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Founder's Message

Founder
MR M.R. JAISHANKAR
CMD
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We are in the middle of the 2024 parliamentary elections. What the resilient Indian economy needs is a stable government with a vision to make India into a seven trillion dollar economy by 2030, and to give ‘a better quality of life’ to its large masses. By June, we will know who will be in the saddle to lead the country for the next five years.

The huge population of India, what seemed like a curse few decades back, is now being portrayed as a ‘demographic dividend’ with 60% of India’s population below 35 years of age. The growth in GDP and, in turn, increase in per capita income is surely helping millions of Indians to come out of poverty month after month, thereby increasing domestic demand for products and services. PM Modi’s push to increase manufacturing activity through PLI and other schemes is slowly but surely helping create lakhs of blue collar jobs, although Vietnam seems to have over taken India in benefitting from the China Plus One strategy of MNCs.

While the world is chugging along with all the strife in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, one never knows when and what will upset the delicate balance that is making many countries function as if ‘nothing is happening around them’, and everything is ‘bold and beautiful’! Terrorism in dierent forms is the greatest threat to development and existence in the world. Israel’s response to the Palestinian terrorist activities is too severe and tough for us Indians to understand, as we are used to the soft pedalling nature of our governments in the past. It is very important for the ongoing conflicts to end for peace and co-existence.

The Indian economy is generally firing on all cylinders, and I wish it continues to do so, thereby helping achieve the aspirations of millions of Indians. With a higher educated younger population from rural areas seeking new pastures, urbanisation is increasing, as witnessed earlier in China and many other countries. Most countries with high industrialisation have upwards of 65-70% of its population in urban centres, as compared to 35-38% of Indians in urban centres due to India's economy still being dependent on agriculture in a big way. With greater urbanisation, one can imagine the increase in demand for housing and necessities like clean air, food, water, entertainment and good infrastructure.

Happy to record the good performance of Brigade in the financial year closing March 2024. We made fresh sales exceeding 7.50 million square feet, earned lease rental income of upwards INR 900 crores, and all eight operating star hotels posting best results.

The momentum for growth will continue as long as the Indian economy continues to perform well. There is no doubt on this aspect. We are still a country with a low per capita income below USD 3000, and a low global ranking of 125 out of 200 countries. One needs to look towards China to know what happens to the country’s economy and prosperity of its people when the per capita increases to $5,000 or $7,000 or more.

The Global Business Forum 2024 of WTC Association New York, hosted by our World Trade Center Bengaluru in March was a resounding success with the participation of more than 200 international delegates.

Jt. Managing Director, Nirupa Shankar qualifying as an ‘Ironman’ at the Copenhagen event is a phenomenal achievement due to the sheer toughness and endurance required.

As part of our CSR initiatives, Brigade is happy to have undertaken the much required renovation of the well-known state government owned Venkatappa Art Gallery. It should reopen by the end of the year. The 108-bed hospital, a philanthropic initiative in association with St. John's Medical College Hospital is in its final stage of completion at Brigade Meadows, Bengaluru South.

In closing, we should all hope and pray that our country and our state get a good monsoon to bring smiles to both rural and urban population alike, including the parched throats of Bangaloreans.

JAI HIND.


—Jaishankar CMD, Brigade.

 

ARCHIVE INDEX
"A few thoughts…" is a column that our CMD Mr M.R. Jaishankar writes regularly for our house journal Brigade Insight. A few of his columns are reproduced here."
April 2013

BY the time this issue reaches its readers, suspense over the Karnataka Assembly Elections will be over. I hope and pray we get a stable government which can give us good governance. The patient and hospitable citizens of Karnataka deserve a government that cares about the development of the State and the welfare of its people. Going by past experience, is this a case of wishful thinking and expecting too much?

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The political situation in the Centre is a cause for even greater concern. In another year, if not earlier, the nation will go to the polls to elect a new government. So we are sure to witness all kinds of permutations and combinations amongst the political parties, with the common purpose of unseating the current government. Narendra Modi gives us hope, but it remains to be seen whether internal NDA politics will trouble him more than his competitors. His performance at the India Today Conclave was brilliant.

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After allowing the steadily growing economy to slide, our government seems to have woken up from a deep slumber. They are making the right noises and pronouncements. Investors and businessmen would want the feel good factor to come back. Whether it is too little, too late, is the question. International money is fungible. International investors don't have patience or any special love for India. Although India, with its vast population, has tremendous potential, erratic policies of the government can lead to the flight of capital. Political uncertainty for the next one year will certainly not help our cause.

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The silver lining for Indian business may come from positive developments elsewhere. With the US economy showing signs of recovery and the worst being over in Europe and Japan, the world economy is more likely to bounce back than slide. The decrease in prices of gold and oil is a definite indicator of better times ahead. How much of a rub off effect it will have on India remains to be seen.

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I tend to feel that big brother China has taken undue advantage of our country's political instability. We are left with the impression of being surrounded on all sides by them. On the east, they have control over 
two strategic islands in the Bay of Bengal near the Andaman Islands, thanks to Burma. On the west, they plan to build a highway cutting across Pakistan to access the Arabian Sea. On the south, they have entered Sri Lanka. It is extremely important that our government protects the sovereignty of the nation.

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2013 should be a better year for Brigade Group; having launched a few projects already and with the imminent launch of several more projects in the Whitefield area. After much effort, we entered the Hyderabad market with the launch of premium apartments—Brigade at No. 7—in the prime Banjara Hills area.

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As part of our CSR and neighbourhood improvement initiative, we redeveloped the 3-acre BBMP Park, adjacent to the 17th Cross Malleswaram over-bridge. The newly greened and developed park has been well appreciated by its many users. The 5-acre open space on the other side of the bridge is being developed into a nice playground for multipurpose activities. This will be especially enjoyed by children. Incidentally, while on the subject of children, our Brigade Foundation is amongst the first to have embraced RTE students in all its three schools.

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What commitment, determination and innovation can do to urban living is aptly demonstrated by the city Medellin in Colombia, South America. Let us hope against hope that Bangalore will experience a similar reinvention, to make it “a greater city than any other city and a city of the future”, in the words of our first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.



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