This book analyses the rise of Indian computing. Interleaving history and memoir, it describes key moments and decisions that led to the slowdown in the 1960s and 1970s and the changes in the 1980s that fuelled the ascent of the software industry to pre-eminence in what has become one of the world’s most important industries.

Along the way the author reflects on the nature of science, the importance of computing and the interplay of theory, experiment and technology. He discusses the wide differences in the academic perception of computing in India and the rest of the world and how it affected the growth of Indian computer science as well as the computing industry.

This memoir is not a technical history and reading it does not need technical knowledge. It is a personal account of the unparalleled explosion of an industry seen through the eyes of someone who was there from the beginning.

Digital Republic is a timely analysis of the rise and rise of India’s software industry.
As India began to confront the realities of computing, there was opposition from unions countered by the relentless move of technology. Despite the odds, computer science was made to grow.

By 1997-2000, the Indian IT companies started to stretch their wings and demand quick achievement. This period of furious growth raised accusations from within and without of incarcerating young people in a web of body-shopping and dull mindless work. In fact, it was the formative time of an enormously successful industry where research and development had to struggle to contribute to the work of fast-moving projects

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