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DELHI, India – We’re at the ITechLaw Conference (5th International Asian Conference) for two days in Delhi at the newly opened Leela Hotel in Gurgaon. This is the new business center of Delhi (actually, it’s just outside the Delhi city limits). The area is concentrated with businesses and new office buildings (think of it as the Alpharetta of Delhi).

The ITech Law Conference includes lawyers from throughout the world. My law partner, Jason D’Cruz (Chair of the MMM IndUS Group), will be speaking at the conference. We’re also meeting with leaders in the Delhi business and technology communities. See the – and the goat pasture on the surrounding countryside (connected to the toll booth):

• Like Bangalore, Delhi has a subway system under construction (in Bangalore, it may be years before the system is fully operational). Delhi appears to have a much better subway system and is expanding it. Unfortunately, the expansion is causing even more severe traffic problems.

More cows, rickshaws and people in Delhi than in Bangalore.

• If traffic weren’t bad enough, Delhi adds toll booths to the equation. One of the largest tollbooths in Asia is the front door to Gurgaon (see the following video of one of the ‘old model’ toll booths).

• I’m hearing fewer car horns than in Bangalore. (Having now travelled another two kilometers in the inner city of Delhi, I retract my previous statement.)

• Anything infrastructure is a growth opportunity in India – streets, power, power backup, energy, nuclear, etc.

The Indian economy is being driven much like the typical Indian driver. In many cars, the side view mirrors have been pushed in (or removed) to allow more room to maneuver the vehicle. The driver is interested in one thing – what’s going on ahead of him. There’s no time to look back.

The Indian economy is the same – it’s moving full speed ahead without time to waste looking in the mirror at what has already been passed by.