The war over Aadhaar is now seeing its final episode in the Supreme Court, which will shortly rule on whether it can be made mandatory by the Government as an identity document. Ironically, it is Aadhaar’s very success that has alarmed its opponents, and for that, credit must go to Nandan Nilekani. He oversaw the setting up of an entirely new system from scratch to cover hundreds of millions of Indians. And while he too agrees that privacy concerns must be addressed, Nilekani remains a strong defender of Aadhaar despite having been appointed by the previous Government. When Infosys found itself in a crisis after NR Narayana Murthy forced Vishal Sikka out of the CEO’s position, it was to Nilekani again that the software company turned to achieve stability as the new chairman of its board. This was the year that Nilekani bounced back into the consciousness of India.