Way back in 1991, when a successful chartered accountant (CA) named Dewang Mehta was offered the charge of a small software body called Nasscom, little did anyone imagine that he would become a legend – unfortunately, not a living one – in the software sector. Nor did anyone believe that a sector with a mere $100-million (Rs 466-crore) overall revenue would rake in $50 billion (Rs 2.33 lakh crore) over the next two decades.Nasscom had a humble beginning. The first summit was held in 1990 in Delhi. And Dewang Mehta had written an article on this. “The article was very well-written; the vision and thought process was very impressive. So, when we were looking for a replacement for Anil Srivastava, I approached Dewang,” recalls information technology (IT) veteran and Chairman & Managing Director of Onward Technologies, Harish Mehta. He was also Dewang’s old-time friend. more