Rebooting India
Non-Fiction

Rebooting India

Realizing a Billion Aspirations

Overview

India is sitting on a demographic dividend, expected to become the world's youngest country by 2020 with 64 per cent of its population, roughly 800 million people, of working age. But our country cannot become a global powerhouse unless we resolve the contradictions and bridge the gaps that distort our society. The challenge before us is to enable every one of India's 1.2 billion citizens to realize their aspirations. According to Nandan Nilekani and Viral Shah, the only way to do this is by using technology
to radically reimagine government itself.

Rebooting India identifies a dozen initiatives where a series of citizen-friendly, high-tech public institutions can deliver low-cost solutions to India's grand challenges. Based on their learnings from building Aadhaar, the world's largest social identity programme, the initiatives that Nilekani and Shah propose could save the government a minimum
of Rs 100,000 crore annually, about 1 per cent of India's GDP-enough to fund 200 Mangalyaan missions a year.

It doesn't take 10,000 people or even a thousand, say Nilekani and Shah. All it would take is a small, focused team of highly skilled, enterprising individuals, and a supportive prime minister.

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Nandan Nilekani
Nandan Nilekani
Nandan Nilekani was co-founder and former CEO of Infosys and was chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) until March 2014.
Viral Shah
Viral Shah
Viral Shah worked at the intersection of policy and technology at the Unique Identification Authority of India, where he led the design of the government's payments and subsidy platforms using Aadhaar. He is a co-inventor of the Julia programming language, and co-founder of FourthLion Technologies. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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