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'Until the 1984 IT policy, software did not qualify as a business'

Nandan Nilekani | January 28, 2009

'A nightmare of pulsing, twitching, flashing complexity,' was how one intimidated journalist chose to describe a computer in 1954...' writes Infosys [Get Quote] Co-founder Nandan M Nilekani in his much acclaimed book, Imagining India.

Imagining India explores India's recent history, ideas that have evolved and how among other things information technology revolutionised business and governance in the country. From electronic voting machines to electronic railway reservations to the modern stock exchanges, Nandan points out how IT has brought great changes in people's everyday lives.

Nandan Nilekani, one of India's best-known icons, introduces a series of extracts from his book, exclusive to

Today's extract looks at the early days of the computer in India and how it baffled many.

Next: 'You have to break all the rules'

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