- May 23, 2011
But first we have to recognize that a war is looming, which we have refused to accept since the last decade. All of this works only if the private sector is ushered in, even at the cost of PSUs. They do not have the capacity or motivation to handle such an initiative. Majority of our engineers would require months of retraining to be employable in high-tech sector though, not saying it can't be done.The war-effort will need mostly low-tech stuff such as infantry equipment, 'dumb' ammunition, MREs, etc. India has a vast population of electronics engineers who can graduate to semiconductor manufacturing.
And we did almost nothing to persuade them. We had enough consumption of electronics in-house that we could have sustained an industry as well as innovation had we had the technology (hook or crook). Our blossoming industries got crushed because we were playing good boys for WTO against people that were breaking every rule in the book.India not playing a role in global semiconductor manufacturing has more to do with geopolitics than lack of talent. The west decided that small countries like Costa Rica, Malta, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore, become semiconductor manufacturing counter-magnets to the Chinese. It didn't want to create another China by investing in India for semiconductors, electronics and ICT.
If the entirety of our success in this field is dependent on West's approval, then it is a lost cause, imo. They will never make the China mistake again. If high tech manufacturing is moving anywhere after this, it will be back home.If the west decides that India should make semiconductors, the biggest fabs can come up even in places like Dantewada,