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There are no shortcuts to development

There are no shortcuts to development

This week, at a press conference organized by the Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT)--the trade body of India's hardware industry--officials were talking about how the devaluation of the rupee had hit them hard and how many of their members had been bleeding for the last three months.Another news article published yesterday talked about how India's services sector grew at a fast pace during May and firms were more optimistic about the year ahead.

published June 6, 2012 by

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Who is going to book the banks?

Who is going to book the banks?

Banks in India regularly send their customers e-mail messages about phishing and vishing scams--how not to reveal your Web identity and personal data and fall prey to fraudulent e-mail. But at the same time, they regularly peep into the bank accounts of its customers in the name of customer relationship.

published May 2, 2012 by

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How about a Twitter republic?

How about a Twitter republic?

I am no social media addict. But when I read about our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh acquiring a Twitter handle (@PMOIndia), I logged on to my Twitter account and started following him.

published March 26, 2012 by

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The joy of getting your passport without a tout!

The joy of getting your passport without a tout!

I have never had a pleasant experience at a government office--be it getting a property registered or having to procure a birth or death certificate.There are several things I have disliked at these offices--the way the citizens are treated, the presence of touts, the dingy filthy offices, and the fact that these offices only left me more disillusioned about the state of affairs in my motherland.

published March 5, 2012 by

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Should we be taming social media?

Should we be taming social media?

Kapil Sibal, India's telecom minister, this week appears to have drawn more attention with his proposal to pre-filter the content on social media Web sites than all the publicity he got for some of the good work he did in the area of education. The hashtag #IdiotKapilSibal emerged as one of India's most tweeted on Tuesday.

published December 7, 2011 by

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How do the Chinese know what we want?

How do the Chinese know what we want?

Shifting into a new home is never too easy. Especially if you choose to shift during Diwali time when suddenly everyone gets too busy, starting from the carpenters to the plumbers, electricians and painters, and it gets difficult to convince them to do your work first.

published November 9, 2011 by

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Getting hooked on to the tablet

Getting hooked on to the tablet

For long, I have stuck to dated gadgetry--be it cell phones, laptops or music players or any other white good for that matter. It's much of a personality trait--I always choose comfort over style; including clothing and accessories.

published July 17, 2011 by

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New modus operandi of cybercrooks

New modus operandi of cybercrooks

Earlier this month, there was news of a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student getting duped of US$6,667 (INR 3,00,000) in an e-mail scam. The fraud started when the student received an e-mail from an organization that called itself the Global Watch Institute, inviting him to attend two seminars it was holding--one in New York and the other in Madrid--on the same subject: Racism and Human Rights.

published February 23, 2011 by

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India's lessons in transparency

India's lessons in transparency

Over the last few months, the Indian media has had a spate of controversies and scams to report on, starting from the Indian Premier League (IPL), to the Commonwealth Games, the Adarsh Society scams and the scandal around allocation of 2G licenses in 2008.Perhaps I'm stating the obvious--corruption thrives on opaqueness.

published November 21, 2010 by

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