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The NITI Aayog’s midlife identity crisis

It began as a policy sounding board for the government and a facilitator between the Centre and the states. But during its two-and-a-half year tenure, the NITI Aayog became something else: A marketer and a bit-part executor

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In May 2017, Bengaluru-based cab aggregator Ola launched a pilot of its electric vehicles project in Nagpur. The launch was important, not only because of the ambitions of the government but also the people present there. Union minister Nitin Gadkari and the chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis were both representing their individual constituencies in Nagpur.

Ola’s approach to solving the public transport problem in India has been different from its rival, Uber. So are its policy pitches to the government. For example, Ola’s entry into the electric vehicle (EV) segment. In contrast, Uber believes…

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