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By Daniel Lak

These days India is within the information virtually day-by-day, and it truly is taking over a way more concerned function in overseas politics, coverage, and army intervention. Daniel Lak concludes that the energy that democracy provides it signifies that India is far better located to maintain its newfound superpower prestige than China, whose political method is certain to finally prevent it. As a professional who has coated the area for the BBC for the final twelve years, Lak weaves jointly his sizeable wisdom of Indian politics, economics, and tradition with attention-grabbing tales of daily humans, to provide readers with a complete and compelling consultant to this attention-grabbing country.

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At first, they frequently were code punchers and keyboard jockeys, doing what they were told to do by American-born entrepreneurs and computer professionals. But soon enough they became key players, inventors and investors themselves, starting up new businesses and marketing the next big thing on the World Wide Web or in computer gaming. qxp 1/10/08 12:00 AM Page 17 Debugging the Millennium 17 San Francisco Bay area. Most of them either worked in high tech or were drawn to its margins, opening restaurants and shops to service the IT professionals from home.

So Sam Pitroda urged his boss, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, to allow the import of some relatively simple switchboard technologies that, he argued, would eventually lead to cheap, locally developed phone services in practically every hamlet in the land. Predictably, there was bureaucratic resistance. A generations-long tradition of protectionism doesn’t disappear overnight. But today, Pitroda’s dream is made manifest in the ubiquitous PCOs, or public call offices––tens of thousands of them across India––in which local, national and long-distance calls can be made, monitored and paid for on the spot.

Wipro began as a vegetable oil company and is still largely privately owned. S. and European stock exchanges. Tata Consultancy Services is part of the massive, family-owned Tata group, which includes steel, automotive, electrical power generation, tea gardens and other enterprises. The Infosys campus resembles nothing less than a state-of-the-art technical university built with no expense spared. Its towering office blocks and other buildings are sheathed in reflective glass and grouped around a sprawling employee services complex that includes a sizable health club, a concert venue and fast-food outlets that are among the busiest restaurants in the country.

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