India’s transformation before and after digitalization is a remarkable feat. The journey from a largely paper-based society to a thriving digital ecosystem has had a profound impact on every aspect of life on every Indian. The aim of this write-up, written in the context of Digital India Week-2023 Celebrations (31st August- 6th September), explores how digitalization has revolutionized India, from its economy and governance to education and daily living, ushering in a new era of possibilities and opportunities for its people.
India Before Digitalization
Before digitalization, India was in a different era. Communication and access to information were not as easy they are now. Before digitalization, communication relied heavily on traditional methods like letters, telegrams and landline phones. People would write letters to stay in touch with loved ones. Access to information was limited, primarily through newspapers, television and libraries. Government processes were marred by bureaucracy, leading to slow and often inefficient services. Banking was done in person, involving long queues and paperwork. Education was classroom-centric with limited access to quality resources beyond textbooks.
India After Digitalization
On 1st July, 2015, Mr. Narendra Modi (the PM of India) officially launched digital India. The Government’s flagship programme to transform India into an empowered digital economy was ambitious, audacious even. Only 19% of the population was connected to the internet and a mere 15% had access to mobiles, but the programme captured a palpable shift in public imagination of India’s place in the world.
Digital platforms like Aadhaar have streamlined government services, reducing corruption and making it easier for citizens to access essential documents and benefits. Online banking and digital wallets have revolutionized the financial sector, making the advent of services like UPI. The field of education has witnessed a significant shift towards e-learning, online courses and educational Apps have made quality education. The digitalization of India has been a game changer; digitalization has revolutionized India and has transformed it into a more connected and technologically advanced society. Improved communication, access to information, and much more. It’s amazing to see how technology has shaped our lives and made everything more accessible. India has truly embraced the digital era! We can proudly and loudly say that we are living in Digital India.
The writer is a BA 5th Sem student at GDC Sogam (Lolab), Kupwara