Hindustan Times has this op-ed by C.N.R. Rao, Chairman of Scientific Advisory Board to PM of India. He opens with the statement;
We missed the semiconductor revolution in the early 1950s. We had just gained independence. But with nanoscience and technology, we can certainly be on an equal footing with the rest of the world.
There is a familiar sense of deja vu all over. Did we not hear it all (missed semicon revolution; will do great now). The last I heard ‘now’ was High Tc Superconductivity. CNRR and his clan garnered disproportionate amount of Indian R&D budget then. The only commercial applicaton of High Tc superconductors, as it turned out, was publishing journals.
Nanoscience is not in the same league of High Tc. But,… This man has a track record.