Net Neutrality crucial for Digital India’s success

Internet of (every) things will be restricted if VoIP apps are restricted.

As Digital India week comes to a close, word is that India has elected to power its more pro-technology government yet. Yet, there is speculation of self-created hindrances to the government’s Digital India Vision. If media stories from the last fortnight are any indication, the so far unreleased report of the Department of Telecommunications on net neutrality is making a case for the licensing of voice over
Internet Protocol Services such as Whatsapp and Skype.

This article appeared in Times of India on July 11, 2015

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A 5-point action plan to make Digital India a reality

The Digital India programme was launched amidst much fanfare last week, in an event where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad etched the road map for India’s digital transformation. If it was earlier unclear how the programme would tangibly benefit India, the PM’s address directly allayed these concerns – he has stated that Digital India has already received investment commitments worth Rs 4.5 lakh crore, and added that about 18 lakh (1.8 million) jobs would be created as a result of Digital India activities over the next five years.

This article appeared in Rediff.com on July 10, 2015

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Wanted: A CTO for GoI

Digital India can be the prime mover to making a reality of this government’s promise of minimum government, maximum governance. Such a transformation requires technology to be firmly embedded into government, something that the Digital India project lists as one of its foremost objectives.

This article appeared in Economic Times on July 3, 2015

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Transform India: Budget 2015 - Just What The Doctor Ordered For The Ailing Economy

The Narendra Modi government presented its first full budget last week amidst a clamour of anticipation. Fortunately, the Budget 2015 (Budget) is exactly what the doctor ordered. Commenting on the expectations from the Budget, I had, in a prebudget article, said the Budget must be a concerted and well-coordinated effort and get investments going and must lay out the structural and institutional reforms that defined the Governments new economic and Governance architecture.

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