The weekly blogside view of the Indian economy (5)

Sizing up the Elephant through perceptions of bloggers…every week

A selection of this week’s posts

From Manish at Sepia Mutiny comes the joy of IPO-ing: Jet Airways’ initial public offering took off, leaving it with greater market capitalisation than several American carriers. With the advent of low-cost carriers and open skies, India’s aviation sector is poised for a dramatic change, observes Reuben Abraham.

No smoke, all mirrors. Mitra (via Suhit Anantula) writes that a village near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh state that has adopted solar energy in a big way.

Kiran has another Indian petroleum update. The Economist too gets excited about Mani Shankar Aiyar and India’s energy deams, writes Reuben Abraham.

Listing recent engagements, Nathan notes that India’s relations with Central Asia are warm.

Tyler Cowen points to a study that suggests that a virus, rather than social preference for male children that is responsible for the skewed male-female ratios in India and China.

Chanakya notes that India’s Left is still looking for ‘radical solutions’, while railing against better relations with the United States. As some leading comrades will be visiting Pakistan shortly, Atanu Dey hopes that they do not return. But they are haunting India’s finance minister as he readies his budget speech, complains Jagadish. Niraj thinks Nobel-laureate Amartya Sen is a Fabian socialist.

Now for the right thing: Parth proposes ITQ as a sustainable solution for the tsunami hit fishermen.

On the technology front, Om Malik covers the latest in India’s broadband battleground. In spite of achievements in science, Selva asks, is India a nation of Luddites? Amit Varma’s post suggests an answer — the good folks at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, have just designed a wind-turbine that can be used to charge mobile phones.

Sumedh Mungee points to a New York Times article on India playing the outsourcing game in life-sciences.

Jagadish notices David Kirkpatrick’s possible intention to retire in India.

On Dalal Street, Harshad Mehta’s dream is coming true.

Sonia Gandhi poured cold water over Bombay’s dreams: Amardeep Singh finds that the numbers do not add up.

And finally, concern for India’s sick poor from some quarters is just a thinly disguised backlash against India’s pharmaceutical industry.

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