Nandan Nilekani: Ideas for India’s future

Posted By: Rise Team|Dated: February 28, 2014

Nandan Nilekani, the visionary co-founder of outsourcing pioneer Infosys, explains four brands of ideas that will determine whether India can continue its recent breakneck progress.


About the Author

Nandan Nilekani is the author of “Imagining India,” a radical re-thinking of one of the world’s great economies.

Nandan Nilekani co-founded Infosys, one of India’s leading information technology companies, back in 1981. After serving as its president and then CEO, he’s now joined the Indian government to help lead a massive new IT project: providing every Indian with a unique identity card. to concentrate on his next great endeavor: re-imagining India in the new millennium.

His book Imagining India asks big questions: How can India — which made such leaps in the past two decades — maintain its demographic advantage? How can democracy and education be promoted? How, in the midst of such growth, can the environment be protected for the next generations?

Courtesy: TED.com

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  • Shiva Ranjan Khastgir

    While I always had and still have great respect and high admiration for eminent professionals like Mr. Narayan Murthy and Mr. Nandan Nilekani, the co founders of the legendary Infosys, I was indeed disappointed to learn that Nandan Nilekani had decided to join a political party at this late stage in life. While it is known to all and sundry that most political parties in this country, barring a few exceptions, have reached their nadir and self aggrandizement is their one and only way of life, it is a pity that a person of Mr. Nilekani’s caliber would have decided, at this point in time, to join a decadent, pseudo communal, corrupt and direction-less political party, tied to the apron strings of a hydra headed dynasty, who are well known for its followers of mindless sycophants and hangers on. Not that the other political parties are brilliant examples of glory and glamour, but instead of joining one such party, a person of Mr. Nilekani’s caliber should have set up his own apolitical outfit, which would have drawn millions of young men to the cause of Nation building, which the so called ‘Aam Admi Party’, despite its spectacular entry, albeit only in Delhi, has been unable to do because of its scatter brained leadership and sheer lack of experience in matters of governance, and for whom we initially had very high expectations, particularly when it was being headed by an IITian like Arvind Kejriwal

    Be that as it may, Mr, Nandan Nilekani still has time to detach himself from murky politics and strike out on his own for the sake of taking this Nation of greater heights. It is also a fact that if intellectuals and people of his caliber stay away from politics and stop trying to prevent the free fall of this Nation, this can lead us, as a Nation, to our dooms day,sooner rather than later, The way things are progressively deteriorating, we are steadily but surely headed to become another Banana Republic, a sub-Saharan dictatorship, a pseudo communist, but aggressively capitalistic state like China, or in the worst case scenario, a failed fundamentalist state like the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. This has to be prevented at all costs and prima facie, cannot be done by our present political parties, bickering among themselves for the loaves of office or for petty political gains. The recent in-fighting within the BJP, on whom we had great hopes, has left us with a very bad taste in our mouths. Perhaps some leftist parties can be excluded from this generalization, but here again, these so called leftists, have inherent ideological baggage due to their past association with the failed ideas of Stalinist communism.

    It therefore cannot be denied that now is the high time for persons like Nandan Nilekani, Narayan Murthy and a few others in this Country (I am not naming them, as I do not know who they are) who have the vision and proven track records, to redress this situation apolitically, with the active and willing support of competent professionals from Institutions of higher learning such as the IITs, IIMs, AIMS, XLR, et al.

    I take this opportunity to use this forum for inviting like minded people of this Country to seriously think along these lines and submit a viable proposal to MAHINDRA RISE for taking this concept forward to its logical conclusion.

    Shiva Ranjan Khastgir (B.Tech. Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur.
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