, who inaugurated the summit, pointed towards five critical challenges that he said the country is likely to face during its journey towards becoming a developed nation.

While emphasising that the decisions made today would determine the country's future, Mr. Singh said: "India stands at a critical juncture where the choices it makes will determine the shape of things to come. The sheen will be taken off if enough incomes are not created in rural areas. The crucial question pertaining to the future relates to creating job opportunities for the young labour force entering the market.''

With "Unleasing the India Opportunity'' being the theme of this year's event, Mr. Singh added that the world was likely to face the problem of a large senior citizens population by 2020 while India would have the advantage of a strong young brigade.

"We need to see how to combine conflict with convergence and change with consistency. Bringing about a symmetry in these is the real challenge,'' he said.

Being organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), the day also saw industrialist and CII president, Anand G. Mahindra, CII Director General, Tarun Das, Young India National Chairman, G.V. Sanjay Reddy, speak on the issue.

Industrialist Anand Mahindra's special address was laced with examples and instances from his life. While narrating his experiences from the past, the industrial said, "This is the time that young Indians need to grasp'' and noted that "more than the feel good factor, it was the feel proud factor that seemed to be prevalent among the young now.''

Speaking on the ambitious journey that Young Indians hope to take, the national chairman of the forum, G.V. Sanjay Reddy, said: "India is relatively a young country and there is boundless energy, zeal and ideas that need direction and focus. We aim to motivate the young by drawing upon the power of dynamic business and youth icons of the country at the summit.''

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