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Gautam Adani Hails Congress Reforms and Modi’s Tenure as Catalysts for India’s Economic Ascent

Gautam Adani, Chairman of the Adani Group, recently praised the economic reforms of 1991, initiated during the Congress rule, as the crucial foundation of India’s economic progress. He referred to the post-2014 period as the phase where India’s economy truly took off.

“If the period between 1991 and 2014 was about laying the foundations and building the runway, the period from 2014 to 2024 has been about the aircraft taking off,” Adani stated during a closed-door CRISIL Infrastructure Summit in Mumbai. The summit saw attendance from executives of both financial and non-financial institutions, all sharing a vested interest in India’s infrastructure development.

Adani underscored the significance of the reforms introduced by the late Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao and then Finance Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. He described these reforms as a watershed moment in India’s economic history. In 1991, the central government led by Congress introduced sweeping economic reforms aimed at liberalization, privatization, and globalization, marking a major turning point for the nation. Adani’s own conglomerate, which began as a trading company in 1988, has since grown exponentially, capitalizing on these reforms.

The Role of Governance in Economic Take-off

Adani attributed the quality of governance as the single most important catalyst for the economic take-off seen in the past decade. He drew parallels between India’s economic journey and that of his own conglomerate, noting that over the past 30 years, the Adani Group has leveraged these economic drivers to become a global leader in sectors such as energy, cement, and infrastructure.

Despite their success across various sectors, Adani identified infrastructure, particularly for energy transition and digital infrastructure, as emerging trillion-dollar opportunities. “Nothing holds more potential than the energy transition space and the digital infrastructure space,” Adani asserted. He also reiterated his group’s ambitious plans to invest $100 billion in the next decade in the energy transition sector.

Investment in Digital Infrastructure

Regarding digital infrastructure, Adani highlighted the group’s substantial involvement. “We already have India’s largest order book for data centres and are now in discussions for additional gigawatt-scale green artificial intelligence data centres, which we are uniquely positioned to deliver,” he stated. This underscores the group’s strategic focus on building advanced digital infrastructure to support India’s growing data and technology needs.

Future Economic Projections

Looking ahead, Adani shared his optimistic expectations for the Indian economy. “Given the pace at which India is growing and the way the government has been executing social and economic reforms, I anticipate that within the next decade, India will start adding a trillion dollars to its gross domestic product every 12-18 months. This will put us well on track to be a $30 trillion economy by 2050,” he projected.

In summary, Gautam Adani’s reflections at the CRISIL Infrastructure Summit underscore the critical role of historical economic reforms and robust governance in shaping India’s economic trajectory. His vision for the future emphasizes significant opportunities in energy transition and digital infrastructure, supported by substantial planned investments. Adani’s confident outlook suggests a prosperous path ahead for India’s economy, poised for unprecedented growth in the coming decades.

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Jhumpa Lahiri

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