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The Politics of Digital India: Between Local Compulsions and Transnational Pressures

Pradip Ninan Thomas, Adrian Athique, Vibodh Parthasarathi, and S. V. Srinivas


Transforming India into a digital state has been an objective of successive governments in India. However, the digital, by its very nature, is a capricious, multi-dimensional entity. Its operationalization across multiple sectors in India has highlighted the fact that the digital compact with publics in India is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, devices such as mobile phones have enabled access and efficiencies, and on the other, they have increased the scope for surveillance capitalism and the expansion of governmentality. The digital is at the same time a resource, commodity, and process t ... More

Keywords: Digital India, the State, David Harvey, Karl Polanyi, geopolitics, surveillance, digital rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199494620
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199494620.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pradip Ninan Thomas, author
Associate Professor, School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland

Adrian Athique, series editor
Associate Professor, Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities, The University of Queensland

Vibodh Parthasarathi, series editor
Associate Professor, Centre for Culture, Media, and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi