NAGPUR: Their chests swell with pride when they tell people they belong to a city that is bang in the centre of India, is perhaps the most cosmopolitan city of the country, and despite its urbanity still has citizens who feel like one big family. They want to add on to this list and, therefore, a group of non-resident Nagpurians have come together with the mission of making the Orange City a global one before this decade ends.
The group called Nagpur First was initiated by Nagpurians now living in the suburbs of Chicago, USA. Individually, they had all been helping the city and its people in some way or the other. The group also helped a lot of non-governmental organizations as well as entrepreneurial endeavours of Nagpur. Their next stop is to bring many global luminaries and visionaries on a common stage to discuss ways of helping the city surge ahead on the path of development and progress.
“Until now, we have not done things ourselves but supported the doers. Through the upcoming Global Nagpur Summit, we will try to play a more active role in the fruition of our aspirations for the city,” informed one of the founder members of Nagpur First, Dinesh Jain. A true-blue Nagpurian, having grown up in the alleys of Itwari, attending institutions like Adarsh Vidya Mandir, Sindhu Mahavidyalaya and Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Jain has lived all across the world since then. However, he still considers Nagpur his home and wishes to come back to live here again. In fact, he is aware of the goings-on here as well as any person residing in the city.
Nagpur First started with only six members living in Naperville, Chicago. Today it has more than 700 members, thanks to social media. “The summit will have three main focus areas. We will bring globally renowned people commenting on Nagpur’s achievements and scope as a city. We would also have discussions on making global investment options available in the city, taking the Nagpur-based companies to the world and challenges of urban development,” Jain informed. The ultimate aim would be to expedite the process of development through citizen engagement, he said.
Commenting on the changes in the city since he left it 30 years ago, Jain said he was pleased to see the road network in the city. “The mushrooming colleges here have also helped create a whole crop of young people who come here for education, fall in love with the city and start an enterprise, contributing to the city’s growth. However, he rues that several cities which were at the same level as Nagpur three decades ago have outshined it.
THE FIRST GLOBAL NAGPUR SUMMIT
Nagpur First, a group of people belonging to the city and keen to contribute toward its growth, have organized the first annual Global Nagpur Summit to be held in December. For more information of the summit or to participate in it, log on to