Last week, world headlines buzzed with Elon Musk’s announcement that he was shelving his audacious bid for social media platform Twitter. Away from the media spotlight, questions are being asked about the maverick billionaire’s plans in India, too.
A few days ago, a Reuters report said Musk’s flagship Tesla had put on hold its plan to launch electric cars in India. Tesla has abandoned its search for showroom space, reassigned its small India team around the globe and set itself a deadline next year of February 1, when the Union Budget is usually announced, to check whether its demand for a sharp duty reduction in imported electric vehicles (EVs) is accepted (the prognosis: highly unlikely).
Starlink, Musk’s satellite broadband service, is also