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Professor Sathe became interested in Project Aadhaar after interviewing Nandan Nilekani about his book, Imagining India, for an audience at the Los Angeles Public Library in April 2009. (This conversation can be viewed at Fora.TV by searching for “Sathe”—click on Chapter 03 after the video begins to skip the introductions.)

He subsequently obtained Mr. Nilekani's permission to develop a series of case studies—instead of a single case written after the project is completed, with its risk of retrospective bias—to learn from the project as it unfolds over the next few years. This is the first case in the series.

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