MTNL in Coma

Harassed by tardy maintenance of the MTNL’s transmission lines and underground cable thefts, its subscribers migrated gradually to other telecom service providers.

An airline for sale

The fall of Air India has coincided with the rise of private airlines. While the behemoth, hamstrung by bureaucracy, could not match the agility of smaller players, crony capitalism also played an important part in Air India's downfall. This is hardly surprising; State enterprises offering consumer services like BSNL and MTNL are in a similar position for similar reasons.