The relationship between technology and economy has been a subject of debate for centuries. In the earlier times, technology was only the domain of upper class intellectuals. The access to technological advancements was restricted to these upper echelons of society thus curbing the intellectual or economic growth of poor commoners. This was a systematic ploy designed to oppress the marginalized and downtrodden masses who could never rise above their social conditions. Times have changed today and how. Technology is no longer the tyrannical force that strategically separates the unprivileged sections of the society from the privileged ones. In fact, in this age of computers, the digital divide is diminishing now faster than ever.
Only when a society is truly educated and empowered, it can move towards economic growth. Computers have becomes a formative aspect of children’s education today. If underprivileged children too were allowed access to computers with proper guidance and training), a brighter future could be ensured for them. It is absolutely imperative under present day circumstances that the digital divide between the rural and the urban population is reduced drastically. This can be made possible by including computers as a mandatory subject in the curriculum and providing low-profit schools with an adequate number of computers.
Whether desk jobs or field jobs, what has become an absolute necessity for job applicants is a basic knowledge of computers. Unless the digital divide between an urban and a rural job applicant exists, there can be little hope for the economy to prosper holistically. The introduction of computers to the massive rural populations of the country will not only open up new job opportunities for them but also help companies expand inducting more staff. Unemployment will be a problem of the past once the poor people find access to computers and educate themselves on equal terms.
Even after years of independence, there are many villages in India today which do not have the basic amenities of urban life such as electricity. If an economy has to prosper as a whole, all these neglected villages and towns have to be taken into account. They must undergo a digital revolution. Only then would it be possible for the country to ensure economic growth for all its citizens. If the economic conditions of the downtrodden must improve, it can be only be brought about by the implementation of computers across all rural areas.
In a country as economically disparate as India, policy making becomes extremely complicated as the gap between the rich and the poor sections of the society do not allow any room for uniformity. With the introduction of computers and other technological privileges for the poor, much of this gap has been bridged. But government policy making, both at the centre and at the state level, still straddles to keep things on an even keel. With the growing empowerment of the marginalized, there is much hope for better policy making which would not be designed to appease certain sections of the society but to ensure economic prosperity for all.
Computers can thus go a long way in ensuring sound economic growth and progress, especially when they are introduced to the communities of poor and unprivileged people. Only when economic decisions affect all in the same way there can be any hope for the country’s overall economic progress.