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Cryptography is wealth generator: Kalam

By N. Ravi Kumar

CHENNAI, DEC. 20. The audience, especially the foreign delegates, had little inkling of the treat they were in for, until the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, wove a web of charm around them with his words and actions.

Mr. Kalam was addressing the international conference on Cryptology, which began here today, through a videoconference facility.

The distance — from New Delhi — did not come in the way of his striking an instant rapport with the audience. Right from the time he took his position in front of the camera it was clear that the first citizen of the world's largest democracy was a man of the masses. It was apparent when he removed a flower vase, whose base seemed shaky, from the podium and urged the gathering with a "we will play" when the National Anthem could not be played on the music system.

If these were enough to break the ice, he greeted the key persons in charge of the conference with a smile and enquired about their welfare.

When Anne Canteaut, a Research Officer with the National Research Institute in Computer Science and Control, France, and a co-chair of the conference, greeted him by waving her hand, the President reciprocated the gesture.

In his address to INDOCRYPT-04, conference organised by the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the Society of Electronics Transaction and Security, Mr. Kalam said the theme — `Cryptology and its application to secure network communications' — was "very important since we are moving into the era of e-business, e-marketing, e-commerce and e-banking." He said the conference should come up with authenticated and assured mechanisms of evolving cryptos with provable security of Indian genesis.

Noting that the work on number theory of the mathematical genius, Srinivasa Ramanujam, was used as applications in communication networks, the President said: "Cryptography is wealth generator and wealth protector."

Language is a form of encryption and India has many languages. "Can we make use of this diversity to our advantage by using different languages as a cryptographic tool?" he asked.

Mr. Kalam, who took 10 questions from the audience, called the names of each one of those who posed the questions. When one of the persons spoke mildly, he remarked, "Oh! You have not taken breakfast." The queries were wide ranging, from the measures of the Centre in the area of cryptographic e-voting techniques to those for preventing crimes via Internet and the advantage of a scientist being the President.

Inaugurating the three-day conference, R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Centre, said the state-of-the-art cryptology was the only know-how the technology community possessed to secure information flow over open networks such as the Internet. Apart from its scientific aspects, cryptology assumed social, political, commercial and strategic connotations.

M.S. Vijayaraghavan, executive director of SETS, and R. Balasubramanian, director, IMSc, spoke at the inaugural session.

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