K Srinath Reddy, a cardiologist and epidemiologist, is president of the Public Health Foundation of India. He has served as head of cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and president of the World Heart Federation. He was the first Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Global Cardiovascular Health at Harvard University and holds adjunct professorships at the universities of Harvard, Emory, Sydney and Pennsylvania. An International Member of the US National Academy of Medicine, he also co-chairs the Health Thematic Group of the United Nations Sustainable Solutions Network. The views expressed here are personal.