Ambassador Neelam Deo is the Former Consul General of India in New York. She has a Masters degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and has taught in Kamala Nehru College, Delhi University. Ambassador Deo is a career diplomat of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), with over three decades in the Indian Diplomatic Corps. She has been India's Ambassador to Denmark and Ivory Coast, with concurrent accreditation to Sierra Leone, Niger & Guinea. Prior to her assignment in New York, she led the Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar Division in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, dealing with India's overall relations with these countries. Ambassador Deo has also worked in India's Diplomatic Missions in Washington DC, Bangkok and Rome. She is married to Dr. Pramod Deo, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service who is currently the Chairman of the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission in Mumbai, and they have one daughter.
Question: Where do you see India in 10 years?
Neelam Deo: I think, the pace of change is growing, so I think you will see. Also, India because it’s a young country, you know, more than 50% of the population is below the age of 25. So, I think you will see a more youthful culture, more exuberant in many ways, more matter of fact. And this culture is contributing already and will contribute even more to the growth of housing, for example, young people buying homes. I think, we’ll have a lot more cars on the roads.
Certainly, a young population that is very gripped by technology changes and very open to everything that the digital age offers. So, I think we’re going to see in India in which certain divides will still be there. You will see young urban Indians very tech savvy, very connected to the urban cultures. You will still have people living in our villages in very traditional ways as they do today and I think that they will continue at least for the next 10, 15, 20 years. And so we will be, I think, at a different level but as we joke in India about how we live in all the ages at the same time.