Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and an American business maestro, recently visited India. The philanthropist, while touring the country, found the transformations pragmatic and later on, praised India through his official blog, “GatesNotes.”
Bill Gates amazed by India’s innovative growth
In his blog, Gates mentioned the ‘journey of change” taken by the Indians and the significant progressions made in several domains. He appreciated India’s vaccine policy and the methodology adopted for delivering it during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also referred to India’s increasing potential in the healthcare sector and clapped for the efforts India took to eradicate diseases like tuberculosis, visceral leishmaniasis, and lymphatic filariasis.
Mr. Gates was particularly impressed by the development India brought through innovations and upheld the “Gati Shakti” initiative. The initiative is an instance of using digital power to increase the efficiency of governments. He further quoted the nation’s digital payment system and congratulated India for attaining technology-related knowledge.
The Microsoft co-founder expressed his awe toward prioritization of financial inclusion in India and remarked that investing in a digital ID system, or Aadhaar and the creation of innovative platforms for digital banking are “fantastic investments.” He vividly wrote in his blog that, at a time when the globe is battered by an assortment of evils, visiting a dynamic and creative country like India is inspiring.
Mr. Bill Gates also met the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, during his visit. The two erudite individuals discussed key issues on the sidelines of the G20. Taking note of the same, Gates stated that the G20 is a big opportunity for India to show the world the gargantuan leap that the country has taken through innovations and hoped that it will disseminate the knowledge across the globe. During his conversation with Modi, he felt quite optimistic about how a country’s trajectory can change if it strives to prosper.
Apart from lauding New Delhi, Mr. Gates also talked about the “millet khichdi” that he got to taste himself. The khichdi, which is a type of porridge, was cooked for feeding two women as a part of their “Godh Bharai” ceremony, which was organized by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
Gates stunned by the “Green Work”
During his speech, he made a mention “Mission Innovation,” which was launched in 2015. It was announced by the former President of America, Barack Obama, during COP21. The 20 countries, at the time of its launch, committed to an international platform to expand their research and development in the area of clean energy, doubly. One of the countries was India.
Gates said that he is looking forward to the COP28 Summit taking place in December, this year to push the errands of finding new sources of affordable and reliable clean energy in collaboration with India. A news clipping in a National English Daily dated March 3, 2023, revealed the “green initiatives” of Andhra Pradesh and the initiatives that attracted the attention of Bill Gates ahead of the Global Investors Summit (GIS) in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. During the visit, he had reportedly taken a “special interest” in learning about the green energy pumped storage project executed by Greenko Group in Kurnool.
He focused on the efforts taken in the direction of understanding the subtleties of climate change and wrote about his visit to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Pusa. He wrote about his learnings from the institution about how the farmers of the country are acclimatising themselves to the warmer climate. He noted that they are planting basic plants but of new varieties, such as wheat and chickpeas, which are resistant to droughts.
The visit by Bill Gates has surely made the citizens of India aware that the nation is progressing, and eventually, the blood and sweat put up by the nation will shape its future optimistically.