There has been a substantial uptake of open source in India. But India is a big country and it’s not easy for 800 million people to move in the same direction at the same time.
There are opportunities for open source Geographic Information System (GIS) software. There has been some work with Geographic Resources Analysis Support System or GRASS, which is being used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing commonly used for urban planning and other land issues in India.
GRASS is a fine place to start. I wonder if he’s not aware of all the newer projects with large followings? I wonder if Autodesk/OSGeo have looked at this market recently? Somehow, with all the tech expertise (geospatial and otherwise) in India, open source GIS should be a natural.