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I would be nowhere without my last name: Ananya Birla at ‘Ideas of India’ Summit 3.0

Ananya Birla
Mumbai, India: On the inaugural day of ABP Network’s flagship event, the ‘Ideas of India’ Summit 3.0, Ananya Birla, Social Entrepreneur and Artist and Navya Naveli Nanda, Podcaster, Founder, Project Naveli and Co-Founder, Nimaya Foundation shared their views on the theme ‘The Next-Gen: A Different Vibe’ in Mumbai on Friday.
Giving a peek into the minds of Gen-Z and the feel of the next-gen vibe, Ananya Birla, shared a refreshing perspective of what the new India wants. “I realised early on that in our society that women didn’t have the freedom to do what they wanted because they were not financially independent. I think once a woman is financially independent, that takes the edge off a little bit, and to do that has been my mission. Svatantra means ‘freedom,’ and I started Svatantra at 17, and today, it stands as the second-largest microfinance institution in India.”
Speaking about her artistic pursuits, Ananya Birla, expressed, “The turning point in my life came when I went to Oxford and struggled with my mental health. Music became my solace, and performing gigs allowed me to express myself. Balancing music and business is a constant challenge, but I am grateful for the support of my family. I would be nowhere without my last name and I feel like I am adding to the family legacy, and it has been a huge blessing. As soon as you become more comfortable in your skin, you become better.”
Navya Naveli Nanda
Having taken a different route than her famous Bollywood family members, Navya Naveli Nanda, spoke about her journey as podcaster, and shared, “Doing the podcast with my mother and grandmother has been fun. They have always been very opinionated women, never shying away from voicing opinions and we have tried to keep it organic. For me, carrying forward a legacy or surname is about making my family proud and achieving my own ambitions. I have been given opportunities most girls my age wouldn’t get, and I credit that to my family.”
Advocating for social responsibility, Navya expressed, “Giving back is both a moral and individual choice, we must give back in whatever way we can. The past three years have been about creating impact and feeling a personal responsibility for the work I carry forward, while also creating a separate identity for myself.”
The ABP Network’s ‘Ideas of India’ Summit 3.0 spotlighting the ‘The People’s Agenda’ brought a confluence of ideas and ideators to a common platform celebrating the country’s people and its plurality. The two-day summit hosted policymakers, cultural ambassadors, industry experts, celebrities, business leaders, economists, and leading luminaries to delve into the fundamental ideas of liberty, justice, equality, and diversity that define India, its society, culture, and politics. The meaningful deliberations on diverse topics had the brightest minds across sectors providing insights about the nation’s trajectory and its journey to become Viksit Bharat.



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