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Nilekani on 6 things that changed India

June 13, 2008

Nandan Nilekani, co-founder and co-chairman of IT major Infosys Technologies, offered a peek into his forthcoming book, Imagining India, which he said attempts to address a gap in understanding India, while delivering the kick-off Global Leader Lecture at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC.

Nilekani, who is quoted extensively in New York Times' Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas L Friedman's best-selling book The World is Flat, said that people were often perplexed by India because "of its contradictions -- a country which has stark differences, stark disparities. I decided to look at it from a point of view of ideas," in explaining India's explosive growth.

He said that six things had "changed in the mindset of India, which is really responsible for the growth that you see today in India -- the dynamism, the vitality, the energy."

Text: Aziz Haniffa in Washington DC

Image: Infosys Technologies co-chairman Nandan Nilekani. | Photograph: Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images

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