My articles and research on ‘Times of India’

Indian IT Is A Boys Club Like Silicon Valley–But There Is More Hope

This is a piece I wrote at for Times of India which compares and contrasts Indian IT to Silicon Valley. Sadly, Indian IT is as sexist as the Valley is. But the tide is rising in India. When I moved to Silicon Valley from Pakistan, I did not expect that people would be so surprised my cofounder Sabika Nazim is a woman” said Faizan Buzdar, CEO of Convo.  He was also in disbelief at the public battles I have...

Times of India: A tech manifesto for the new (Indian) government

As the Indian political upheaval shows, Indians are fed up with government inaction and corruption . They want accountability, better education and healthcare , and prosperity. And they want them now. Technology-led solutions may be the only way for India’s new government to rapidly uplift its population. Large-scale government programmes and social welfare will take too long. Take education as an example....

Economic Times: What Young India Wants

What young Indians want is no different from what their parents want: a free and democratic society in which anyone can achieve their potential and fulfil their dreams. They want a government that builds infrastructure, educates its people and provides safety and security. All Indians want what they are entitled to: good governance and opportunities. The young, however, also want India to rise above caste,...

Why I Have Become Pessimistic About Indian I.T.

When Wall Street Journal and Forbes published articles, a few years ago, predicting the demise of Indian IT, I responded in BusinessWeek that they were dead wrong. I said that the outsourcing market had a long way to go before it peaked; rising salaries and attrition rates were not a cause for long-term concern; and Indian IT would soon become a $100 billion industry. I was, of course, right. Now I am...

Times of India: Affordable tablets will give the poor a voice

Watching the news from India, one could easily conclude that the country has become more corrupt and that its men have become more violent. Sadly, corruption and abuse of women aren’t new to India. Corruption is a legacy of the British Raj. Women all over the world are abused. What has changed is the ability of India’s normally docile middle class and its youth to speak up and demand change. That is what...

Times of India: Solving humanity’s grand challenges

Many people are fearful that the future will be one of shortages and scarcity and that because of a burgeoning population and dwindling resources, our future is grim. This couldn’t be further from reality. This is the most innovative period in human history. Technology is advancing so rapidly that soon we will be able to solve some of humanity’s grand challenges. Imagine a world with unlimited...

The Economic Times: Technology advances to end China’s manufacturing dominance, open up new possibilities for India

While China raced ahead to become a manufacturing superpower, India focused on IT services. Without the infrastructure and ability to displace populations, India had little choice. Meanwhile, US manufacturing suffered a steady hollowing out as its corporations rushed to China. Seduced by government subsidies, cheap labour, lax regulations and a rigged currency, these corporations had little choice. The...