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Entries from March 2011

Big Ideas for India Contest: Question 3: How should the government-citizen engagement model be?

March 31st, 2011 · 11 Comments

India has a federal structure of government, but that is increasingly getting centralised. Delhi has been deciding what is good for everyone, and creating policies for the states to implement. Is that the best model? What about the third-tier of government – at the corporation / panchayat level? Is that getting marginalised? For the most […]

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Big Ideas for India Contest: Question 2: Is there an alternative to entitlements for the social sector?

March 30th, 2011 · 13 Comments

Given India’s deep and wide poverty, anti-poverty programmes have been the hallmark of most governments in the past 60 years. That they have clearly not worked is evident in the poverty numbers. Be it in urban India or in rural India, even as a small part of India shines, a large fraction of the population […]

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Big Ideas for India Contest: Question 1: What should the government’s role be in India?

March 29th, 2011 · 23 Comments

In India, we have a paradoxical situation of maximum government, minimal governance. While it is not possible to simply say that we will have minimal government given the challenges that still lie unaddressed, what should the focus for government in India be? Linked with this is the question of the objective of the government. As […]

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Big Ideas for India Contest: Overview

March 28th, 2011 · 14 Comments

India needs big ideas if we are to create a rich, developed nation in the next 20-30 years. We are not getting these at the national level. In the political skirmishes between the various parties and their leaders, what has been left behind is an agenda of transformation. In every sector of India’s economy, there […]

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Blog Past: 1s, 2s and 4s, 6s

March 27th, 2011 · 2 Comments

From a post a year ago since cricket is the flavour of the season: Since this is the season of cricket (IPL), I will use a cricketing analogy to write about an idea that all who are heading businesses or responsible for P&Ls need to think about. In cricket, one needs a mix of the […]

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Weekend Reading

March 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: Little Bets Are The Ones That Turn Into Billion-Dollar Ideas: by Peter Sims. “Small bets are affordable and achievable ways to learn about problems and opportunities, while big bets are for capitalizing upon them.” Whom should a start-up hire? by . “Choose attitude over aptitude.” (via Mahesh) Economist special report on the future […]

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Wanted: Suggestions for a New Mobile

March 25th, 2011 · 35 Comments

It has been two years since I have been using the Nokia E71. (My phone previous to that was the first generation of the Apple iPhone.) So, any suggestions on what to buy next? I would actually be keen to try out an Android phone, but am open to smartphone suggestions from across the board. […]

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The Need for Open, Linked Government Data

March 24th, 2011 · 4 Comments

I have written about the need for “Open Data, Open Government” earlier. One example of the impossibility of analysing data is the Economic Survey and Budget data, available here. The good thing is that the information is available as PDF and in the applicable cases, XLS. But the problem is that the XLS files are […]

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How much does India spend on Social Sector Services?

March 23rd, 2011 · 4 Comments

During one of my recent trips to Delhi, I picked up a copy of the Economic Survey 2010-11. While browsing through it, I was struck my one figure: the amount of money we spend on social services. Page 294 of this report has the answer. Between the centre and the states, we spend about 25% […]

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India needs Big, Bold Ideas

March 22nd, 2011 · 3 Comments

India needs a combination of new political leadership and a new set of economic policies. Leadership change will need to come before policy change. In the past year, instead of thinking big and bold, we have been caught in a whirlwind of successive scams. I cannot even think how those in government would be getting […]

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India needs Leadership and Vision

March 21st, 2011 · 4 Comments

I was reading a book on India’s economic history when I started thinking about why we took the wrong policy turns we did repeatedly since Independence. My answer: it comes down to the leader at the top and his/her vision. Which, if you think about it, is not very different from what happens in the […]

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Blog Past: Internet Portals

March 20th, 2011 · 1 Comment

From a post written a year ago:  The Internet portals business is about three things: Reach: the raw numbers for a basic free service (on desktop and mobile web) Ads: how can we monetise the free services attention via ads More: how the free user can be monetised either through premium products (subscriptions) or via […]

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Weekend Reading

March 19th, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: How to estimate market size: by Jeremy Liew. “TAM is really a pretty simple concept – it is what your revenue would be if you had 100% market share in your business.” Using Influence to Getting Things Done: from strategy+business. “Convincing senior management colleagues to follow your lead requires a blend of […]

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Digital India: Part 5

March 18th, 2011 · 4 Comments

OPEN HIGHER EDUCATION: The states need to open up the higher education sector so world-class universities can come in and set up institutions here. This should drive research and post-graduates, so that industry gets the skillsets they need for cutting edge work in the IT area. INCORPORATE USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION: Information technology (IT) makes […]

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Digital India: Part 4

March 17th, 2011 · 8 Comments

Digital India can be built around the following themes: BROADBAND: 100 Mbps bandwidth available for Rs 100 per month anywhere in the state. Broadband is a key fundamental requirement for building everything else on the digital side. Basically, the digital infrastructure needs to be given as much attention as other aspects of physical infrastructure (roads, ports, […]

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Digital India: Part 3

March 16th, 2011 · 5 Comments

Showcasing Digital India’s ABC GIS By delivering results within the next 2-3 years, state governments can show how corruption can be eliminated and a true democratic platform can be created with citizen participation in local decisions. This will put development on a fast track, and excite the youth and middle India – reinforcing the message […]

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Digital India: Part 2

March 15th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Accessible Basic Comprehensive Government Information Systems (ABC GIS) When citizens have information of what the government is doing, the level of trust goes up, and corruption can be  eliminated Government officials and bureaucrats become more accountable and therefore more effective in their functions The delivery of government services can be assured Implementing the ABC GIS […]

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Digital India: Part 1

March 14th, 2011 · 5 Comments

At the IMC event last week, I did not get much time to speak since the programme was running behind schedule and I had a deadline due to which I had to leave early. Had I got the opportunity to speak more, this is what I would have liked to talk. Technology and Government: Fast-tracking […]

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Blog Past: Five Questions

March 13th, 2011 · 1 Comment

From a post written a year ago: As one thinks about one’s business, here are five questions that one should ask: Is the market that we are in large enough to ensure our growth? Can we ensure that the Base business continues to grow? What are the Boosters that we can add through new ideas […]

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Weekend Reading

March 12th, 2011 · 2 Comments

This week’s links: The Coming Wave of “Social Apponomics”: from strategy+business.”The secret to profitability on the Internet has finally arrived in an innovative blend of social media, Web mobility, and creative e-commerce applications.” The Always Logged In Experience: by Fred Wilson.”On your mobile, you are permanently logged into every app you have on your device. […]

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