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Sabka Internet, Sabka Vikas

Sabka Internet, Sabka Vikas

The box of Pandora is teetering unsteadily. The worms crawl creepily out of their cans. The open Internet is under attack. Amidst such an overwhelming avalanche of populist outcry, it is hard to stay neutral in a debate on net neutrality, a concept that only recently has found its way into public consciousness. The support from the public is unequivocal, legitimized in the form of one million emails received by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). While cyber denizens speak out in a voice united for their freedom, a larger picture lurks behind the smokescreen of agitation. In an explicit effort to combat the onslaught of negative opinion, on April 24th the COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) launched ‘Sabka Internet, Sabka Vikas, an online platform tasked with an initiative to connect the 1 Billion unconnected citizens of India.

Gopal Vittal, CEO of Bharti Airtel South Asia, was clearly a man on a mission. Right from the offset, the attempt to paint a vibrant canvas of vision was apparent. Mr. Vittal announced that, ‘We need to invest 500 thousand crores as an industry if we are to make and fulfill the vision of digital India.’ The investment is justified; Mr. Vittal said because a straight line connects the growth of the internet to the growth of productivity, entertainment, and services. However, a canvas of vision can be carried out only by authorities vested in credentials. This seemed to be the underlying message, as Mr. Vittal spoke of Indian voice rates at 37 paisa per minute, being the lowest in the world.

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Nikhil kashyap

An engineer by degree, a gamer by interest and a journalist by exploration. Video games, Short films, News, Documentaries. Blending different narrative mediums, all in the quest to understand how to tell a compelling story.

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