Vivek Wadhwa: a tech manifesto for India’s new government

Vivek Wadhwa, Fellow at Stanford Law School, has written a tech manifesto for the incoming government of India, on how technology can help transform the country.

Technology carries many risks and potentially creates new problems.  But, as Vivek explains, it is the only way for India to educate the 200 million children who otherwise will be left out; curb the rampant corruption of the fabric of the country; solve its health problems; and provide clean water to the masses.

Vivek notes that increasing the availability and use of the Aakash tablet – one of the world’s cheapest tablets manufactured in India with the capabilities of the original iPad  – is one way to accelerate social change. Educational apps can be downloaded and widely accessible, thus transforming the educational system; the “digital tutor of the future can provide equally good education to all kids – rich and poor.” 

Vivek goes on to say that “technology has levelled the playing field, and the same advances that are propelling American innovation are available to India. The new government has to give priority to technology infrastructure so that it can reinvent India.”

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