Articles by Madhavan Narayanan
May 25, 2018
Narendra Modi sarkar's Digital India record is a chequered one; it sells continuity as change and trades eyesight for visionDeeper questions remain on where Digital India is heading with global giants including Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft going great guns in India but there is also a looming fear of "data colonisation" of India by giants with powerful technologies
May 10, 2018
Dear Sachin Bansal: Letting go of Flipkart must hurt, but here's your big chance to build a great Indian tech giantSachin Bansal will turn 36 later this year, and have youth on your side, with a combination of experience. That's a great place to be
May 02, 2018
WHO report on pollution: It's time Indian govt revisited old economic policies, try the 'polluter pays' principleFollowing the World Health Organisation report, environmental activists will scream hoarse and kind hearts will make tut-tutting noises of frustration and concern, but it is time to land a hard kick for action right where it matters: economic policy.
Apr 04, 2018
True tech power comes from harvesting patents: ISRO, Cipla and Biocon show the way for future entrepreneursIs there an entrepreneur out there who has the money and the audacity to gamble on a new future? India could do with some audacious private entrepreneurs.
Mar 27, 2018
Tech nationalism is a complex game; a ‘swadeshi index’ may support the right Indian startupsWhen is a company Indian? Is it by who it serves, who or how many it hires, the origin of the person who runs it, or who owns it?
Mar 26, 2018
Apps, whether NaMo or Facebook, are meant to harvest data; what India needs is a Lokpal for data protectionWhen grey areas in data science meet political innuendo, as with the controversy around the Narendra Modi app, results can be incendiary in the age of real-time social media
Mar 23, 2018
Visionaries or 'employeepreneurs'? India's tech unicorns hide weaknesses that deserve a hard lookDo post-1991 tech startups rooted in India deserve a treatment similar to what post-1947 steel or cement makers received?
Mar 21, 2018
Facebook crisis holds lessons for India and Aadhaar: we need multi-pronged regulation to ensure fair play and innovationIndia needs internet user education akin to what market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) does for investor education.
Mar 20, 2018
Right or Left? Home or away? The time has come for India to talk double-edged tech nationalismCan a nation of one billion people build a global tech giant even as new frontiers of technology arrive?
Mar 06, 2018
Life after PNB fraud: As the heat turns on India's bankers, a loan squeeze may hurt economyCirca 1996, state-controlled Indian Bank faced a Rs 1,336 crore scam which after inflation-adjustment may compare well in size with the PNB fraud.