iSPIRT’s Sharad Sharma focusses on need to make India ‘product nation’
July 31, 2021

Isha Insight: iSPIRT’s Sharad Sharma focusses on need to make India a ‘product nation’

LONDON (UK) – The second day of Isha Leadership Academy’s ‘Isha Insight: The DNA of Success’ began on a healthy note on Saturday with a refreshing Work Beyond Stress session combining yogic practices, meditation and insights from Indian yogi and mystic Sadhguru in the morning.

It was followed by an enthralling session on ‘Transforming Healthcare in India and Emerging Opportunity’ led by Sharad Sharma, an evangelist of the software production ecosystem of India. He is the co-founder of iSPIRT (Indian Software Product Industry Round Table) Foundation, which is a non-profit technology think-tank.

He stressed the need to transform India and make it a ‘product nation’. “We are the oldest living civilisation in the world, we have to do it for our own people and the rest of the world, we have to do it for our own future,” he said. “When you do things out of ‘No Greed-No Glory’ and you pursue your passion, it allows you to bring all of yourself to what you do. When you pursue your passion, there is no work and leisure mindset – this is the source of happiness. This leads to becoming more competent,” Sharma said.

Then followed a tete a tete with Indian FMCG major Britannia’s MD Varun Berry, which was hosted by Ajay Kaul, former CEO, Jubilant FoodWorks. Varun spoke on how Britannia overcame the pandemic crisis and boosted profits. He encouraged entrepreneurs to stay focussed and find opportunity in adversity.

The three-day virtual event was launched on Friday by Sadhguru and is aimed at helping entrepreneurs explore the art of scaling up the business as well as one’s own self as a leader. Led by Sadhguru, the sessions are facilitated by noted Indian entrepreneur B S Nagesh, founder of TRRAIN and executive vice-chairman of Shoppers Stop Ltd.

The event is being attended by 350 entrepreneurs and they include CEOs, potential CEOs and senior business executives apart from founders and promoters of SMEs who want to see their enterprises grow to a global stature. It offers them a platform for interaction as well as the chance to view the success saga of towering figures in the business sphere and explore the DNA of success.

On the first day of the event, Sadhguru, who heads Isha Foundation, delivered the welcome address remotely from the Isha Institute of Inner Sciences in Tennessee, USA. He acknowledged the impact of the pandemic, including the fatalities and the loss inflicted on businesses and economies. However, he said most people misunderstand coronavirus as the “greatest disaster to hit this generation of people”, which he said was an exaggeration.

Sadhguru said the only way to keep the pandemic at bay is by “conscious and responsible behaviour”. Pointing to the fact that many businesses are suffering, he said entrepreneurs should explore opportunities in challenging situations, adding that they need to open their ‘inner eye’ and have insight to turn adversity into opportunity.

During the three days, participants also get a chance to link up with more than 900 entrepreneurs who have already benefitted from previous Insight editions and it is the best platform to network and share insights. Isha Leadership Academy, which is part of the Isha Foundation, provides the highest quality of leadership education in India. It has been hosting leadership forums focussed on scaling up leadership, talent management and innovation with C-level attendees.

Sadhguru’s clarity of perception and deep understanding of spirituality, environment, business and international affairs, make him a much sought after speaker at world forums and in the media. Isha Foundation has a volunteer base of more than 11 million around the world and he strives to achieve the mammoth goal of raising human consciousness.

He has penned several bestsellers and they include ‘Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy’, which was a New York Times Bestseller. The latest is ‘Death: An Inside Story’ published in February this year. His biography is ‘More Than a Life’ penned by poet-writer Arundhathi Subramaniam.

Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic, visionary and a New York Times bestselling author. Named one of India’s 50 most influential people, his work has touched the lives of millions worldwide through transformational programmes. His approach does not ascribe to any belief system, but offers powerful and proven methods for self-transformation. Sadhguru’s flagship programme, Inner Engineering Online, is currently free for healthcare professionals and at half price for all others.

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