In his book Imaging India, Indian entrepreneur Nandan Nilekani traces the central ideas that shaped the country's past and present and asks the key question of the future of India and its role as a global citizen and emerging economic giant: How will India as a global power avoid the mistakes of earlier development models? Its future rests on more than simply economic growth; it also depends on reform and innovation in all sectors of public life.
Author and New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman says: "Seattle has Bill. Bangalore has Nandan. ... What makes Nilekani unique? For me it comes down to one phrase: great explainer. ... It was his insight that the global playing field was being leveled by technology that inspired me to write the book The World Is Flat."