Sunday, July 15, 2018

Digital India: The way forward

This article I wrote appeared in The New Indian Express and The Sunday Standard on 15th July 2018

1) Historically implementation of Telecom policies  have been a challenge. Also,  India is struggling with poor internet speeds, call drops.Perhaps government should delay the new policy and instead articulate a key actions that can impact the sector positively

2) Government should relook at BSNL/MTNL in the larger interest of the sector and the subscribers

3) Even an e-literate person struggles with e-gov websites/apps. We need for a strong platform that spur innovation that provides intuitive user experience.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fleeing stone-pelters in paradise on Earth


It is quite surprising to see the Paradise on Earth(Kashmir) going through trouble for so many years  with no sight of a solution. 
Very friendly people, beautiful natural resources and yet ? Kashmir offers a mix of Kashmiriyat and anxiety!

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Technology’s always been a job creator

This article I wrote "Technology’s always been a job creator" appeared in The Hindu Business Line Edit page.  

Indian IT industry has the challenge - Balancing between legacy and new age technologies.  

AI will take away many jobs, but historically technology disruptions have always been a net job creator.   

Uberization of work force should be embraced, new age of working in organizations. 

Gen-Next Engg graduate education needs an overhaul.

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Monday, December 25, 2017


My column "India, America and net Neutrality" in the Indian Express - 25th December 2017.

India's stand on is laudable, Finally it will be a balancing act from the govt-Viable business for ISPs and ensuring superlative user experience


1) US repealing has split the internet ecosystem between the end users + Content providers ( read Face book, Amazon etc) and he ISPs ( Airtel, BSNL etc)
2)  China is known to be very strict on internet regulations, This means India can be a flag bearer for true net neutrality.
3 )India's TRAI has come with NN regulations recently. Implementation/Monitoring will be the key.
4) India's Internet speeds have a long way to go with our internet speeds just one tenth of the some of the countries.



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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Spare a thought for the kirana store

With Digital India and e-commerce  taking the country storm already the neighborhood friendly stores will vanish soon.

My tribute to the Kirana stores in the Indian Express 14th Oct
.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Big worry: unemployment and underemployment

This article I had written about the biggest challenge faced by the country , appeared in the Deccan Herald

1 in 4 unemployed or underemployed. We should start measuring Labour under utilization rate or LUR

We need to focus on manufacturing, wage code bill is expected to help in the longer term and automation will help as well.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Will the Telecom war help you?

This article "Will the Telecom war help you?" appeared in the Indian Express on 18th Sep 2017.

The article looks at two major issues faced by the sector. - Call drops and IUC or Interconnect Usage charges.

1) TRAI's mycall App must be popularized
2) Stricter norms for reducing call drops is correct
3) IUC must be reduced, but gradually over 18-24 months
4) The Telcos must start focussing on quality of service instead of the price war

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Lessons to learn from IT industry's current turmoil

This article I wrote appeared in the Deccan Herald on 11th July 2017.  The article talks about the challenges faced by the IT Industry  and what could be the key learning. 
 
1) The negative news flow about the IT industry continues , yet IT industry jobs are the most sought after. 

2) Re-skilling in IT Industry is needed and we have gone through re-skilling in the past during the pre/post Y2K era.

3)  A downturn looms large and every 8th year since 2000, we have seen some form of down-turn, but the Industry has demonstrated resolve to grow post the event.

4) Engineering colleges mushroomed by piggy-backing on IT. Only 3% of the graduate Engineers are employable in IT Industry. Intake into Engineering colleges must be tightened, colleges must reskill teachers 

5) We need alternate Industry to pick-up for mass employment generation. Also focus on entrepreneurship will be the key

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Indian Railways: Only rapid tech adoption can solve safety, speed challenges

This article I wrote appeared in the Financial Express on 28th Feb 2017. 
The article argues that technology should be the core for improving Indian Railways.  Formation of Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh is good. But technology adoption will be the key. We also need to learn from the EU especially on safety measure.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Going cashless, a tall order beset with many challenges

My article on India's push for digital transactions appeared in the Deccan Herald on the 26th Dec 2016.  The article looks at the following:
1) We need a permanent ban on surcharge and convenience fees imposed on digital transactions.
2) India's rather poor ranking in the Global Digital Index
3) Considering India's semi-literate/Illiterate population, we need increased awareness, easy to use/intuitive methods for money transactions.
4) Secure transactions must be ensured.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

For all the wrong reasons Reliance Jio effect ensured other telcos get busy wooing subscribers!

This article I wrote, appeared in the Financial Express FE reflect on 13th Oct 2016.

 The article looks at 
1) Goverment must ask the Telcos to get back to basics and ensure call drop issue is fixed
2) Regulatory levies SUC, IUC etc must be relooked
3) Need a mechanism for getting direct feedback from the subscribers
4) Tariff war 2.0 on Data ( Tarif War 1.0 was on Data) is welcome, but the focus must be on improving quality


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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Internet addiction’s a public health issue

This Article "Internet addiction’s a public health issue"  I wrote appeared in the Hindu Business Line on 16th July 2016 , editorial page. The article looks at the following:

1) IAD is a serious global issue and countries like the US have witnessed employability issues  linked to IAD. Countries like japan are worse off with over half a million kids impacted

2)How countries like Japan and Korea are providing intervention for IAD. Japan has started  "Internet Fasting centers" to help children get over severe screen addiction/ Internet addiction. 

3)India could soon see a huge problem with 12% of Indian internet users already considered to have the internet overuse problem.

4) Possible solutions for India 
a) Getting 4 ministries to work together (Telecom, Health, MHRD and AYUSH)
b) Embark on mission to increase awareness of the issue, schools
c) Put the onus on Internet service providers to educate users about IAD

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