Once the darling of investors, Maharashtra seemed to have lost its way in the middle but is now charging forward again.
In mid 2015 when a delegation from Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn was scouting for a suitable destination for investments in India and South East Asia, the western state of Maharashtra was not even in their initial list of considerations. States such as Gujarat that has a reputation as being most friendly for business, Karnataka that has an established Information and Technology hub, and Andhra Pradesh which is rebuilding and aggressively wooing potential investors with sops after Telangana was carved out of it, were the first stops. Also in contention were countries like Indonesia and Malaysia that also have a reputation for being investment friendly and share greater cultural linkages with the Chinese firm.
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