How do you see Nandan Nilekani's decision of leaving Infosys and joining government?

Nandan Nilekani is the face of the rise of India as a tech powerhouse. As co-founder of Infosys, he has helped transform the global software industry. In a forward to Nilekani's recently published book, "Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation," New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman writes, "Silicon Valley has Steve — as in Jobs. Seattle has Bill — as in Gates ... And Bangalore has Nandan — as in Nilekani." Bangalore-based Infosys was created by a handful of smart engineers with just $250. Its business remains strong despite the global recession. The company, which last year reported annual sales of $4.18 billion, has designed part of the wing of the Airbus A380 super-jumbo, written code for companies such as Apple and Cisco Systems, and even creates economic reports for U.S. investment banks. The 53-year-old executive, who is co-chairman of the Infosys board, swung through Silicon Valley recently. He will leave that position next month when he becomes chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)., which is similar to the U.S. Social Security Administration. According to me, this is a sign of the discussion that we often have in our coffee room and drawing room that good people should come forward and become the part of system instead of accusing system. Even though some of the literate and knowledgeable people have reached parliament through upper and lower house but that number is extremely insufficient. In such situation, we need capable to come forward and become the part of system to reform the system. We need people who have knowledge and experience not only in management but in technology can really bring reform in the system. People like Nandan Nilekani are not hungry for red light vehicle thus accepting appointment as chairman of UIDAI, is definitely for serving the nation. Leaving Infosys the organization that had built from the scratch with his hard work would not have been a easy decision for him. At this time, I can only remember of another appointment of Indian government when Indian Government appointed Sam Pitroda in 1984 as the chair person of newly formed department C-DOT. Not to forget, he started PCO system in India that brought telephone charges in India to a affordable price. There must me more such appointments but I am sure not many, that I can mention. I congratulation, Mr. Nandan Nilenkani on his decision to sacrifice his corporate life and business and coming to public life to serve the Nation. What is your view? Do you think it is right decision of the government to invite Mr. Nilenkani to join the government? And do you think it is right decision of Mr. Nelenkani to leave InfoSys and join the government? Do you think he will bring some change?

Asked By: Aggression - Busy at work. - 6/27/2009
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People from all spheres of life should come to politics. Point here should be active role in policy making decisions in politics. The concept of upper house in parliamentary democracy was exactly this one. The working people of high caliber in society who otherwise can not win elections due to lack of spare time for... More
Answered By: barsulee - 6/28/2009
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Myth will be exploded; there are certain units of corporate India which are rising by sheer professionalism, hard work and no-kneel-down policy before government, of which already one has been demeritted; such corporate excellence is due to NDA policies. But, a slave family oriented UPA/congress wants to destroy such... More
Answered By: kalai - 6/27/2009
Actually this is the third such appointment that must be hailed. Sam Pitroda, Russy Modi and Now Nandan Nilekani. Each one of them are pioneers in there own field. I am sure if people like these come forward and participate in public like, the India will change. These people will bring in reforms and revolution in... More
Answered By: LONG LIVE INDIAN REPUBLIC (MS) - 6/28/2009
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