As the world goes towards curating a digital present fashioning a new modern , the basics of society seem to take a back seat. The fundamentals seem to be out of focus. There is hunger and no stress on food production reform except agri biotech start ups concentrating on weed resistant strains. Farmers kill themselves in hordes, and DeMo does not make it any easier.
The era of the digital is always leading to a wave of job losses, and the good minister for railways calls it an opportunity for entrepreneurship. Digital is not adding to job creation, rather the process efficiencies are canabalizing work.
Narrative spins can shift perceptions for a while, but the ghosts of medieval realities haunt if the level jobs are not created. Development as performance mediated via totems such as bullet trains (on loan money, just before polls in Amdavad), statues and ‘Skill (Fail) India’, ‘Start Up (Where?) India and Clean (Build Toilets) India’ can take the electoral gravy train thus far.
In the IoT era, there are missing tracks which cause fatal train accidents. Where is the network of smart sensors for failure detection? Digital Modernity needs to be recalibrated to the basics. The questions we need to probe is:
Is this hype changing basic quality of life for a certain segment of the population?
Most identify based services are online in India, though can be expedited through an additional facilitation fee. Ask any small time trader negotiating the morass called the GST.
Achche Din needs more gravitas. BMKJ. Jai Maharashtra.