IT for the masses
Trickling down to the masses
plays an important role in the lives of the common man in many ways today. This
has happened in an inconspicuous manner over the yearssilently, yet making
its presence as an enabler felt in more ways than one.
Despite the initial furore against computerisation in the 1980s, IT managed
to strengthen its foothold one step at a time. Today, IT is an enabler of the
masses in areas other than governance or home/office computing.
Ushering in a better life
Technology is only as good as the benefits it provides to the common man. This
is why ITs role in improving lives has to be explored.
Today, it is common to see government employees using software with a regional
language interface or teachers using multimedia teaching software to liven up
learning. Registering land requires authentication mechanisms such as biometric
scanners, while technologies like GIS (Geographic Information Systems) are used
in dairy farming.
Hospitals powered by software management systems save lives, while kiosks in
remote villages help farmers sell their produce without middlemen getting in
the way. For every fisherman using GPS to navigate his way to fishing sites,
technology runs behind the scenes telling him where to fish.
And so go on the examples of how IT as an enabler makes a significant difference
to the way Indians live, work and eat.
Behind the scenes
Yes, there is still a long way to go, but the future can be dreamt about only
when we appreciate the value of the present. This is why the power of IT, which
is enabling areas that the common Indian oft sees without perceiving, has to
While examining the presence and impact of technology, it has to be understood
that these are not easy deployments. Many an implementation, and more significantly,
cultural issues (or rather obstacles), have been tided over by the people who
have made these possible. We will also explore some of these aspects in the
pages that follow.