Category : big-ideas

Lessons from India’s tortuous path to make tech work for the people
Lessons from India’s tortuous path to make tech work for the people

India’s experience with providing a digital identity to a billion-plus people through Aadhaar and with financial inclusion shows why it’s important to take the state, society and markets along. And how it’s tough to anticipate the unintended consequences

Who do economists serve, really?
Who do economists serve, really?

Mainstream economic theories do not fit reality. Two new books, ‘Measuring What Counts’ and ‘Good Economics for Hard Times’, provide a counterview: Instead of treating people as data, listen to them, and find answers to their real problems for inclusive, sustainable progress

‘Exclusion does not come from Aadhaar, but from its uses’
‘Exclusion does not come from Aadhaar, but from its uses’

There are multiple India’s—with different levels of prosperity and access to services. And India lives simultaneously in multiple centuries. Ram Sewak Sharma, TN Ninan, Parth Shah and Shakti Sinha discuss how Aadhaar and the policy around it needs to evolve to bridge these differences