Tuesday, January 6, 2015

From luxury to necessity

Gone are the days when the 'stay connected' campaign professed by Nokia at the dawn of Y2K built a network of personal and professional relationships with the increasing boom of the mobile market while Internet at the time was an unquestionable luxury floating in the air like a chimera. Little did we know that one day, clubbing both these technologies will splurge into a humungous market, probably the dawn of a new digital era.
     The role of internet has since evolved beautifully from a luxury to a necessity. Internet has wet its feet in every single strata of the society. Information today holds a godly status in our lives. No matter which profession we're in, Internet can longer be restricted to just I.T. Every urbanized household today prides itself on using the Internet albeit for Googling pretty actresses or downloading pirated torrents. Internet has become the next big thing after food, clothing and shelter or probably more significant. The increasing impetus of the cloud has seemingly glorified this further.
      However widespread its applications may be, we as citizens of India are still lagging behind when it comes to ubiquitous penetration. Still only a fragment of our population has access to Internet whereas all the other interiors of india are still locked away inside their labyrinths. Its not wise to blame them either because its our Government which has to realize the noteworthiness of this issue. The world is moving at a pace where lack of Internet would just leave the outcasts behind. There are global campaigns led by some visionaries like Mark Zuckerberg which emphasize the need to penetrate the petty towns not only in India but also around the rest of the globe. We as a nation are in a phase where we're afraid to adapt to internet despite the availability of a 3G or an 4G LTE network around us. I personally believe that the future of data management is going to be migrated to one big repository, the Cloud but then again, thats just mere conjecture.
      Our government must exhort a similar movement to fuel up this process. Why must we be labeled as technological hub when our own kinfolk are denied Internet access in their dire need. Needless to say, today a ten year kid knows the monumental value of it when his/her internet connection is cut off even for an hour and they go berserk over it. Information today is out there and no where else and theres no reason to disrupt this natural process.
     It gives me immense satisfaction that our very own Prime Minister has realized its pros and met with Mark Zuckerberg to drive the 'Digital India' campaign forward. Why not support them in this noble cause rather than wasting our time protesting against puny causes like banning PK and passing ridiculous comments on what girls must wear and refrain from wearing. Let us rise to the occasion, put down our feet and say, "We're going to transform this nebulous dream into a successful reality". 


  1. Couldn't agree more. The gap between the haves and have-nots in the digital age will grow at geometric proportions rather than in a traditional linear fashion. This will leave behind millions and create a chasm between digital haves and havenots that will have a civilizational impact. You could potentially have millions who would have lost the way in a post modern society.
    India is one country where people from several centuries still live side by side as if time is frozen. We still have millions who have not seen the inside of a car or made a phone call or may not have experienced the wonder of a light bulb (I hope I am wrong on this one).
    What the PM needs to do is take a bold step and make broadband access a subsidized commodity leap frogging India into the 21st century. In the short run this would be a burden on the ex-chequer but in the long run this is going to pay such rich dividends that we could dream of at least reaching standards of the likes of south korea or japan or singapore.
    Indians are resourceful,entrepreneurial and creative and having access to broadband will help unleash these potentials.
    India is slated to cross china in terms of number of internet users sometime in 2025 and its predicted that a vast majority will be thru mobile devices with most of them experiencing internet for first time via their phones.
    That poses a unique challenge and oppurtunity for young indians to think creatively and innovatively to bridge the gap and not repeat the mistakes of the industrial age.

  2. I concur. It will however prove to be a long process and a sluggish one unless some influential entity like our PM subsidizes internet as you cited earlier on. Furthermore, Internet awareness programs must be campaigned to voice this message to our masses and enrich the rural scenarios. This will help them imagine a better world with a bolder perspective which is precisely what our nation needs at this juncture.