The part of the Gujarat story that you do not get to here in Tehelka
This blog has long been advocating manufacturing moving to wastelands - we need agriculture to feed ourselves. Food security is bigger even than energy security - you cannot drink crude to stay alive after all.
We need a western-corridor strategy in India to have heavy manufacturing in the desert of Rajasthan and link it to a port/trading network in Gujarat. The transportation costs cannot be huge - they are adjoining states - though geographically spread out. The barriers to overcome are not insurmountable
1- Rajasthan is some way from mineral-ore, raw materials etc. and input cost of goods will be high
2- Rajasthan has huge energy deficits - but Maharashtra and Gujarat are doing well here and can spare energy - which is transportable of course - think future - how about a solar-based manufacturing hub?
3- Railway links through the desert are hard to lay and maintain - I am sure the likes of E Sridharan can do a miracle