There are a number of questions being asked as to why Indian über-geek and guru extrodinaire N.R. Narayana Murthy decided to withdraw from being the personal advisor to our President on IT matters due to ‘personal reasons’. All is not lost. Given our close ties with Iran the President is well advised to get Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s help in developing IT and e-government in Sri Lanka.
President Ahmadinejad’s qualifications for this far exceeds Murthy’s.
Firstly, he is a fellow President, democratically elected in a free and fair election, with shared interests in strengthening human rights and democracy. Murthy at best can buy command and control over a botnet. Secondly, and more importantly, President Ahmadinejad blogs, which is frankly very cool. He started to do so way back in 2006 (and you thought Obama was the trendsetter?) and though he’s stopped now, it’s clear that Murthy’s knowledge of the IT industry is equal to his ignorance of new media.