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Reverse innovation in India

INGENIOUS AND PRACTICAL: The writer (centre) got to see firsthand, at Bengaluru's biggest children's hospital Vanivilas, the need and impact of a low-cost baby warmer invented by Indian engineers

THEY say necessity breeds innovation. Perhaps there's no other country where this holds more true than India. The needs are overwhelming here. And whether it's refrigerators that run without electricity, heart surgeries for US$800 or the cheapest cars in the world, enterprising Indians and