Managing India Awards 2016: Address by Suresh Prabhu

Address by the Chief Guest – Mr Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways, Government of India

An excerpt from a speech by Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways, Government of India at AIMA’s Managing India Awards 2016.

“Good evening friends. I have been attending several programmes of AIMA, about a year or 2 years ago I was here and the awards were given to some distinguish people for their contribution in various fields. And I was wondering then and even wondering today that how they must be making this selection. I was just looking at the type of people who have been awarded and I don’t think there could have been any better person than this in any of the field they were chosen, so I really congratulate AIMA for having a fabulous process of selection. I think if you can share that information we can probably select every person in that category, in every public life and everywhere else, probably India would be a much better place.

So I think I really wish to congratulate AIMA and nominees who have been chosen for very interesting fields. E-commerce is a growing area and I think over a period of time everybody is going to operate from home, overcoming the problem of mobility that we face. Delhi Metro, I think urbanization is rising. I would not say that people should not use more vehicles because I know two of you stalwarts are here. But we need more public transport. And therefore we need connectivity, mobility in a form where more people can travel in one single sphere of operation. So that is something for Delhi metro.

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Indian economy is growing in all spheres – Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India

Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India

At the very outset, I would like to take the opportunity of congratulating all the award winners. I am happy to join you on this happy occasion – Managing India Awards 2013. These are prestigious corporate awards that recognize outstanding contribution of individuals and organizations to Indian business management. Our country today has corporate leaders who can manage the development of Indian business into models of excellence. Indian managers are recognized all over the world for their managerial capacity. Many global business giants are headed by Indian managers and technocrats today.

Philip Kotler, the acclaimed expert on Marketing had once observed and I quote: “Today you have to run faster to stay in place” (unquote). We have set upon us a challenge to make India count amongst the top few nations in the world. To mark India’s growing stature, management principles should find application not only in our business and industry, but also in other important processes such as social change and governance. How change is managed will determine our progress. This is a need that the Managing India Awards denote, and is also a reality epitomized by this year’s award winners. Continue reading

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