It’s no secret that India is being ruled by English speaking elites- the same cattle class that British had carefully nurtured and ruled the majority by proxy. Gandhi and his ilk stressed on the rural way of life for argument’s sake. While a critique on Gandhi is out of scope here (it’s about wasting time on a worthless history figure)- the IT initiatives should percolate down to the villages to mean anything.
However, I concur with economist Atanu Dey who believes that IT shouldn’t define the face of progress of this nation. I had an email exchange about the same, broadly we agree that it has much to do with the “brick and mortar structures”- in other words INFRASTRUCTURE This fact is lost on the “neo” bloggers who gloat over a working computer in a wayside hamlet powered by erratic electricity.
There seems to be crisis in thought process- something that I aim through this blog to highlight. I maynot be in a position to influence the decision making but flatly refuse to accept the lies and double lies being marketed as truth by those in power.
A personal experience here wouldn’t be out of place. I used to go to a wayside hospital as part of my internship. Almost 40 kms from my place, it was a lovely drive down on my Bullet. In a government set up, we managed the patients with bare necessities- clearly most of them needed specialist care. Most couldn’t afford the same. Fast forward by months and I found myself in a tertiary level hospital with all the facilities. There they charge fancy amounts for admissions, with 24 hour air conditioning et al. A stark differnce of contrasts. It’s here I realised that India doesn’t need fancy stuff to crow about “development”- down to the roots we need basic health care, population control, infrastructure in form of motorable roads, railways,waterways and ports.
Oh well, Telecom too.