Hyderabad, home to about 6.6 million people, has become a green, prosperous hub for computer programming, telephone call centers and drug manufacturing. But most of the state’s 76 million people still live in rural villages where change has been slow, and where a two-year drought has brought considerable suffering.
Andhra Pradesh is nonetheless becoming an international model for certain public policies. Some involve little details, like using automation to cut the time needed to get a new driver’s license to two hours from two days, or quintupling the number of trees in Hyderabad to make it one of India’s greenest, most livable cities.
One of my Japanese friends is planning to move to India to teach Japanese to Indian programmers and IT service people so that they can extend their market beyond the US to other nations. This will be very interesting to watch.