Thursday, June 25, 2009

Indian Technocrat Gives up Plum post at Infosys to do public good as ID Czar

This caused a adrenaline rush when I saw the news this morning that the Indian Government  has appointed Nandan Nilekani as the chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India. according to the Wall Street journal

The authority will help implement a scheme to assign a unique identification number to every Indian. It will also own and operate the database and maintain it, the government said in a statement.

Nandan Nilekani's Wikipedia page has already been updated with the move . Nandan was in the Time 100 list of 'World's Most Influential People for 2009. He recently published a book Imagining India

I have seen him on the Jon Stewart show and a few others. I am thrilled with this news and if he can pull this off like TN Sheshan did - reforming the Election Commission which conducts one of the world's largest democratic elections- he would have done for India what politicians and bureaucrats could not do for the past 50 years. Good luck Nandan !

Nandan Nilekani's Blog: http://imaginingindia.com/blog/

Nandan Nilekani's Twitter :  http://twitter.com/nandannilekani

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