Clearly the industrial fair at Hannover seems to be all about Germany and the partner nation this year — India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited various pavilions set up by 14 Indian states and by German and Indian companies.
The Prime Minister was also accompanied by Union commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Amitabh Kant, secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), who coined the ‘Make in India’ slogan.
While the ‘lion’, the symbol of ‘Make in India’ could be seen all over Hannover starting from the airport, the Indian pavilion was enthused and people greeted Prime Minister with the chant of ‘Modi-Modi’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.
India Inc was also present in significant numbers at the Messe. While Gautam Adani of the Adani Group and Nikhil Meswani of Reliance Industries Limited were seen moving around together, chairman of Tata Sons Cyrus Mistry was seen interacting with the Madhya Pradesh commerce and industry minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia. Even Ajay Shriram of the Shriram Group, CK Birla of the CK Birla Group and BK Goenka of the Welspun Group were also present at the Indian pavilion.
The Indian Pavilion has been designed on the principle of Vaastu with the pavilion split in 9 squares and the ceiling having a flower. The pavilion showcasing Indian culture and the country’s progress in the space technology, was designed and developed over the last two-and-half months.
While around 25 officials were working at the design stage, close to 125 worked over the last fortnight to set it up.
Though the government has made a big effort in promoting ‘Make in India’ in Germany, contrasting opinions emerged out of the event. While RIL’s chief representative in Europe, Mohan Murti said that more effort was needed to develop a perspective and perception about India which was missing, the head of another major company in India said that, “The ease of doing business has not happened on the ground and it is time now for the government to get it rolling.”