LET’S CONNECT THE DOTS
At least that is what we can expect. This much, at least, we should expect now.
India is not about the debate between choosing a socialist or a capitalist system. In fact, with China blatantly following the Capitalist model, while stubbornly preserving its dictatorial precincts, the lines of debates on models of socioeconomic systems of countries is fast becoming irrelevant. A country needs to follow (and follows) what suits it best – based on its ruling dispensation.
India’s democracy needs multinational companies of the world to assist its governments in uplifting masses out of ignorance and poverty.
Yes, no corporate entity does charity. No one is going to uplift masses – hundreds of millions of them – out of poverty and social humiliation – out of sheer goodwill and driven by the chaste purpose of philanthropy.
But they will do it once they find the market – to sell their products – and since their main products are basically ‘channels of information – in any and every possible way’ – they will find an unbeatable (and unavoidable) market in India.
Rulers of China’s autocratic system are not going to budge from their iron-curtain stand on ‘internet freedom’ there. China’s one-party system ruthlessly crushes any dissent – however small it is – and tightly controls, filters and regulate every communication channel – including traditional media and new media.
That effectively rules out a market of 150 crore people beyond reach of the global information-technology giants. In fact, all of them have watched China in anticipation and their growing frustration and realization is forcing them to look towards the next big frontier – as is being said – India.
India, the second most populous nation with over 125 crore people is ‘the holy grail’ for these companies that they no longer need to unlock. Populations of China and India in absolute terms make them lucrative markets because such large population bases offer huge markets – the sizes of which can easily outmanoeuvre Europe and even America.
And India is in better position here – ready to take off – provided its policymakers act in time – and act in unison with the requirement.
A BBC report says India is projected to have the world’s largest middle class by 2030 – 475 million of them.
That is almost four times of Facebook’s India users – at 132 million now. Reports say 90% of them come from ‘internet users on mobile phones’. And according to a TRAI report, India has already over 1000 million mobile phone subscribers. So, there is a big market to catch – a market that can potentially help the government in reaching out to its citizens directly – if the government establishes ‘insightful collaborative efforts’ with telecom operators and other information-technology companies.
‘Insightful collaborative efforts’ – desperately needed to reach India’s illiterates – 287 million of them – maximum in the world – 37% of them – and these are just ‘quantity’ illiterates – quality illiterates are much higher in number.
‘Insightful collaborative efforts’ – desperately needed to reach India’s 49% poor rural households (as the socio-economic caste census says) – poor rural households with 92% of them running on less than below Rs. 10000 a month.
‘Insightful collaborative efforts’ – desperately needed to reach some 363 million Indians living below the poverty line – a poverty line that has always remain controversial – a poverty line that continues to humiliate us with its latest round that fixes urban and rural poverty lines at Rs. 32 and Rs. 47 a month – poverty lines that says the real poverty in India is much beyond the official figure of 29.5%. People like Harsh Mander, in fact, put it as 70% and that is quite logical.
‘Insightful collaborative efforts’ – that also desperately need to direct the energy of 65% of Indians below 35 years – 65% Indians that make India the youngest nation in the world demographically.
And India’s telecom revolution is reaching to them – with over 100 crore connections in July 2015 and they day is not far when India can claim absolute tele-density.
And the infrastructure behind this vast tele-density can prove a major tool in connecting people to the government – to aware them – to enable them – to empower them.
Other parts of the write-up:
WHY MODI’S ‘DIGITAL INDIA’ PUSH IN ‘SILICON VALLEY’ IS IMPORTANT..
WHY MODI’S ‘DIGITAL INDIA’ PUSH IN ‘SILICON VALLEY’ IS IMPORTANT..SILVERLINING
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