He’s the man who branded the nation in terms we now take for granted. Yet Incredible India is more than just creative packaging: it is intelligent framing of an astonishingly complex country.
And it was to dive into his understanding of India that we welcomed Amitabh Kant, chairman of the Niti Aayog, to the Algebra stage. In a conversation that spanned tourism and business, startups and skills, Amitabh struck a consistently optimistic note – despite being countered with some stark figures and brutal ground realities – about India’s economic future. He spoke with passion about the possibilities of growth, about the long-term outcome of current economic measures, and about the aggressive startup culture that has permeated contemporary Indian society.
The audience may not have been entirely in agreement, but there was one moment of perfect consensus: when Amitabh proclaimed that the State had no business telling tourists or citizens what they could eat or drink.
Algebra, the Arts & Ideas Club brings together a fellowship of people who believe great cities are built not just on infrastructure but a life of the mind; who understand robust and liberal societies need the oxygen of great conversation and nuanced thinking.
At a time when we are increasingly surrounded by rage and noise, Algebra is a live and continuous space for people to come together for a genuine exchange of ideas and exposure to issues; where new seeds could be sparked, fresh perspectives formed, and intelligent connections made.
Algebra – the Arts and Ideas Club is designed to host almost 35 engagements over the year with topline thinkers and practitioners from almost every discipline that impacts human affairs: politics, economy, environment, spirituality, cinema, medicine, science, technology, music, media, literature, the arts, sports, people’s movements, et al.