Aakash

Andrew Hill

No question, for me, about the most interesting business story of the week: the launch in India of a $35 tablet computer called the Aakash (“sky” in Hindi). For perspective, go to the tablet department of Walmart.com, where $35 will buy you – just – a snap-on case for an iPad 2.

For anyone in doubt about the political significance of the announcement, Kapil Sibal, India’s education minister, rammed it home:

The rich have access to the digital world; the poor and ordinary have been excluded. Aakash will end that digital divide.

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