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Blog Past: Extreme Competition

March 14th, 2010 · 2 Comments

From a Tech Talk series written four years ago:

Today’s world looks very different from the vantage point of where I reside here in Mumbai, India. It is a world full of infinite opportunities as companies seek to leapfrog the legacy of decades of slow development. It is a world with youthful energy and money being unleashed as one navigates the new malls and restaurants coming up all over. It is a world where mobile phones connect people who never used a landline before—and perhaps will never use a desktop computer, opting for more advanced NetPCs and wireless devices of all manner.

It is also a world where the services juggernaut in urban India is complemented by the largely agricultural rural economy, where hundreds of millions still live in poverty. It’s a world where the old still exists and, at times, even dominates the new. The contrasts may be stark, but there is one thing that is ubiquitous in my homeland: Optimism! For the first time in living memory, there is a belief that tomorrow will be better than today. That perception alone can make all the difference. I see not just the Old India of yesterday, but the New India of tomorrow. It is an India that will be built in a world of extreme competition, and extreme opportunities—powered by transformations and disruptions.

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  • 1 biplab das // Mar 15, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I liked the point you mentioned about disruptions. It’s true their are millions of rural Indians possibly not used landlines but using mobile phones now. a clear shift.

  • 2 biplab das // Mar 15, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Rajesh, would like to know your views on microcredit model to create micro entrepreurs to remove poverty. case in point rangde.org I liked their model.

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