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The man who turned IT expertise into IDs for a billion Indians

Nandan Nilekani's biometric system puts the poor on the radar while cutting costs

Nandan Nilekani explains the Aadhaar biometric identification system in Bangalore on April 17. (Photo by Akira Hayakawa)

Nandan Nilekani, India, Former Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India -- Winner for economic and business innovation

MUMBAI -- Selling cellphones used to be a serious chore in India. The paperwork could take days, according to a salesperson at a mobile phone shop. A small, black fingerprint reader has changed all that, however.

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