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Maharashtra’s opaque road projects

Maharashtra was one of the first states in India to actively involve the private sector in infrastructure projects. But the state has not displayed the same ingenuity in providing information…

Is the Gujarat growth story for real? Apparently, yes

Now that the people of Gujarat will be passing judgment on Narendra Modi all over again, it is worth taking a closer look at his development model, and whether it…

HAL leans on domestic monopoly

India has been spending approximately Rs 10,000 crore to Rs 11,000 crore every year to import arms. But, with debates on India’s defence preparedness hotting up and a greater stress…

Down the drain: India’s costly (and losing) irrigation battle

The Central government has spent nearly Rs 200,000 crore from the First Five-Year Plan to create an irrigation potential of around 109 million hectare. But the efforts have lagged considerably, affecting the country’s ability…

The race to build in Africa

Indian aid to Africa is mostly focused on capacity building and knowledge sharing. Total aid to Africa during 2011-2012 was Rs 150 crore ($27.5 million), quite a contrast to just…

A Rs 66,000-cr infrastructure intervention that needs more fuel

Half of India’s 1.2 billion populace will live in urban areas in 25 years, as compared to 27.82 per cent presently. How prepared are we for this? The Rs 66,000-crore…

World’s Most Economical Missile Programme?

The recent launch of the Agni 5, the intercontinental ballistic missile, makes it a good time to look at how the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is managing its…

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