Author: Adrian Narayan

India: The Rusty Spark into the Digital Revolution

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES– With the second highest number of internet users in the world, the Indian government’s new flagship program, ‘Digital India,’ has potential to become a great success.  With Prime Minister Modi’s trip to Silicon Valley in early September, hype over this new government initiative has wooed the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Microsoft. Along with others, these major tech companies have promised to invest in Modi’s ambitious plans to get rural Indians into the Digital Revolution.  As the global benchmark seems to advance with the information age, its seems logical that PM Modi is ramping up a long-delayed effort to connect...

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INDIA: Cyber Extortion is on the Loose

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES – Online crime is on the rise in India and the nation’s cyber cops say beware digital extortion. As this continues to become a major issue, India has ranked as the world’s sixth most targeted country (second in Asia), in terms of financial institutions that are hacked. Internet hackers have and continue to penetrate feeble security systems of various businesses, in order to encrypt a company’s information. Once this is done, fraudsters are able to cut business owners’ access to their own personal information or worse yet, their entire company’s data. This leaves the victims no choice but to...

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INDIA: “Make in India” or “Break in India”?

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES—A government initiative to make a difference in the third largest Asian economy hasn’t gotten off to a very productive start. Announced back in September 2014, Make In India is an undertaking to invite international companies to manufacture their products in India. Since it’s launch, Make in India has brought in some major companies such as Samsung, Spice Group, and Huawei – but the list stops there. This dilemma isn’t a shocker given the lack of capital and domestic government funding in India. It’s virtually impossible to close down any factories that employ more that 100 employees unless the...

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INDIA: The Lucrative Loopholes Behind the Loon

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES –India has been a major candidate for a development that’s been in the works since its launch in the South Island of New Zealand in 2013. This innovative project is called Project Loon – a mission backed by Google that aspires to provide Internet access to rural and remote areas. An average of 25 percent of the Indian sub-continent has access to the Internet, which leaves an estimated nine hundred million Indians without such a luxury. Project Loon has developed high-altitude balloons that are projected into the stratosphere at an altitude of about 20 kilometers (12.4...

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INDIA: Drugs = Darkness, Destruction, and Devastation

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES– Leaning towards All India Radio, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stresses to India’s youth on the issue of drug use. PM Modi wants to start a movement that is intended for a #DrugFreeIndia through the means of social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even the national radio. This is a bold action coming from the Indian prime minister who seeks to change a portion of the youth culture that consumes drugs. PM Modi hopes to bring about change in the youth culture through the means of decreasing the national average drug use. PM Modi...

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