SHILLONG, April 5 - Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) president Naushad Forbes today drew parallel between India and China saying he is �uncomfortable� with the conformity of China, just as he is �comfortable� with the diversity in India.
Delivering the convocation address at the 8th Annual Convocation of Indian Institute of Management, Shillong here today, Naushad said, the diversity of communities, religions, ethnicities, opinions and arguments is what defines India.
Stating that the Chinese economy is Government-driven where every Chinese seems to have a uniform opinion of what is right and wrong with the country and is equally in agreement with the possible solutions.
But in India, the economy is driven by the private sector with active support of the Government for the development of the Nation and everyone has a diverse opinion and say in this development story.
�We are a vibrant, noisy democracy... Our diversity is a huge strength. We can use our diversity to lead the world in economic progress, cultural achievement and in building the kind of society where people from all corners of the earth will want to live here,� he said.
Naushad, who is also an accomplished alumnus of Stanford University and Co-Chairman of Forbes Marshall, said, the Indian industry�s diverse strength must be more ethical, international in its approach, technology-focussed and more collaborative as good corporate citizens to further excel.
Prof Soumitra Dutta, Founding Dean of Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, New York, USA, in his address emphasised on the role of the graduates as future leaders in a fast developing economic power that comes with enormous social challenges.
�As the brand of India has changed, so have the expectations of others of India and of Indians. People expect us to be bright and creative. People expect us to be hardworking and successful. People expect us to be ethical and inclusive. People expect us to lead for success,� Prof Dutta said.
During the convocation, 159 students of the Post Graduate Diploma in Management programme of the batch of 2015-17 received their certificates. Moreover, 15 students of the Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Managing Business in India & China programme for the year 2015-16 also received their passing out diploma.