India Insight

Technology – India’s quiet anti-corruption crusader

September 9, 2011

Technology, not protest marches, might be the biggest eradicator of corruption in India where under-the-table bribes thrive in the world of face-to-face transactions. Many facets of India’s government still operate in Dickensian offices where floor-to-ceiling stacks of paper files can provide good cover and easy excuses for “delays” that only a sweetener of a few hundred rupees can cut through.

XXX domain poses headache for Indian regulators

By Reuters Staff
March 29, 2011

By Neha Arha

People use computers at an internet cafe in Taiyuan, Shanxi province in China November 13, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer/FilesIndia is proposing to block .xxx-registered websites after a global agency governing the web approved the suffix for pornography websites last week, risking confrontation between a fast-liberalising youth and strong traditionalist values.

Women in technology – “unmarketable product in marriage market?”

June 21, 2010

I moderated a panel discussion for an in-house ‘Women in Technology’ event in Bangalore this month.

Welcome to the new in.reuters.com

May 27, 2010

Reuters is a news power house – our 2,800 journalists in 190 different bureaus around the world are dedicated to being the indispensable news source. News has been in our blood for more than a century and a half, but we’ve always been restlessly innovating and always looking to the future.

Trick or Tweet? Can politicians have an online life?

January 3, 2010

I recently came across this article on the Washington Post.

GERMANY BOOK FAIRBeing a part of a generation that gradually, if with cautious unease, learnt to adjust to the Internet, I could not help but compare India’s policymakers with those of developed nations based on their level of acceptance of changing media.

Bangalore: Teething troubles on path to globalisation

November 12, 2009

It has been a rather uneasy transition for Bangalore from “pensioner’s paradise” or “garden city” to the information technology capital of India.

Playing spoilsport with Formula One?

September 1, 2009

Despite the Force India team taking second place at the podium at the Belgian Grand Prix there is no rethinking in the sports ministry on its view that Formula One is not enough of a sport.

The Unique Identity number — putting all eggs in one basket?

July 8, 2009

There was a television ad some time back where a village leader played by Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan cutely decrees that feuding villagers would be known by their mobile numbers rather than names denoting caste or community.

Voting via SMS in the election: reality or fantasy?

April 14, 2009

A politician asks people to vote via SMS whether they want malls in villages. ‘No way’ — comes their response. 

The iPhone 3G dilemma: To buy or not to buy?

September 10, 2008

iPhone 3GWell, if you use your mobile phone just to make calls, send text messages or click photographs — the iPhone 3G is not for you.But in case you are a tech freak who loves tinkering with gadgets, this Apple smartphone might be your dream come true.