Agenda for India

    It has been more than a month since UPA government came back to power but still they are hashing out the 100-day agenda of the government. Before any government makes any policy decision or sets the nation on to a course for the future, it should take into account hopes and aspirations of the people.

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    Ideally speaking, the government should take cognizance of the opinion of experts prior to formulating its future course of action. To facilitate this process, decided to turn to well placed professionals from the Indian Muslim community, and ask these experts to identify the main challenges facing almost every facet of the Indian economy – agriculture, health, education, finance, industry, real estate, information technology, telecom, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, textiles & fashion and sports. The experts we spoke to did not only list challenges, but also shared their opinion on remedial measures to speed up growth and development. presents “Agenda for India” covering 13 sectors that are important for India. Series editor is Charu Bahri.


    Agriculture: Dr Iqbal Ahmad, Reader, Department of Agricultural Microbiology, Aligarh Muslim University.

    Biotechnology: Professor M Saleemuddin, Professor and Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Unit and former Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University.

    Education: Parvez Ahmed, Educational Coordinator & Faculty Member, Indian Plastics Institute.

    Finance: Chartered accountant Abdur Rauf Shaikh, Founder of Shaikh A A & Associates.

    Foreign Affairs: Dr Saleem Kidwai of the Centre for Canadian, US and Latin American Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

    Health: Dr Ahmad S Mecklai, Chief of Operations and Projects-in-charge, Prince Aly Khan Hospital.

    Industry: Soeb Fatehi, Principal Consultant, Encode; Director, Control Panel and Switchgear Manufacturers’ Association and sitting member, Western Suburb Center Committee, Bombay Management Association & Electronics and Telecom Committee, Indian Merchants Chamber.

    Information Technology: Information technology professionals Amin Ismaili and his wife Shahin Ismaili, both of whom work as Assistant Systems Engineers with TATA Consultancy Services Ltd.

    Judiciary: Professor Tahir Hasan Khan, Dean, Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia.

    Pharmaceutical Industry: Dr Khalid Khan, Managing Director, Fermish Clinical Technologies Pvt. Ltd. is also a regulatory consultant to the Indian pharmaceutical industry.

    Real Estate: Reza Kabul, Principal Architect and Founder, ARK Consultants Private Ltd.

    Telecom: Yusuf Motiwala, Founder & CEO, TringMe.

    Textile and Fashion Industry: Aboobacker Siddique Moosa, Founder of Wahid Exports, a leading fabric and clothing manufacturer in south India.

    Sports: Noor Mohammad, Director, Physical Education, Jamia Millia Islamia.