Bullet trains can wait, let’s get bullet internet
We have a long way to cover before we can make quality internet connectivity a reality in this nation that envisions a Digital India
At a Community Information Resource Centre at Chanderi, in Madhya Pradesh, a 10-year-old boy comes in and spends time watching YouTube videos of his favourite actors dancing in their movies. He downloads the videos and saves them to his smartphone and runs back home to practise the moves. Engrossed in his own world, he doesn’t notice that other people at the centre are also learning skills from video-based tutorials. Online audio-visual content in regional languages is immensely popular in India because of the dominance of the oral culture and low literacy rates in rural parts. But for this to grow, good mobile internet connectivity is an essential requirement.