Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday suggested five business ideas that can be quite beneficial for India.
He suggested the ideas by writing a blog on LinkedIn where he also shared his thoughts on how COVID-19 has affected the world.
“It has been a topsy-turvy start to the third decade of this century. COVID-19 has brought with it many disruptions,” Modi wrote.
“Coronavirus has significantly changed the contours of professional life. These days, home is the new office. The Internet is the new meeting room. For the time being, office breaks with colleagues are history,” wrote Modi.
The prime minister also revealed that he is managing his work by holding videoconferences and answering phone calls with people during the period of the nationwide lockdown.
He also gave examples of how people from various professions are working during the lockdown period.
“One is seeing the ways through which people are continuing their work in these times. There are a few creative videos by our film stars conveying a relevant message of staying home. Our singers did an online concert. Chess players played chess digitally and through that contributed to the fight against COVID-19. Quite innovative! ,” he added.
According to Modi, the essential ingredients of any business model in the post-COVID world include adaptability, efficiency, inclusivity, opportunity and universalism.
“The need of the hour is to think of business and lifestyle models that are easily adaptable. Doing so would mean that even in a time of crisis, our offices, businesses and commerce could get moving faster, ensuring loss of life does not occur,” wrote Modi.
“Efficiency cannot only be about- how much time was spent in the office. We should perhaps think of models where productivity and efficiency matter more than the appearance of effort. The emphasis should be on completing a task in the specified time frame,” stated Modi.
“Let us develop business models that attach primacy to care for the poor, the most vulnerable as well as our planet,” he added.
“COVID-19 does not see race, religion, colour, caste, creed, language or border before striking. Our response and conduct thereafter should attach primacy to unity and brotherhood. We are in this together. Unlike previous moments in history, when countries or societies faced off against each other, today we are together facing a common challenge. The future will be about togetherness and resilience,” wrote Modi in his blog.
“The next big ideas from India should find global relevance and application. They should have the ability to drive a positive change not merely for India but the entire humankind,” he added.