Digitalisation in India: The Class Agenda [Part I]

Aspects of India’s Economy no. 81-82

Digitalisation in India: The Class Agenda [Part I]


India, according to the Government of India, is not only a global power, but a Vishwaguru (Global Teacher). This claim may not be borne out by the level of Indians’ median income, productive employment, farm output per hectare, manufacturing strength, technological base, educational status, nutrition, and health. Moreover, the distorted structure of India’s employment, the abysmal economic status of its women, and its overall lack of political and social freedoms further contradict the claims of Global Teacher status.

Nevertheless, in one sphere India’s achievement has won global recognition: its high-speed drive for digitalisation.

Aspects of India’s Economy {Editor: Rajani X. Desai}

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