India will soon be approaching the 75th year of its independence. The economy is in an upswing mode with phenomenal investments in the infrastructure areas, especially in the maritime domain. Ports, shipping, and allied service providers are creating mega facilities for the coming decade. Detailed plans and VISION documents have been made public through SAGARMALA and Maritime India Vision 2030. These demand policy alignments and some of these are being put in place; rationally, however, this could be reviewed and care exercised in implementation, with a rearview on the infrastructural alignment and efficiency from the past records.
Prof. Mihir K Das, a veteran in Indian Maritime Domain, having four decades of intensive exposure, in public and private ports, shipping, and academics, has published a 300 plus page book covering the hotly debated areas of maritime development policies in India. These are logically linked with the road, rail, inland waterways, ship-building, ship-financing, risk management, and many more. The book has 14 chapters, each dedicated to these specific areas with razor-sharp analysis.
It bridges the vacuum in the literature covering commercial and operational policy issues in the Indian maritime domain, as often the literature leads us to strategy covering external affairs and military perspectives. In this well-researched book, views and counterviews are laid across, for policy-level analysis so that the correct direction evolves.
The book very aptly deals with issues from an integrative perspective of the EXIM logistics as the rationalization and up-gradation of the practices are being taken up by the Government, on a top-priority basis. We are on the way to Fourth Industrial Revolution and its implication to the ports and shipping is quite deep; so also the use of AI/ML; these are also touched upon.
This is an essential read for the policymakers, researchers, faculty in HEIs and also for the investors who are contemplating large-scale investments in these sectors.
The book is available on AMAZON.