India @ 75 : Count Me In

Captains of India Inc and eminent personalities from across professions took a pledge to start a people’s movement — “Count me in – Together we shall do it” — at the launch of ‘India@75: Call to Action’, here on Thursday. The aim is to achieve a holistic three-dimensional development of India to be able to acquire enough strength, technological vitality and moral leadership by the end of 75 years of Independence.
Industry leaders like Cyrus Mistry, chairman, Tata Sons, Rahul Bajaj, chairman, Bajaj Group, Adi Godrej, chairman, Godrej Group, S Gopalakrishnan, co-founder of Infosys and chairman of CII, Sumit Mazumder, managing director, TIL, and Sanjiv Bajaj, managing director, Bajaj Financial Services, took the pledge in a path-breaking grassroots people’s movement originally conceptualized by late professor C K Prahalad.
Arun Maira, member, Planning Commission, R A Mashelkar, former director general, CSIR, noted advocate Mahesh Jethmalani, Priya Dutt, MP, and Viren Rasquinha, former captain of India’s national hockey team were also present.
The concept was adopted by CII to bring together all stakeholders, including the industry, government, institutions, community groups and individuals to translate the vision into reality.
Speaking at the event, Adi Godrej, chairman, India@75 Foundation, said, “India@75 is a people’s movement. It is by the people, for the people. This movement has gained momentum thanks to the support from distinguished individuals from various walks of life. I urge every Indian to be a part of this significant initiative. Let’s join this movement and achieve an inclusive, sustainable and developed India by 2022, when India completes 75 years of independence.”
Echoing similar feelings, Cyrus Mistry, chairman, Tata Group, said, “The thought behind ‘Count Me In’, which Indians can step up and volunteer, individually or collectively, is a simple but powerful one. The India@75 initiative is as much about the spirit of community and commitment, as it is about the value of the contribution made — a wonderful way to bind the nation’s citizens in a common cause.”
Over a 100 leaders from different sections of society took the pledge to say, “Count me in — together we shall do it!” The occasion also saw the launch of the India@75 theme song, penned by Javed Akhtar. The song is composed by Lalit Pandit and sung by Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik.

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