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In 1955 when the Indian Statistical Institute was looking to procure a digital computer, the eminent scientists reached out to the Rajiv, just 11 years old then.

"I will get you a HEC-2M," he said.

So it was that a youngish Rajiv brought the first computer to India.
The Institute found the HEC-2M a little difficult to work with.

So, they approached Rajiv again in 1958, 14 years old.

He brought them a URAL-1 from Russia, with the manuals in Russian.

No worries, though, as he taught the scientists Russian so they could use the machine.
Rajiv told Nehru that India needed an indigenous computer, and they pushed TIFR to develop one.

In 1962, an 18-year old Rajiv made it possible to install TIFRAC, an indigenous full computer at TIFR.

It stood for TIFR Automatic Computer, as suggested by Rajiv to Nehru.
Of course, you cannot keep a 19-year old Rajiv from not thinking about the future of education.

In 1963, therefore, he brought an IBM 1620 to IIT, Kanpur, a computer that was then used in US universities.

Rajiv also taught students and professor Fortran programming on that.
As TIFR figured out that it is easier to buy a computer than to build them, they once again approached Rajiv, then just 20.

"US is the place to be," he said, but it was unclear if he was professing or prophesying.

Anyway, he then brought them a CDC 3600-160A in 1964.
Reaching rare peaks of clairvoyance, Rajiv, just 23, suggested setting up Electronics Corporation of India Ltd.

In 1970, just 26, he pushed for setting up a Department of Electronics and a separate Computer division at ECIL under this new department.
The next few years were disastrous, partly due to his mother.

In 1971, Nixon placed embargo on import of computers.

In 1972, Dandekar Committee on Auomation controlled the use of computers.

In 1974, Buddha smiled but Uncle Sam frowned, once again.

Just 30 years old. Sigh.
A lesser mortal would have given up, but not Rajiv.

He went to the US and convinced his friend, some Gates, to start a company.

"What shall I name it?" asked Gates.

"Microcomputer Software. Micro-Soft."

The rest, like Microsoft, is history.

1975. Just 30 years old.
Just as he was celebrating the early success of Micro-Soft, he got a trunk call from India.

"Who is it?" he asked, as he was handed the phone.

The man shrugged his shoulders, and said, "Some Emergency. It's your mother."

So, he was busy the rest of 1975.
On April 1, 1976, when Rajiv was just 31, he asked his friends, Jobs and Wozniak, to found a new company.

"It's April Fool's Day, the best day to fool people."

"What do we call it?"

"Give it the name of a fruit to fool them. It's like multilevel fooling."

So, Apple was born.
In the early years of Apple, Rajiv had urged Wozniak and Jobs to create what he called a computer with a "graphical user interface".

In 1983, Apple launched Lisa without fully listening to Rajiv, and it was little wonder that it failed.

"USD 9995?" taunted Rajiv. "I told you."
"We are now willing to listen to you," pleaded Wozniak and Jobs.

"Here is what you do," said Rajiv.

In 1984, Apple launched Macintosh and, as Rajiv said, got it right.

Rajiv was just 39, and he had helped launch two of the biggest companies then, besides others, of course.
When Rajiv became the PM he made earth-shattering changes to government policies on computers. We all know that quite well, but my intention was to highlight his contribution, more immense than a big tree, when he was younger.

Also, an interesting link:…
Reached out to Rajiv*. I became the Ashutosh. 😋
Microsoft was called Micro-Soft earlier.
Just to mention that the names of computers, institutes, departments, as well as the years, are all factual.

I am not an eminent historian to make up *every* damn thing.
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