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Need For Speed: Why Policymakers Need To Give Air Travel Top Priority

Last month, a relative of mine returned from the UK after five long years. When I asked him what he felt coming back to India, he said that it was like travelling in a tram after a bullet train ride. Life had slowed down. Transportation, in particular, was painfully slow. In the course of our conversation, he asked me whether we still considered aviation as a luxury or as an essential commodity. This question got me thinking and as a researcher, I turned to numbers for answers.
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The Myth Of The Indian Aviator

Much of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade's life and how he went about inventing his flying machine is cloaked in mystery. He is a much-discussed subject on some websites, much of the conversation soaked in faux nationalism and less in research. According to most versions, he invented the aircraft by drawing upon the ideas of aviation outlined in Vedic texts.