N S Ramnath
Senior Writer
Founding Fuel

NS Ramnath is a senior writer and part of the core team at Founding Fuel, and co-author of the book, The Aadhaar Effect. His main interests lie in technology, business, society, and how they interact and influence each other. He writes a regular column on disruptive technologies, and takes regular stock of key news and perspectives from across the world. 

Ram, as everybody calls him, experiments with newer story-telling formats, tailored for the smartphone and social media as well, the outcomes of which he shares with everybody on the team. It then becomes part of a knowledge repository at Founding Fuel and is continuously used to implement and experiment with content formats across all platforms. 

He is also involved with data analysis and visualisation at a startup, How India Lives.

Prior to Founding Fuel, Ramnath was with Forbes India and Economic Times as a business journalist. He has also written for The Hindu, Quartz and Scroll. He has degrees in economics and financial management from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning.

He tweets at @rmnth and spends his spare time reading on philosophy.


Is it a yes or a no? The curious case of Section 57

N S Ramnath Oct. 3, 2018, 5:49 p.m. Technology

Is there any scope for businesses to use Aadhaar authentication for ease of business and to provide innovative services? The Supreme Court ruling on the Aadhaar Act has left more questions than answers

When a tech idea goes into a government office

N S Ramnath Dec. 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. Technology

Aadhaar was designed as an enabler, a utility. That is its strength, and its weakness

Bill Gates, Nandan Nilekani and the idea of societal platforms

N S Ramnath Nov. 16, 2017, 4:31 p.m. Technology

EkStep Foundation is the technical partner of a new global philanthropic initiative Co-Impact. What exactly is it bringing to the table?

The Aadhaar Briefing Note #2

N S Ramnath Sept. 19, 2017, 1:05 p.m. Big Ideas

The question of fake IDs; catching tax evasion; Equifax and the safety of our data in private hands; exciting opportunities in Bharat; Google Tez; and more

The Aadhaar Briefing Note #1

N S Ramnath Sept. 7, 2017, 8:34 a.m. Big Ideas

What’s next for Aadhaar after the Supreme Court’s privacy verdict? Should we worry about the security of the Aadhaar ecosystem, even if we are confident about the security of its core database? Is Facebook becoming a data monopoly? And a digest of recent news on Aadhaar

How data is eating the world, and what India needs to do

N S Ramnath Aug. 23, 2017, 6:03 a.m. Technology

Nandan Nilekani and his team presented their vision on democratising data. It won’t be an easy task

Consent isn't enough to protect data. We need accountability: Rahul Matthan

N S Ramnath Aug. 10, 2017, 3:25 p.m. Big Ideas

The Bengaluru-based lawyer who specialises in technology, says Big Data and machine learning have broken the decades old consent model, and there is a need for a new paradigm

Yes, we need privacy protection. No, it’s not just about Aadhaar

N S Ramnath July 26, 2017, 3:40 p.m. Big Ideas

The pro-privacy debate has become an anti-Aadhaar stance. Are we missing the forest for the trees?

The importance of being anonymous

N S Ramnath July 13, 2017, 1:39 p.m. Technology

A minor subplot in the grand narrative of Aadhaar has raised important questions about privacy

The Aadhaar debate: Is common ground possible?

N S Ramnath June 17, 2017, 8:41 a.m. Technology

Discussions on Aadhaar often descend into shouting matches. One way to make progress is to break it down into smaller bits to understand the nuances

The Sceptical Optimist: A philosopher’s take on technological progress

N S Ramnath April 21, 2017, 9:08 a.m. Technology

In this interview Nicholas Agar, author of ‘The Sceptical Optimist’, talks about why unquestioning enthusiasm and a blanket rejection of technological change are equally misguided

How Uganda fixed leakages with transparency, and why it matters to India

N S Ramnath April 15, 2017, 6:21 a.m. Big Ideas

India’s subsidy system needs reform, but the lack of information from the ground undermines the state’s ability to design right policies. Aadhaar promises that information and transparency

Midday meals and Aadhaar: The debate reveals how to make the system robust

N S Ramnath April 1, 2017, 6:56 a.m. Big Ideas

Look closer at the debate and you’ll see takeaways to strengthen the system

What to do about artificial intelligence

N S Ramnath Feb. 23, 2017, 5:31 a.m. Technology

Make it work for the poor, two tech leaders say

Three Aadhaar-related budget announcements that you should take note of

N S Ramnath Feb. 3, 2017, 7:53 a.m. Big Ideas

The push to BHIM, Aadhaar Pay and formal credit to micro entrepreneurs

The ICICI Bank-PhonePe stand-off, UPI and the great unbundling

N S Ramnath Jan. 23, 2017, 12:03 p.m. Strategy and Innovation

Traditional banks have embraced UPI and have the added advantage of an existing customer base. So, why are they worried about startups? In one word, unbundling.

Aadhaar 2.0

N S Ramnath July 31, 2016, 3:13 p.m. Big Ideas

In this podcast Nandan Nilekani and the key people behind Aadhaar talk about what it took to create such a massive programme, what comes next, and the insights it can offer on executing a large, complex project

Aadhaar: A quiet disruption

N S Ramnath June 25, 2016, 2 p.m. Big Ideas

Having registered one billion Indians, the team behind Aadhaar is now creating a digital infrastructure—the India Stack—that promises to disrupt financial services, make service delivery dramatically cheaper and efficient and boost the startup ecosystem