The Inside Story of India’s IT Revolution’ By Harish Mehta


The untold story of how a band of dreamers made India the world leader in IT

NEW DELHI, March 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — HarperCollins India releases The Maverick Effect: The Inside Story of india IT revolution in March. The book follows the untold story of how a group of dreamers made India the world leader in computing, written by NASSCOM founding member and first elected president, Harish Mehta.

Praise of the book

“The Maverick Effect is a definitive and authoritative biography of NASSCOM, told by the one who spearheaded the creation of NASSCOM in 1988 and nurtured it as its precious child even after 33 years to the day. Future historians will draw on this work when they research NASSCOM’s role in breaking down bureaucratic hurdles during the early years of the software services industry in India.”- NR Narayana Murthy, Co-Founder, Infosys

“Three decades ago, NASSCOM had a vision for india emerging technology industry. By bringing it to fruition, the lives of millions of people have been improved and the destiny of our country has been transformed. Today we must create a new vision for the decades to come. If anyone today wants to know how such a feat can be achieved, there will be no shortage of inspiration in the pages of this book.”- N Chandrasekaran, President, Son of Tata

“Harish Mehta, in this exceptionally written book, gives his unique perspective on the tireless efforts it took to establish NASSCOM, which has played a pivotal role in enhancing the industry’s global brand image. computing and in the creation of the great Indian middle class. I particularly liked the way he quotes “nothing is possible without men, but nothing lasts without institutions” and uses it as an allegory to speak from NASSCOM.”- Deepak S. ParekhPresident, HDFC Ltd

“Harish brings together the incredible contribution of this industry not only to Indian economic growth but also to the renovation india overall picture. The book is essential reading for those who wish to make their industrial organizations worthy of the trust of policy makers, by ensuring that the maximization of individual company profits is subordinated to national interests.”- Rajiv KumarVice-president Niti Ayog

“Engaging, informative and inspiring. As the start-up ecosystem moves towards scaling, we must learn from the extraordinary journey of India’s IT services industry.”- Rajan AnandanManaging Director, Sequoia Capital

About the book

“The customs officer told me that I had to leave him samples of what I was exporting. I had to leave him the software diskette. The diligent officer immediately stuck a stapler into the diskette and attached it to the form, destroying the media and rendering it unreadable. For a very long time, everyone’s understanding of software differed wildly. This confusion continued into the 1980s and it became difficult to grow the business. The more young software entrepreneurs I met, the more I realized that my frustration was not unique. Something must be done.’

In the mid-1970s, a young man in his twenties living an American dream gave up a lucrative job as a database manager and returned to India. At this moment, India had no computer industry to speak of; computers were a novelty, and the nation was trapped in socio-economic backwardness and a License Raj maze. As young Harish Mehta struggled to find his rhythm, he realized that india The nascent and fragmented IT industry desperately needed a unified voice that could speak to government, change laws, and unlock the country’s potential. In an unlikely alliance of headstrong and competitive young professionals, he united other IT entrepreneurs to dream up a world-renowned association that would revolutionize Indian IT: NASSCOM.

The Maverick Effect is the extraordinary story of this group of dreamers who joined hands to transform a nation while changing the lens through which the world looked India. Priced at a staggering price 200 billion dollars today, the Indian IT industry directly employs more than four million people. It is the largest source of foreign exchange and has helped millions of Indians overcome poverty and move into the middle income group. Honest, open and inspiring, Harish Mehta’s journey proves that no vision is impossible if relentless kindred spirits come together.

Harish Mehta said, “The impact that NASSCOM and the Indian IT industry have had on India is unprecedented. I have often been asked questions about the inside story of the creation of NASSCOM. I realized that I couldn’t direct anyone to a definitive source. And so, I took it upon myself to write a book, which is aptly titled, “The Maverick Effect.” The book talks about some of the fiercest competitors who have collaborated, creating an unstoppable flywheel that is india technology industry.

Sachin Sharmaeditor-in-chief, HarperCollins India, says, “The world today understands and respects the power of india IT industry, but there is an incredible story behind how this global leadership was achieved. The Maverick Effect presents a brilliant inside story of how certain competitors came together, created an industry body called NASSCOM, and transformed a nation. This is a book that will inspire generations to come.

About the Author

Harish Mehta is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Onward Technologies Ltd. He is the founding member and first elected president of NASSCOM, a non-profit organization representing india booming computer industry and considered one of the most exemplary associations in the world. As a leading angel investor, he also spends time mentoring young entrepreneurs and start-ups.

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About HarperCollins Publishers India:

HarperCollins Publishers India is a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers. HarperCollins India publishes some of the best writers from the Indian subcontinent and around the world, releasing around 200 new books every year, with a print and digital catalog of over 2,000 titles spread across 10 editions. Its authors have won almost all major literary awards including Man Booker Prize, JCB Prize, DSC Prize, New India Foundation Prize, Atta Galatta Prize, Shakti Bhatt Prize, Gourmand Cookbook Prize, Publishing Next Prize , the Tata Literature Live Award, Gaja Capital Business Book Award, BICW Award, Sushila Devi Award, Prabha Khaitan Woman’s Voice Award, Sahitya Akademi Award and Crossword Book Award. HarperCollins India has been awarded Publisher of the Year three times: at Publishing Next in 2015 and at Tata Literature Live! in 2016 and 2018.


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