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2024: The world needs India as a reliable challenger to China, says Mahindra

2024: The world needs India as a reliable challenger to China, says Mahindra

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Virendra Pandit 

 

New Delhi: The world needs India to become a reliable challenger to China’s supply chain dominance, Mahindra & Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra said on Monday in his New Year message.

The first day of the New Year opens a new chapter and a fresh opportunity for optimism and renewal. It provides a great opportunity in 2024 and investment will flow into the country in unprecedented volumes, the media reported him as saying.

Mahindra also said all signs point to the Indian economy achieving “the mythical lift-off that we have been awaiting, for decades” and predicted that in 2024 “companies that can create a portfolio of desirable products both in features and price will face the happy challenge of raising their production to meet demand.”

Emphasizing that “a New Year is special because it always symbolizes a new beginning,” he said, “No matter how dark the year has gone by, the human spirit has an abiding capacity for hope. 2023 was a year characterized by conflict, climate change, and a sluggish post-Covid recovery. The year ended with the world crying out for renewal.”

“The opportunity for India’s manufacturing to achieve a quantum leap is within our grasp or ours to lose. Let’s seize it with both hands because growth in manufacturing and exports will, in turn, enhance the consumption story, setting into motion a virtuous cycle that could endure for years.”

In the long run, however, what will keep India’s economy on the ascent is a capacity for disruptive innovation, Mahindra said adding “That aspiration is showing up in many of the newer startups. More power to this tribe!”

In 2023, he said the Mahindra group also faced the challenges first-hand in the communities it works with around the world being a transnational business.

“We also experienced the joy of overcoming those challenges, and in most situations, achieved extraordinary success. Our great advantage and opportunity in 2024 comes from our deeply embedded Indian roots. Because all signs point to the Indian economy achieving the mythical ‘lift-off’ that we have been awaiting, for decades!” he said.

While the rest of the world faced increasing turbulence over the last few years, India kept the engine of the economy chugging along through doses of government capital and infrastructure investment, Mahindra noted.

“Now, the good news is that the consumption story is about to kick in. Companies that can create a portfolio of desirable products both in features and price will face the happy challenge of raising their production to meet demand,” he said.

As the sun rises in 2024, Mahindra asserted “It’s time for Carpe Diem – it’s time to seize the day. Our destiny lies in our own hands.”

 

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