Aman Puri and Manish Malhotra at the special session about environment at the India Pavilion.
Gulf Today Staff Reporter
Aman Puri, Consul-General of India in Dubai and Deputy Commission-General for India at Expo 2020 Dubai said Monday that safeguarding the environment was our duty as citizens of India. He also stated that we must all work together to achieve this goal. “As India is home to 18% of the world’s population, it is our responsibility to do our best in sustaining the environment. In line with the Hon’ble PM, Shri Narendra Modi’s vision presented at the COP26 this year, India is working relentlessly to contribute to the global good,” he added. Puri was speaking at an exclusive session on the importance to safeguard the environment at Expo 2020 Dubai. This special session was attended by Sania Mirza (Indian tennis star), and Manish Malhotra (Indian fashion designer, entrepreneur, and filmmaker).
Adding further, Puri said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the need to work together in ensuring the greater good. Similarly, to ensure the safety of the environment, we must all collaborate and work towards taking care of the environment.” Puri also talked about the focus on innovations in this sector and the steps taken by the India Pavilion to ensure these state-of-the-art ideas are given a platform. He said, “At India Pavilion, our focus is to showcase innovative ideas from startups across sectors that offer solutions to transform the world.
The Innovation Hub at India Pavilion aims to display unconventional solutions by upcoming startups and has been successful in providing a platform to these ideas, especially in the sustainability and energy conservation sector.” Speaking about the success of Indian startups, Puri highlighted Thaely, a revolutionary startup from India that showcased its vision at the Innovation Hub recently. The startup, which makes sneakers from upcycled plastic bags, recently received funding interest by Anand Mahindra (Chairman of the Mahindra Group).
Sania Mirza spoke on the occasion and stressed that sustainability and environment should be more frequently discussed. “It doesn’t need to be big things but even smaller steps like sharing cars, cycling or walking could contribute towards making a healthier environment. It’s not something we think about, but even small steps can make a big difference. She said that it is important to raise awareness about the issue and to bring as much attention as possible. Adding his views, Manish Malhotra said, “Saving the environment is an issue that we all have to be cautious of, especially for the coming generations.
Many young fashion designers are now looking for sustainable solutions in design and production. We have to be conscious of our actions in day-to-day life and work towards contributing to a healthy environment.” The event was also attended by Asif Bhamla, President, Bhamla Foundation, Surender Nanda, Owner, Taj Hotels, Business Bay, Dubai, and Mohd. Sarhan, Country Head for India and Nepal, Emirates Airlines.