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What do 2010s hold for India?

What do 2010s hold for India?

It's very difficult to crystal-gaze. Back in 2000, when mobile telephony was becoming cheaper in India (and I had just acquired my first mobile phone--my elder brother's hand-me-down, a Nokia 1610), I would have never anticipated that in less than five years, almost every man/woman on Delhi's streets would own a mobile phone.

published January 17, 2010 by

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A case for mobile-based micro banks in urban areas

A case for mobile-based micro banks in urban areas

Today is Mahatma Gandhi's birthday--or Gandhi Jayanti, as the day is known here in India. While most know Gandhiji as the pioneer of satyagraha (resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience) that was founded upon ahimsa or total non-violence, he was also a good economist.

published October 2, 2009 by

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Will India finally see 3G spectrum auction in December?

Will India finally see 3G spectrum auction in December?

The auction for 3G spectrum was to happen in December 2008, but a host of issues (such as lack of agreement between ministries over the reserve price for the spectrum, the forthcoming general elections, the global financial meltdown coupled with telecom operators' reluctance in making huge expenditure on 3G) led to the deferment of the auction.Now, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has announced that auction for 3G spectrum will take place on Dec.

published September 15, 2009 by

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The lowdown on India's Web 2.0 generation

The lowdown on India's Web 2.0 generation

India's demographics (50 percent of India's population is below the age of 25 years) has been perceived as both a boon and a bane. During this decade, however, we have repeatedly heard the phrase "India's demographic advantage".

published August 18, 2009 by

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If not IT, what is India's next growth engine?

If not IT, what is India's next growth engine?

When you are used to double-digit growth rates (ranging from 13 to 50 percent per annum), a growth forecast of 4 to 7 percent definitely comes as a surprise. At Chennai today, Nasscom (the trade body of Indian IT-BPO industry) announced that the industry is estimated to grow by 4 to 7 percent in the current financial year (2009-10).

published July 29, 2009 by

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Should India now look forward to unique ID cards?

Should India now look forward to unique ID cards?

In his book Imagining India: Ideas for the New Century, Nandan Nilekani, co-founder of Infosys, talks about how the future of India depends not just on simple economic growth, but also on reforms and innovations in all sectors of public life.Today, he has the rank equivalent to that of an Indian Cabinet Minister to put many innovative ideas to practice.

published June 26, 2009 by

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