One of the most common mistakes made by people when they hear the term information age is to think of mobile phones, computers, or, at a more abstract level, the Internet.
The real meaning is far simpler: just as the industrial age was one where industrial or factory output was the main currency of economies and societies, the information age is one where information becomes the main currency.
This is exactly why Right To Information (RTI) laws run into trouble—not just in India, but anywhere in the world. In the information age, governments, companies, even individuals use information as a means of control. Not surprisingly, they are quite reluctant to share this information because it would mean an erosion of their powers.
Given this, the statistics associated with India’s own sunshine movement are heartening: almost one in four RTI applications met with complete success.
There’s clearly still a lot of work that needs to be done, but there are pinpricks of light in what was once an area of darkness.