Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's toughest challenge in a tough election year could be from the rain gods.

An innovative solar power project in Gujarat has started generating 1 mw of power, that is 1.6 million units of electricity per year, enough to meet the domestic power requirement of 16,000 familie

Gujarat has taken the lead over other states in renewable energy initiatives, particularly in solar power generation.

That India is on the verge of a serious water crisis is a foregone conclusion. So much so that the possibility of water riots in the future can't be ruled out. And it's not that the farmers of Vidarbha in Maharashtra or Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh are the only casualties of depleting groundwater level.

The global recession may have turned many millionaires into paupers, but for the ship-breakers at Alang, a coastal stretch near Bhavnagar in Gujarat, it's been like manna from heaven.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's birthplace has a new identity: as a bird sanctuary. For the past decade or so, lakhs of migratory birds from all parts of the world have made Porbandar their winter home, settling within the city's 20-km radius. The main draw for the winged species is that Porbandar is located on India's west coast and offers saline as well as sweet water bodies.

On the surface it looks like a paradox. When agricultural production in most other states is plummeting, Gujarat, with large semi-arid tracts that were alien to good crops, offers a turnaround story. Last year, it posted an agricultural growth of 9.6 per cent against a national average of 2.9 per cent.

In a small, hilly district of south Gujarat lies the story of a people moving out of the shadow of war and death, guns and bullets to embrace peace and prosperity. It is the story of bravery in the face of death, of battling armed Maoists who are slicing through India's tribal heartland, challenging the writ of the state.

One unforgettable moment during the Republic Day parade in Delhi is the sight of the President driving up Rajpath, accompanied by the members of the President's Bodyguard on their majestic steeds. It's ironic as well. The Presidential limo represents the reason that horses became an endangered species: the arrival of the automobile, courtesy Henry Ford.

Gujarat is the first state that has realised the implications of global warming with Chief Minister Narendra Modi floating a new ministerial portfolio for climate change. It is a portfolio that does not exist even in the Union Government yet.