At noon on 5 June, even as cross-border tensions between India and China raged, Niti Aayog, the Indian government’s policy think tank, hosted a war council of its own. In attendance were senior officials of the Department of Telecommunications, National Security Council Secretariat, and state-owned telecom operator BSNL. Senior academicians and scientists were also present.
The most important attendees, though, were the executives of Indian software service firms and telecom gear vendors. The purpose of the meeting, after all, was to evaluate the possibility of rolling out a 4G network for the beleaguered BSNL using Indian companies.