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‘95% of video consumption in India is in regional languages; Hindi internet users will outnumber English users by 2021’

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Caesar Sengupta is Google Vice President, Next Billion Users and Payments. He spoke to Nalin Mehta about why India is central to the future global growth of the internet and how this is changing the way digital products are being designed. Globally we have over 4 billion internet users now and another billion coming in, mostly from Asia. […..]

‘India choosing to benchmark itself on PISA a massive signal … it says India wants to be measured globally’

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India recently announced that in 2021 it will be rejoining the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which tests performance of 15-year-old schoolchildren in mathematics, science and reading. India withdrew from this global measurement system administered by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2009. Junaid Ahmad, World Bank’s Country Director in India, spoke […..]

Crossing the Rubicon: IAF air strikes in Pakistan mark a paradigm shift in India’s strategic calculus

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When Julius Caesar’s 13th Legion crossed the Rubicon river in northern Italy in 49BC, despite explicit orders not to do so from the Roman Senate, he crossed what was previously considered an unshakeable military and political red line. Caesar’s epigraphic words at that risky juncture – ‘alea iacta est’ (the die has been cast) – […..]

Easy to talk war on TV, but knee-jerk is not the answer

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Not since Mumbai’s 26/11 has the nation been so united in its horror and anger at a terrorist attack as by the brutality at Pulwama. The sheer scale of the loss and the macabre images of destruction at the Pampore-Letapore section of the Srinagar-Jammu highway have so seared India’s collective consciousness that it simply cannot […..]

‘All countries should talk more, also India and Pakistan … Bondevik’s Kashmir visit was private travel, not governmental’

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Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg is the first Norwegian PM to undertake a bilateral visit to India in 10 years. She spoke to Nalin Mehta on why Norway’s sovereign pension fund has invested significantly in India and on why India and Pakistan should talk more:  It has been 10 years since a Norwegian PM came to India. In terms […..]

With Sundar Pichai, on his homecoming at IIT Kharagpur

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