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Explains behind the scenes actions that went into building UIDAI Aadhar and nuances of a bureaucracy one need to be aware of Proposes interesting technical solutions to India s most pressing issues Quite slow in some partsUnnecessary references to other book s by Nandan Nilekani For the size of the book, it covers a lot If you have been out of India for a while living outside, missed the growth in country, and the changes that are expected to get us on track to being a big successful thriving economy i would recommend the book I also enjoyed the idea of bureaucrats and successful private leaders coming together to correct the causes the book recommends a 10 person A team to solve each problem in the country with support from the one and only PM Digitization can also help eradicate a lot of problems, and the book argues in its favor of course, written by Nandan and Viral There in lies some of the problems i had with the book i could never figure out who has written it as it jumps between authors somewhat non fluidly for me i do need to relate strongly even in a non fiction, and recognize all you guys might not be but this is the story of how Aadhar the identity of a billion plus people came out Anyway, i did feel tired reading it a bit too often loved the content so kept going i will say that my husband flipped the page and said its old as it was refreshed in 2016 i found it relevant Go for it if you feel like an NRI that has missed a lot back home. FREE PDF ♡ Rebooting India ☱ India Is Sitting On A Demographic Dividend, Expected To Become The World S Youngest Country By , With Per Cent Of Its Population, Roughly Million People, Of Working Age But Our Country Cannot Become A Global Powerhouse Unless We Resolve The Contradictions And Bridge The Gaps That Distort Our Society According To Nandan Nilekani And Viral Shah, The Only Way To Do This Is By Using Technology To Radically Reimagine Government Itself Rebooting India Identifies A Dozen Initiatives Where A Series Of Citizen Friendly, High Tech Public Institutions Can Deliver Low Cost Solutions To India S Grand Challenges Based On The Learnings From Building Aadhaar, The Proposed Initiatives Would Save The Government A Minimum Of Rs ,, Crore Annually, About Per Cent Of India S GDP These Visionary, Cutting Edge Ideas, The Authors Hope, Will Enable Each One Of India S Billion Citizens To Realize Their Aspirations Every solution to India s biggest problems that is outlined in this book encourages some form of greater understanding and adoption of technology to reduce and eliminate voter fraud,increase the quality of primary education, allow undocumented citizens people without any identification to secure the subsidies of which they are deservingand so on.The problem lies in fact that not a single solution has been written in enough detail to fit any real world scenario A lot of difficult words and acronyms are used to flesh out relatively simplistic solutions that read like the ramblings of a techno utopianist In the introduction of the book, the author makes the claim that if the largest online video platform and the largest online photo sharing app were set up and run by a mere handful of people, then an entire country s overarching problems stretching from illiteracy to overpopulation to corrupt politicians can be solved by 101 dedicated engineers working at 10 different startups, is the type of logical leap that allows you to empower the upper middle class of India,living in big cities Not the hundreds of millions of people living in rural India. Many experts have argued that technological advancement can pave the way for a developed India We are sitting on a demographic dividend, expected to become the world s youngest country by 2020 with 64 per cent of its population, roughly 800 million people, of working age But our country cannot become a global powerhouse unless we resolve the contradictions and bridge the gaps that distort our society Fancy this What if a million banking correspondents equipped with smart phones and biometric readers could deliver banking services to 1.2 billion Indians What if every citizen could use mobile banking and use cashless payments Moving beyond the financial sector, can we use technology to solve some of India s most pressing problems to improve standards in healthcare and education, to cut wastage in government spending and increase revenue, to make tax collection citizen friendly, to streamline our courts and to eliminate corruption These are the questions that form the core of the just released non fiction title by Nandan Nilekani and Viral Shah, Rebooting India Realizing a Billion Aspirations.It is also interesting to note that in every chapter of the book, the authors have put forward some big ideas that can radically redesign existing systems and in the process, according to the authors, save the government an estimated Rs 1 trillion annually Conservative back of the envelope calculations find those savings to be equivalent to 1 per cent of our GDP enough for two Golden Quadrilateral road systems across the country every year or to send 200 Mangalyan missions to Mars annually One year s savings are also sufficient to provide minimal health insurance for every family in the country for three years, they argue But can these ideas really work The authors, Nandan Nilekani and Viral Shah are reputed experts at hand and these suggestions, therefore, hold much ground Nilekani is co founder and former CEO of Infosys Technologies and was founding chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India Aadhaar He was twice listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time In 2014, he was awarded The Economist s Innovation Award in the category Economic and Social Innovation Viral Shah, on the other hand, worked at the intersection of policy and technology at the Unique Identification Authority of India, where he led the design of the government s payments and subsidy platforms using Aadhaar He is a co inventor of the Julia programming language, and co founder of FourthLion Technologies He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara Technology, as is evident, has been the forte of the two and their big ideas that can radically redesign existing systems are all based on technology The only way to achieve what the authors propose, in their own words, is by using technology to radically reimagine government itself Based on their learnings from building Aadhaar, the world s largest social identity programme, the authors in this book published by Penguin Books India identify a dozen initiatives, where a series of citizen friendly, high tech public institutions can deliver low cost solutions to India s grand challenges.The offering has been penned in simple language and is, therefore, captivating some of the brilliant ideas proposed in the book often compel the reader to pause and imagine what if it were as the authors propose Broadly speaking, the book is about the ways in which technology can be employed to transform our government and create a series of new, citizen friendly public institutions The first part of the book focuses on the idea of Aadhaar as a platform upon which to build a new class of services These include an electronic payments network, a redesigned social security system and the electronic Know Your Customer e KYC service Nilekani and Shah then go on to examine the idea of technology as a tool for institution building From railway stations to the pending cases in the courts to the manner in which our elections are conducted, the authors look at diverse subjects and after perhaps a tremendous amount of research, imagine how technology can be put to use to make these processes simpler and citizen friendly.The authors argue that India cannot become a global powerhouse unless we resolve the contradictions and bridge the gaps that are distorting our society We need technology fuelled structural reforms in our government, business and our society at large First published in Beyond Books, The Statesmanhttp 2015 11 fundi A good book that presents a roadmap as to how technology can bring about a change across multiple systems such as political, education, judicial, medical, and among other things using technology as the primary tool. If you reflect on all the good that has happened in India you will realize that it is not politicians but it is mostly the bureaucrats and technocrats and public minded citizens The illustrious list is endless from JJ Bhabha, Vishweshwarayya, Swaminathan, Kurien, Sam Pitroda, Sridharan.India was lucky to be blessed with such individuals of sterling qualities Selfless service being the most important of them all who laid the foundation for a modern India and helped us tackle the problematic issues of a newly independent country..whether in the fields of science, engineering, food, milk or later day technocrats like Sridharan and Sam Pitroda who redefined urban mass transportation and telecom You could add Nandan Nilekani to this celebrated list, for AADHAR I have a government issued ration card, a passport, a voter Id, a driving license, a PAN card..not to talk of multiple bank accounts, demat accounts.all of them are unique and standalone and bear no connection to each other standing in solitary splendor and on an make matters worse some of these identities need to be renewed and voila you get a fresh number which has no bearing and connection with the old one.each of the above numbers is issued by a different department in the government and no id recognizes the other id as valid and I wondered why on earth do we not have a single number to identify us and pin some factual information to it which stays for good like the Social Security Number SSN in the United States.and everything else is an add on to this unique number.Wonder whose idea AADHAR was Was it some of the saner people in the government or was it Mr Nilekani s idea which he got the government interested this DIGITAL age, the AADHAR infrastructure would rank as important as the Green Revolution or AMUL revolution REBOOTING INDIA is actually two books in one one on the challenges of setting up AADHAR and second is a blue print for social and economic transformation most of it at the bottom of the pyramid using InformationTechnology.Part 1 of the book is interesting Of civic minded citizens who left high paying jobs in the US and Indian corporate sector and consumed by a mission to bring about social and economic transformation using technology end result being each Indian having a unique identity This is still work in progress and sooner than later, hopefully all the 150 Crore Indians we will reach there soon will have an identity thru which they can lead their lives, transact business amongst themselves and with the government and we also hope that someday..the multiple identities that we have will coalesce into one single number and in a subsidy driven country like ours the poor and the indigent.get what they have to get directly from the government without the leakages in the intermediation process.I only hope that the AADHAR steam is not derailed by our super activist judiciary which seems to be having a view and a judgement on all aspects of like, the vested interests who will lose if the leakages stop or the confused intelligentsia who rake up visions of government intrusion into everyday life loss of privacy and such BS So much about part 1 of the book A bunch of spirited guys who do a great job do need bragging rights.and Nilekani and Shah present an interesting story.It is part 2 of the book which makes for compelling reading It reads like a intelligent and practical version of Mihir Sharma s RESTART The technology solutions are simple Using the digital infrastructure built for AADHAR how do we deploy this into our daily livesand into government institutions which will make most of these slow and lethargic organizations into customer friendly and responsive front ends and also reduce leakages, increase tax collection, better aggregation of data and get a method into the madness and make this vast and diverse country manageable.where the size and scale would work to our advantage rather than be a hindrance for growth.I only wish that the current Government uses the services of Mr Nilekani to truly transform our bureaucracy our institutions and our government.He is still in his early sixties and possibly he can mentor a dozen Nandans who in turn will build or repair a dozen vital institutions in the country and can carry the good work forward.this is what the country requires Table of ContentsIntroductionChapter 01 Aadhaar From Zero to a Billion in Five YearsChapter 02 Aadhaar Behind the ScenesChapter 03 Banking on Government PaymentsChapter 04 Mending our Social Safety NetsChapter 05 Going Completely Paperless with e KYCChapter 06 Integrating our Economy with The Goods and Services TaxChapter 07 Frictionless Highways for Economic GrowthChapter 08 Streamlining Government SpendingChapter 09 Strengthening Democracy with TechnologyChapter 10 A New Era in Politics The Party as a PlatformChapter 11 The Role of Government in an Innovation EconomyChapter 12 Towards a Healthy IndiaChapter 13 Teaching the Next GenerationChapter 14 Switching on Our Power SectorChapter 15 Justice Delayed is Justice DeniedChapter 16 Rebooting India Realizing a Billion Aspirations Definitely recommend this to anyone who s ever had an idea to make India function better by streamlining processes using technology Given how inaccessible the government is when it comes to sharing details about their schemes and programs, this book is a welcome source of information about how technology has been used over the last few years and what lies ahead While coming up with innovative ideas is one thing, getting them implemented by working with the government is a different beast altogether And Nandan Nilekani is probably one of the best persons to share that since he has been actively involved in working with the government for most of their major tech renovations While with Imagining India , he laid out a theoretical blueprint of going about solving issues plaguing India, it seems that over the last eight years, he has been able to gauge the feasibility of those solutions and the best practices involved in bringing a dream solution to reality The book has detailed accounts of the projects and sectors Mr.Nilekani and his team has already worked on UID Aadhaar being the largest when it comes to scale , shedding light on different stages of planning execution of an idea, bureaucratic logistic hurdles faced by them, and information about the stakeholders involved For the sectors they haven t worked in yet, the authors have laid out feasible plans of execution and apprised the readers of where the projects are in the government pipeline Neat illustrations, provided by Aparna Ranjan, complement the text by summarizing key ideas and are helpful in getting ideas across. With Aadhaar Card gaining ubiquity and its fair amount of acceptance as well as criticism, there can be no better time to read Rebooting India Realizing a Billion Aspirations I particularly enjoyed reading how Nandan Nilekani and Viral Shah explain to us their grand idea of instituting a special start up team to address 10 grand challenges Moreover, the experience episodes on the stumbling blocks their team needed to encounter on the way to realizing the billion aspirations of India has been very crisply explained so much so that the reader will travel with them throughout the process As much as the book focuses on the USP of Aadhaar and its benefits, I feel it should also have given some room for its flip side and discuss the cons that have been raised against it till date Though there are passages in this book which brief about the resistance propped up, both constructive and destructive, they do not discuss in enough detail for me The least the authors could have considered is they could have given one case study example like the LPG subsidy instance to state how Aadhaar is susceptible to certain drawbacks with regards to certain privacy concerns It might be unfair to portray the card as an impenetrable system and as a panacea for the malaise plaguing India in terms of voting system, subsidies net, infrastructure development, education expenditure etc to name a few.Uniquely narrated, Nandan Nilekani and Viral Shah share the experiences of their team in bringing Aadhaar to fruition right from the time the seeds were sown for this project The writing style is very down to earth and wastes no word The point is made clear at every required chapter with a clear objective in mind Strangely, the authors become third persons at times in the passage which I can describe as quirky amusement Special praise goes for introducing almost every chapter of the book with a very pertinent and meticulously thought of anecdote On the same note, the mind mapping done at regular intervals to condense the crucial information is an excellent form of visual aid More reasons to buy a paper back version of this book and store in your book shelf.In one line, this book is a must read for all Indians to understand the vision of Nandan Nilekani for future India using the route of Aadhaar while simultaneously gaining inspiration from the experience of Nandan Nilekan, Viral Shah and the entire unit that toiled for Aadhaar with specifics.