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.


The importance of being anonymous

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

The Aadhaar debate: Is common ground possible?

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

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

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

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

What to do about artificial intelligence

Make it work for the poor, two tech leaders say

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

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

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

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

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

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