India’s bootless vaccine plans in the face of HLL’s divestment

In Chengalpattu, about 70 km from the southern Indian city of Chennai, is a cluster of buildings spread over 100 acres. These house manufacturing lines, quality-control lines and other units, all set up to manufacture vaccines. This is the Integrated Vaccine Complex (IVC)—the Indian government’s one-stop solution to be self-reliant in producing vaccines to feed … Read more India’s bootless vaccine plans in the face of HLL’s divestment

Exit in sight, Gates Foundation hopes India will foot the vaccine bill

On 25 September, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was felicitated with the Global Goalkeeper Award by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). On the surface, it was recognition for the PM’s Swacch Bharat Abhiyan scheme—a programme that sought to eliminate the practice of open defecation. But there was a lot more riding on this … Read more Exit in sight, Gates Foundation hopes India will foot the vaccine bill

What’s in store for the Gates Foundation in India?

Odds are, you and Bill Gates don’t have the same idea of what constitutes charity. No, not just in terms of the obvious discrepancy in your respective means. But in how you define charity. To most of us, it’s about the simple act of giving. Gates, however, believes in philanthrocapitalism. Not so much giving but … Read more What’s in store for the Gates Foundation in India?

RedDoorz: The unlikely David to OYO’s Goliath in Southeast Asia

If you were looking for the antithesis to OYO, the controversial $10 billion giant, then RedDoorz would be it. Both are budget hotel aggregators with India-born CEOs—Ritesh Agarwal and Amit Saberwal, respectively. The similarities, however, end there. While OYO has aggressively expanded across the globe with the backing of VC giant SoftBank’s bottomless pockets, RedDoorz … Read more RedDoorz: The unlikely David to OYO’s Goliath in Southeast Asia