India has proven it can tackle big challenges: Bill Gates

The Microsoft co-founder noted that India, like all other nations, has limited resources. But it has shown us that the world can still make progress even with that limitation

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates touted India as a ray of hope for the future. The co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation stated in his blog “Gates Notes,” that India could take-on the big problems of the world simultaneously and solve them, especially when the world is facing several crises. Gates opined that the world would make progress on multiple issues at once if the required innovations and delivery channels are in place to counter cliched responses like, “There isn’t enough time or money to solve both at the same time.”

According to Gates, India proved all such responses wrong. “There is no better proof than the remarkable progress that India has achieved,” Gates remarked in his blog.

“India as a whole gives me hope for the future. It’s about to become the world’s most populous country, which means you can’t solve most problems there without solving them at scale. And yet, India has proven it can tackle big challenges. The country eradicated polio, lowered HIV transmission, reduced poverty, cut infant mortality, and increased access to sanitation and financial services,” said the world’s fifth-richest man.

“Like every other country on the planet, India has limited resources. But it has shown us how the world can still make progress in spite of that constraint. By collaborating and trying novel approaches, the public, private, and philanthropic sectors can turn limited resources into big pools of funding and knowledge that lead to progress. If we work together, I believe we can fight climate change and improve global health at the same time,” he added.

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