Saswato R. Das writes about science and technology, and the occasional cultural piece. He is based in New York and has a background in astrophysics. His work has appeared in many leading publications such as the Times of India, Scientific American, New Scientist, the New York Times, etc. His pieces have also appeared in translation in French, German and Italian publications.
It has been slightly more than two decades since India opened up its economy to the world. During this period, rapid economic growth in areas such as software services and trade has created a lot of wealth. Yet, contradictions abound. Everywhere in India -- even its glitziest hotels and ostentatious shopping malls -- abject poverty is only a stone's throw away, just around the corner if not right outside.