"Seattle has Bill," Thomas Friedman once wrote. "Bangalore has
Nandan." The co-founder of Infosys -- the Indian company that made
"outsourcing" a household word -- famously gave Friedman the central
conceit for The World Is Flat when he said that
global commerce's "playing field is being leveled" by communications
technology. Now tasked with providing digital IDs to 1.2 billion
Indians, Nandan Nilekani is trying to finish the job he started in the
private sector: bringing a country that never entirely left the 19th
century all the way into the 21st.
A decade and five books later, the world's most famous investigative journalist has told us more about what happened behind closed doors in Washington's global war on terror than anyone. So how does he think it will be remembered?
Carl Bildt, the gadget-obsessed, hyper-accessible Swedish foreign minister, says he spends more than 200 days on the road a year (and that's if his travel is "below average"). "You need to," he says, to "be able to influence things." In between catching the Paris Air Show and flying home for the Swedish midsummer holiday, he spoke with Foreign Policy about what's in his basic black Tumi carry-on.