Broadband in every village has to be ensured

As India completes 20 years of Mobile telephony it has many reasons to celebrate. Firstly, 900 million mobile subscriptions owned by about 700 million Indians (discounting for inactive subscriptions and multi-SIM users) are connected like never before. Secondly, by offering the most affordable call rates in the world, it offers immense opportunities in e-governance that…

Schooling needs a digital age upgrade

Technology has revolutionised the way the world networks, orders food, buys groceries and even absorbs knowledge. Its role in the life of a modern-day citizen is increasing by each passing hour. However, not all industries have been able to fully exploit the potential of technology yet. Learning and education is one of those industries wherein…

A tempting minefield

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to a report in Mint , commands a very high approval rating at the end of one year. That must be reassuring to him and many others. This column focuses on India’s foreign policy, conceded one of the successes of this government, even by critics. However, it makes the case…

“Whether it is a hydro electric project, Indus water treaty, it is the people of Kashmir who have to live with the consequences”

Beyond the visible causes for September 2014 deluge in valley, lie the subtle reasons rooted in the network of occupation. The recently released document by Coalition of Civil Society (CCS), entitled ‘Occupational Hazards’ has brought to fore the uncounted repercussions of militarization of Kashmir. In conversation with Saima Bhat, the researchers behind the report, have…

Rural India Leads Record 35% Surge In Use Of e-Governance

Rural India and Gujarat led a record 35% surge over a year in mobile-phone and computer-based transactions with the government, an indicator of demand and future potential in recreating India’s interaction with its government. Hosted on mKisan—a portal that allows central and state government organisations to potentially connect over text messages with more than 80…