Businessworld has a cover story on how and why global telecom equipment firms are beginning to manufacture in India. One of the driving factors behind this growing interest is, without a doubt, India's emergence as the fastest growing telecom market in the world (in absolute numbers, China still takes the cake). India got that distinction in early 2004 when its telecom market growth touched 67.73 per cent compared to 26.75 per cent for China, which it relegated to second place. Equally significant has been the role played by Dayanidhi Maran, the Union minister for communications and information technology. Over the past 12 months, he has been hotfooting around the globe, and positioning India as a telecom manufacturing destination amongst investors. Arun Natarajan is the Founder of Venture Intelligence India, which tracks venture capital activity in India and Indian-founded companies worldwide. View sample issues of Venture Intelligence India newsletters and reports.