India used to be a pioneer in establishing civilizations and building major cities but the British and Republic era caused a decay. We need to build 500 new Harrapas. This talk focuses on 10 new commandments for our new cities like health, energy, community-building and waste management.

In this TEDx talk, Balaji Viswanathan, an engineer, entrepreneur and a prolific writer talks about 18 new ideas to transform India and the need to build new settlements.

Balaji Viswanathan is an Indian writer, author, entrepreneur and engineer.. He is popularly known for his answers and posts on the question-and-answer site Quora. He has been the top-writer for the year(s) 2013, 2014, 2015 2016 and 2017 with over 20 articles published on Forbes, Slate, Business Insider and other places. He is the author of From Tryst to Tendulkar: The History of Independent India, a book on the history of contemporary India. During his college days, he was a three times winner of the prestigious medal from the National Design and Research Forum – for my research. As a student, he was invited to meet the most famed President of India Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam at his office for one on one discussions. Balaji is the founder of NalandaU, CEO & co-founder of Be Limitless Inc and Zingfin.com. He joined Microsoft after graduation as Software Design Engineer. Presently, he is the VP of products at Invento and product manager at Black Duck Software.

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