Digital India is a Government of India campaign that claims to facilitate the delivery of Government services to citizens online or through other tech approaches. However, the project has been haphazard at best, plagued with security issues, data leaks and a less than responsible approach by the government toward securing the interests of citizens. The only people who are benefited from Digital India projects are big data players, digital banking organizations and those who create applications for the first two. Citizens are denied the right to privacy, government services and even food for the poorest citizens, if they don’t comply with the ambitious projects.
Additionally, many government initiatives, notably the Aadhaar and the demonetisation have resulted in considerable deprivation of citizens, for which there is no accountability. This has resulted in an ongoing and growing dissent by citizens of the country who are technologically literate. However, lacking adequate legal provisions to engage with the system and a government that ignores any information that could hinder their relentless rollout of “modernization”, there are few ways other than protest and in some instances, public interest litigation available to digital activists.
As soon as the demonetisation of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes was announced, I had said that it was a forced and public funded “bailout” of banks. This article examines news reports from the last year and explains how I arrived at the conclusion.Read More
Political parties in India are not required to account for small cash donations. This has been used to do much evil in India. Political parties should consider exchanging the troublesome notes for citizens as donations received and returned (for whatever reason, including “demonetisation”) and get the notes exchanged in bulk at the RBI (or deposited into […]Read More
There is an abundance of claims by the government both about the virtues of demonetisation as well as the duration of the “inconvenience” people have to go through. Here is my attempt to debunk some of them. To begin with, there is a slight problem. The objectives of the demonetisation have not been officially and explicitly […]Read More
What follows is a compilation of excerpts from various articles describing the impact of demonetisation. Demonetisation effect: Cash crunch hits transport business hard The demonetisation exercise has put the trucking business, one of the largest unorganised, cash-based sectors in the country, in great difficulty. Operators say their truck transport business has been badly hit by […]Read More