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Second edition of ABP Network’s ‘Ideas of India Summit’ concludes successfully

The Summit saw a series of engaging sessions with the presence of some of the top Indian leaders

The second edition of “Ideas of India” summit concluded on a high note.

The summit witnessed the presence of Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India.

While emphasising on reducing carbon footprints, Gadkari said, “Hydrogen is our future fuel and India’s future vehicles will run on hydrogen and green fuels.”

The two-day summit witnessed discussions on a wide range of ideas over 40 sessions and highlighted the prevailing issues in the country related to geo-political tension, inflation, culture, mobility, and young entrepreneurs shaping the role of India in the future world.

The second edition of ‘Ideas of India’ Summit celebrated the theme of 'Naya India: Looking Inward, Reaching Out' with notable politicians, celebrities, industrialists and entertainers, eminent leaders including Liz Truss, the former Prime Minister of the UK; Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw; Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal; Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann; Poet Javed Akhtar, to tech and business innovation icon NR Narayana Murthy, founder Infosys.

The list extended to superstars such as Ayushman Khurrana, Sara Ali Khan, Manoj Bajpayee, and Rishi Singh, vocalists and sports players such as Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Nachappa, Joshna Chinappa, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam and Vinesh Phogat, Mahmood Mamdani; Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-Founder and CEO, Ola Cabs social activist Nandita Das and Mira Nair, young acting and social media sensations Kriti Sanon, Yami Gautam, Saloni Gaur, RJ Karishma and Meethika Dwivedi.

On day-1 of the session, Truss stressed on India’s greater role in the UN Security Council and said, “India and UK need to back each other more closely on trade, and investment and need to make sure both the countries work together on critical supply chains. We are investing more in green energy, like solar panels. These economic decisions will affect freedom and democracy in future. We are looking forward to the India-UK trade deal finishing as soon as possible.”

Speaking on EV targets by 2030, Gadkari said, “In the coming years India will certainly shift to electric vehicles. We import Rs. 16 lakh crore worth of fossil fuel every year but pretty soon our farmers will produce green fuel and green hydrogen.” He went on to add that Lithium-ion batteries will lead the shift from petrol and diesel driven cars.

Vaishnaw laid down the roadmap of the future of Indian Railway with tech integration and new projects of railways including Bullet Train and Vande Bharat. He said, “PM Modi wants seamless integration of every mode of transport at railway stations and creation of urban spaces. Stations should be designed like city centres. So, we took around 50 designs and made a 2.5-hour presentation for PM Modi. But he was not happy. He said these designs are good for today. But I want a design that would be relevant even 50 years later. That’s PM Modi’s vision.”

Avinash Pandey, CEO - ABP Network, concluded the event and thanked all the speakers, guests and dignitaries. He said, “The summit will be back next year and promised it will be even bigger and better.”

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