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The BBC recently voted Chandigarh as the most perfect city in the world. In the midst of defining what a "smart city" really is and a massive government program to spur private sector investments in Indian cities, Chandigarh's new "designation" should raise some eyebrows. There is nothing "futuristic" as such about it, and there are some areas where signs of "development" are barely visible. Yet, despite its shortcomings, the residents of Chandigarh simply love the city -- predominantly because of the aesthetic of its design and master plan.
The 'Make in India' story has great potential, but it needs a design component to be a wild success. It is 'Design in India' that will allow India to be much more than an outsourced production hub like China. It's 'Design in India' which will allow us to take our rightful place among global economies, marrying our tech and IT skills with our design heritage.