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Whither The Middle Class?
Ajit Balakrishnan on how to arrest a worldwide decline. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com As a son and grandson of doctors and a firm believer in a meritocratic education system, and......
Say No To Cookies From Strangers
Mothers' advice from 50 years ago reappears, notes Ajit Balakrishnan. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com I can't help remembering my dear long-gone mother each time I get adventurous and......
Strolling down the street
… and I learn more about economic trends than from books, observes Ajit Balakrishnan. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com Last Friday, tired of a week of a dozen online video......
The rise & fall & rise again of statistics
Ajit Balakrishnan on the surprising drivers of mathematical innovation. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com. The other day, in an attempt to lift the mood of three-dozen......
Staring at an abyss
Do India's laws governing the Internet need revolutionary change, asks Ajit Balakrishnan. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com Some nights nowadays I wake with a nightmare, which is unusual for......
The T-Shirt Wars
Ajit Balakrishnan on the evolution of a cultural symbol. IMAGE: Mark Zuckerberg, Marlon Brando and Peter Thiel. Photographs: Getty Images I stood gazing admiringly at the perfect green......
Why India must create new programming languages...
"Yawn", "Zzzzz... excuse me, I need to nap." Why hasn't India produced a single earth-shaking idea like Python or the World Wide Web, asks Ajit Balakrishnan. Illustration: Dominic......
Unravelling what awaits us in 2022
As the industrial era wanes, the network era looms, notes Ajit Balakrishnan. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com I woke up one day, the eve of the new year, with a nightmare: A vision......
The Next Big Tech Revolution
Blockchain's promise: Dramatically speeding up transactions, explains Ajit Balakrishnan. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com The term 'blockchain' in an ordinary citizen's mind probably......
The E-Comm Debate In India
Ajit Balakrishnan offers a thinking man’s guide to the state of e-comm in a nation of shopkeepers. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com News reports about consumer e-commerce are......
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