Dear Prime Minister Modi,

 

Greetings from Silicon Valley! Congratulations on launching Start-up India and initiating many similarly exciting and much needed initiatives such as Make In India, Skill India, Digital India, Swachh Bharat, and Jan Dhan Yojna. A strong econom...

Silicon Valley, 2015: As I was approaching the last stages of writing this book, I felt it was important to hear from my friends, family, and countrymen and -women about India’s new Golden Age. So I started a survey and made it available on my Facebook page. I also sen...

Mumbai, 2014: “Check out the ‘broken window’ syndrome,” suggested Gopal. “It will explain why everything in India is in a crisis mode—land, air, water, education, you name it.” R. Gopalakrishnan—Gopal or RG to his friends—is one of the most fascinating people I have ev...

Palo Alto, California, January 21, 2014: Arogyaswami Paulraj, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, was awarded the prestigious Marconi Society Prize. It is considered to be the Nobel Prize in the field of information technology. According to the Marconi Society’s p...

Berkeley, California: Bob, a valedictorian at his high school in Philadelphia, was a highly sought-after student. He received scholarships from a number of Ivy League schools, but he found UC Berkeley and the west coast’s unique culture appealing. Like Bob, tens of tho...

Los Angeles, April 2014: Bill Chang, Mike Davis, Janaki Mitra, and Emily Vasquez, friends in their high school dance club, are seniors and discussing their college plans. Thanks to the California Master Plan and additional excellent choices of colleges and universities...

New York City, 2014: Mayank Gupta, K. Venkat Raman, Lakshmi Reddy, Rajesh Sinha and Kusum Thomas are a few of the many Indians who have just arrived at the JFK International Airport. These five are headed to various universities to pursue undergraduate and graduate stu...

Nalanda Vihara, between 629 and 645 CE: Xuánzàng, a renowned scholar from China, arrived in India. The objective of his historic visit was to learn about the Buddhist principles and doctrines, see India’s famous shrines, and gather sacred texts. He traveled extensively...

San Francisco, June 1994: Anand and Poonam Mehta and their two young children just finished their green card processing at San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) immigration desk. They have come a long way from India. Anand and Poonam want a bright future for thei...

New Delhi, 2047: Gautama Raju just won the prestigious National Impact Award from the Prime Minister. Gautama was the first person from his coastal village in Andhra Pradesh to get a college degree. Based on his high school results, science projects, glowing recommenda...

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National Education Policy 2016: India deserves better. Now.

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