India Insight

Q&A: If I fall short on any promise, you can change my name – Nitin Gadkari

September 2, 2015

By Rajesh Kumar Singh and Nidhi Verma

Nitin Gadkari is the man Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assigned to launch a China-style infrastructure boom. Modi drafted in the 58-year-old former president of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party as transport, highways and shipping minister after winning last year’s general election, betting on his reputation for getting the job done.

L&T Infra Finance CEO upbeat on India’s economic recovery by 2015

May 31, 2013

India’s economy recorded its slowest growth in a decade in the fiscal year ending in March but the CEO of L&T Infrastructure Finance, that provides loans to companies such as Jaypee Group to develop roads and other infrastructure, is hopeful of an economic turnaround in less than two years that will boost business prospects.

Tata Power scouts for opportunities abroad

May 29, 2013

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Counting the cost of India’s blackouts

May 16, 2013

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Thirsty Bangalore: all tanked up and nowhere to go

June 27, 2012

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If you live in one of India’s big cities, you share the road with water tankers. They thunder down the streets, delivering water to houses and apartment complexes, often spilling through some invisible leak. Tucked away on side streets, locals throng them with buckets. Tankers are part of an economic ecosystem that are inseparable from a country whose cities teem with millions of people, but whose public utility companies often don’t have enough water to go around.

Navigating the obstacle course of India’s SimCities

October 31, 2011

The Indian government is belatedly waking up to the fact it needs to build new cities and industrial hubs in order to sustain the growth that is supposed to propel the country to super economy status in the 21st century.

Amitabh Kant: India’s ‘can-do’ man

October 27, 2011

Amitabh Kant is a man thinking big things about India’s future.

Working from his New Delhi office, tucked away on the third floor of a government-run luxury hotel, he heads what may be the country’s most ambitious ever infrastructure project: building 24 cities from scratch along a 1483-km railway line.

Indian women hard-pressed to relieve themselves

September 30, 2011

For an Indian man, the entire country is one easy-access urinal. Be it mustard fields, the national highway or the Himalayan foothills — unzipping, unleashing and relieving comes naturally to them. Indian women, unfortunately, do not enjoy the same privilege. For them, infinite patience is a survival skill and a big bladder a necessity.

Survey says doing business in India is tough

November 9, 2010

A big banner of of U.S. President Barack Obama is pictured on a building in Mumbai November 6, 2010. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Even as India Inc celebrates U.S. President Barack Obama’s recognition of the country as a world super power, a recent study by the World Bank presents a contrasting view.