I attended a meeting organized by the Bureau of Indian Standards on standards. During the Q&A session, I asked for a definition of open standards. I did get a reply but felt that more work needs to be done on defining what open standards are. The word is bandied about loosely so I took the opportunity to hand over copies of my article, "The importance of (truly) open standards."
There is lots of work to be done in educating Indian policy makers on this issue.