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Oh No, Mr. Nilekani!

By on Jun 25, 2009 | 5 comments

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Nandan Nandan

Yes Kaka

Bored with Infy?

No Kaka

Telling Lies?

No Kaka

Numbering People?

Ha ha ha!!

So folks – the news is out. Nandan Nilekani is quitting Infosys – the company he co-founded with N.R. Narayana Murthy and others. To me, this is a smart move by Mr. Nilekani as he approaches retirement age at Infosys.

I found out that Mr. Nilekani will be heading a government project that aims to uniquely identify Indian Citizens. I’m still wondering why Mr. Nilekani was chosen (and he agreed!) to head this project. What are the tough challenges in handling this project?

Passport number given to every individual is unique. Duplicate the system and make necessary changes. What’s so challenging?

You know what? I know it already – Mr. Nilekani got bored with Infosys.

The Big K


  1. Tanmay

    June 27, 2009

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    The passport numbers are given only to those who apply for it, this biometric identification system will be for the families that are poor and are below poverty line, so as to uniquely identify them for different government schemes. It’s not as simple as it looks, because you have to create identification cards for 1.1 billion Indians. Nilekani is apt for this complex job.

  2. Sapna

    July 1, 2009

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    what about voter id’s? PAN card number is also a unique number. And not everybody in India has a passport. Also this one as pointed out by Tanmay will also have biometric information of the person.

    Talking of challenges it is most definitely one of them. Why? You would eventually know once the project starts.

  3. dolphin

    August 16, 2009

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    no way. nilekani bored with infy? i beg to differ. his book imagining india is the thing one should read. it states the implementation of universal identification card for every indian.

    i think we need to ponder little before making conclusive statements.


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