All stories by Ajit Balakrishnan
Doctors, lawyers and academics on strikeRediff.com12 Mar 2020
Ajit Balakrishnan offers a thinking man's guide to the angst of the professions.
E-commerce in India: To be or not to beRediff.com14 Feb 2020
Ajit Balakrishnan offers a thinking man's guide to e-commerce controversies.
Let's stop making cash the villainRediff.com14 Jan 2020
Ajit Balakrishnan offers a New Year resolution for our policy-makers.
Is India's economy crashing?Rediff.com3 Jan 2020
'Defence funding is channelled to State-owned research organisations where scientists are merely bureaucrats holding meetings and sending out minutes of meetings and press releases, but have long ago stopped any innovative work.' 'Unless this tragedy is fixed, India's chances to create world-conquering and job-creating new industries are slim,' says Ajit Balakrishnan.
The Exotic Life of an Airforce PilotRediff.com31 Oct 2019
Up in the Sky, Helicopter Stories takes us through the exotic and even charming world that Nitin Sathe has lived as an Indian Air Force pilot, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
University ranking sweepstakesRediff.com25 Oct 2019
Should we really pay attention to them, asks Ajit Balakrishnan.
Au revoir, brands?Rediff.com1 Aug 2019
The current focus on data to measure marketing success could herald the end of an era -- or the beginning of a hype cycle, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
'Talk to Me' explains a paradigm shift in the way we consume informationRediff.com15 Jul 2019
And if you have started wondering why such innovations come only from American companies, Ajit Balakrishnan offers the answer.
Elitism, populism, meritocracy...Rediff.com5 Jul 2019
Ajit Balakrishnan decodes the angst-ridden discourse of the day.
Giving wings to startupsRediff.com13 May 2019
Ajit Balakrishnan offers a recipe for creating 100,000 plus angel investors in India.
Goa: Beyond the sun, beaches, food and feniRediff.com6 Mar 2019
'I had no idea that behind the charming, ever smiling Goan faces, there is so much complexity and history!' says Ajit Balakrishnan.
Selfless, faceless civil servants and their truly heroic actsRediff.com20 Feb 2019
Enabling the online booking and payment for Indian Railway tickets is one such case. Amitabh Pandey's book is about how he went about enthusing teams inside the Indian Railways and facilitating online reservations, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
The vanishing middle managerRediff.com23 Jan 2019
Can business schools re-invent their role, asks Ajit Balakrishnan.
Jobs, cash and other Indian headachesRediff.com8 Jan 2019
Is it time to take a relook at our economic theories? asks Ajit Balakrishnan.
How to make jobs programmes workRediff.com28 Nov 2018
A breakthrough will come from what we teach and how, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
Are ad agencies being re-invented?Rediff.com2 Nov 2018
Or is all of media being re-invented, asks Ajit Balakrishnan.
Explaining the why of algorithmic conclusionsRediff.com4 Oct 2018
Ajit Balakrishnan on the emerging crisis in the tech world.
Fake news and its dimensionsRediff.com6 Aug 2018
Complicated social phenomena behind it, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
Net neutrality and the privacy debateRediff.com27 Jun 2018
Indian policy-makers must see the choices before them as economic, not moral, ones, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
How the Web lost its innocenceRediff.com8 Jun 2018
Ajit Balakrishnan on how the Web could return to its original egalitarian goals.
The elusive search for truth in mediaRediff.com3 May 2018
Is it likely that one of these days, a demand may rise that only truthful endorsement should be made in media and that if it is discovered that she or he in real life does not use that brand, punishment may follow, asks Ajit Balakrishnan.
Internet TroubleRediff.com23 Mar 2018
'Is the tech wonder of our times headed for trouble?' asks Ajit Balakrishnan.
Advertising: Another turn of the wheel due?Rediff.com24 Feb 2018
The world awaits a creative breakthrough for mobile phone ads, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
Are we Indians technology-averse?Rediff.com7 Feb 2018
Some examples that show we may be call for introspection, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
What the Internet holds for India in 2018Rediff.com1 Jan 2018
Or, what will the Indian policy process allow it to be, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
Rethinking our Westernised biasesRediff.com30 Dec 2017
Ajit Balakrishnan reflects on pariahs, small businesses, and blockchains.
India's quest for skillsRediff.com1 Dec 2017
Ajit Balakrishnan on how Indian society and the polity need to be carried along.
Professional manager, businessman...Rediff.com17 Oct 2017
Ajit Balakrishnan on mapping the Business Serengeti.
Let a thousand start-ups bloom!Rediff.com19 Sep 2017
There's a crucial missing piece that can bring in a flood of high-quality angel investors who are vitally needed to kickstart our start-up dream, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
Designing a flag for an upcoming revolutionRediff.com28 Aug 2017
Ajit Balakrishnan envisions a flag to capture the spirit of the impending conflicts of the Information Age.
How cash became a bad wordRediff.com13 Dec 2016
Ajit Balakrishnan on understanding the anti-cash chorus.
What Indian media can learn from US electionsRediff.com22 Nov 2016
Perhaps one aspect of the way modern media particularly print and news television works need some soul-searching: Their tendency to "frame" news stories as a conflict between two personalities, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
How Information revolution differs from Industrial RevolutionRediff.com25 Oct 2016
There is mounting evidence that the Information Revolution may mean the end of large-scale vertically integrated businesses whose guiding principle, "economies of scale", was the defining miracle of the Industrial Age.
All about the mystery of job creationRediff.com19 Jul 2016
The processes that create a seven per cent-plus GDP growth rate without a similar growth in jobs are far from fully understood, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
Is the internet all that it's cracked up to be?Rediff.com21 Jun 2016
Is the internet just a fun thing to do like TV and radio?
Why we need to avoid falling into the soft skills trapRediff.com3 May 2016
A more rigorous training in core skills is required to boost the engineering talent in the country, instead of a varnish of 'soft skills', says Ajit Balakrishnan.
Tips from the original start-up guyRediff.com20 Apr 2016
Steve Case's book is filled with insightful scenes that describe how the modern online industry was put together, notes Ajit Balakrishnan.