Innovative technology in real-life use is transforming India’s IT landscape, writes a tech expert.

When I was growing up in the 1970s, electronics was just something fun – my electronics kit that my parents bought me allowed me to make simple circuits that could switch on a bulb as soon as it went dark, or create metronomes or other seemingly non-useful things. However, now, electronics and technology underpins everything, and for me the fun that I had as a child has become useful in the world around us.

Rolls-Royce started its relationship with India over 80 years ago with its engines powering the first civil and military aircraft in the country. Chris Cholerton, President – Defence Aerospace at one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the sector, tells ‘India Investment Journal’ how a focus on technology and capability transfer has contributed towards India’s sustainable growth.

How is Rolls-Royce supporting the India growth story?

Today, as an investor, a high skills employer and a supplier of power systems across aerospace, marine, nuclear and industrial, we are developing a significant portfolio of activity in India to undertake progressively more complex activity across the engineering, manufacturing and supply chain domain. We believe in India’s inherent strengths and are well-positioned to support the government in its commitment to ‘Make in India’ and in other socio-economic initiatives such as ‘Smart Cities’ ‘Skilling’ etc.

It was billed as a clear signal of a very special relationship that Theresa May had chosen India as her first major bilateral visit outside Europe since taking charge as British Prime Minister. However, if she thought that trade and investment talks can be divorced from concerns over the UK’s ever tightening visa regime, she was in for a surprise.

Amazon’s India chief presents case studies to show how the global e-commerce giant is using technology to evolve and transform lives in this exclusive article for ‘India Investment Journal’.

As a rule, Nadeem would come across as a predictable face in a ‘National Geographic’ documentary on Mumbai’s humming Dharavi. His job in a small leather workshop earned him just enough to meet household expenses. However, the changing growth dynamics brought him to his destiny; an opportunity to do business on his own through the ecommerce platform of Amazon’s Global Selling Program. Nadeem promptly registered on the platform and took off, listing original leather jackets at attractive prices. Today, Nadeem does business worth over $8,000 each month on and intends to focus more on expanding his online business.

Manohar Parrikar has taken on the task of India’s defence minister with gusto, writes senior columnist Ashok Malik exclusively for ‘India Investment Journal’.

As India’s defence minister, Manohar Parrikar has a multiplicity of tasks before him, a menu more challenging than that on offer to many recent predecessors.

A BJP veteran and popular chief minister in the coastal state of Goa, Parrikar, 61 this year, was requested to move to Delhi in November 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s search for a defence minister yielded no suitable options in the capital. Between May and November 2014, in the early months of the BJP-led government, Arun Jaitley had doubled as finance and defence minister but that was not sustainable.

The Modi government’s Make in India initiative has led to a number of Indian companies entering the defence sector. In this exclusive interview, Baba Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Forge Ltd, one of the early movers in the defence manufacturing space among Indian private sectors, tells India Inc’s Consulting Editor Arnab Mitra about the opportunities, problems and future of the sector.