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Entries from July 2012

Higher Education Innovation Speech – Part 3

July 11th, 2012 · 2 Comments

I think one of the most important things we can teach children and students is to get rid of the fear of failure and we are not doing enough of that for going forward.     The fear of failure should not act as an inhibitor.   I was talking to someone the other day and he made […]

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Higher Education Innovation Speech – Part 2

July 10th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I’d like to start with a small story.   I was at Columbia University about 3 weeks ago giving a talk on transforming India.   Columbia is my Alma Mater where I did my masters in EE about 23 years ago.  The talk  was in the Lowe Library. I was a student of the School of Enginering […]

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Higher Education Innovation Speech – Part 1

July 9th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This is a lightly edited transcript of the Higher Education Conference speech I gave in early May 2012. Before we start off on the main theme, I thought I  would   give a couple of suggestions on how we can make conferences very interesting.   We have been doing conferences probably the same way we have been […]

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Blog Past: State of the Nation

July 8th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I wrote this series a year ago: We need to understand that change in India can only happen through the ballot box. We cannot think of overthrowing governments  through  coups like some of our neighbours have done in the past. We cannot have military intervention. We have only one instrument in our hands – our […]

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Weekend Reading

July 7th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: Rise of the Enterprise “Toys”: by Aaron Levie. “Who would have thought that something as simple as status messages shared between colleagues would evolve to become such an important strategic product for Microsoft and the enterprise?” Mobile is where the growth is: by Fred Wilson. “There is a significant shift going on […]

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Transforming India Speech – Part 9

July 6th, 2012 · 2 Comments

To summarise:    to transform India,    it requires us to persuade this 25%, these 200 million people or  a large fraction thereof,  that development matters,  that good economic policies matter,   that poverty can be conquered and our problems can be solved –   not between two generations,   but between two elections. Some chief ministers in India have […]

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Transforming India Speech – Part 8

July 5th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This technology reachable and powered base can make a huge difference in the next elections.    There will be about 150-200 million  people on the internet in India , there’ll be the same numbers on Facebook.   Youtube is likely to be among  the top three Indian channels. Technology can be now used to target and get […]

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Transforming India Speech – Part 7

July 4th, 2012 · 1 Comment

2014 is going be different.   I’m going to  tell you the reasons why it’s going to be different., and why  2014 can really change the future of India. Firstly, urban seats are increasing —  there are now about 200 out of the 543 seats in India that can be classified as urban seats where the […]

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Transforming India Speech – Part 6

July 3rd, 2012 · 2 Comments

What India needs to do is something it hasn’t done in 30 years.   It needs to deliver a majority  to a single party. It needs to deliver 272 out of 543 seats to one of the national political parties.   This is because, right now,  what we have in India is  where parties of 10-20 members […]

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Transforming India Speech – Part 5

July 2nd, 2012 · 1 Comment

Changing people’s voting behavior requires changing what they know, changing what they are  aware of, changing their understanding. What they need to understand is that India is poor not by an act of God but because of poor economic policies which have been followed for the most part,  since independence.   What we see in India […]

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Blog Past: Why I am not more active on Twitter and Facebook

July 1st, 2012 · 2 Comments

Nothing has changed from what I wrote a year ago: A friend recently asked me why the only I do on Twitter and Facebook is repost by blog posts. Why didn’t I do more? Why wasn’t I more active? There are three reasons. First, I like to write slightly longer posts. Second, I like to […]

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