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Balmiki Prasad Singh

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198060635

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198060635.001.0001

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Postscript: ICT and Mahatma Gandhi

Postscript: ICT and Mahatma Gandhi

(p.146) Postscript: ICT and Mahatma Gandhi
India's Culture

Balmiki Prasad Singh

Oxford University Press

Indian civilization is deep-rooted and far-reaching. There were four encounters that have been seminal in Indian civilization. Each of these four civilizational encounters has deeply influenced the society, families, and individual beings and are living parts of consciousness and ways of living. The fifth civilizational encounter, encompassing all aspects of our living is the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Revolution. Based on connectivity, ICT is radically transforming production and consumption pattern; access to information; governance; and politics. As warned by Mahatma Gandhi, it is also necessary to be aware of the evils associated with machines. There are two divergent views about Mahatma Gandhi's attitude towards ‘machines’ and ‘modernization’. The comments of Rabindranath Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru and Ernest Fritz Schumacher are chosen for further discussion.

Keywords:   Indian civilization, Information and Communications Technology revolution, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru, Ernest Fritz Schumacher, machines, modernization

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