The Mahatma, Murthy & Information Technology

Letter to the editor of The New Indian Express:

Ponder over that advice

Information Technology guru N.R. Narayana Murthy‘s suggestion that the industry go rural would be quite the opposite of Mahatma Gandhi‘s vision for rural India. NRN’s suggestion is most unsuitable for our society. The advocacy reveals his tunnel vision of IT as a panacea for the country’s ills. Already, the IT sector has affected the urban set-up by creating a big economic divide, encourgaging ostentatious displays among those who earn huge amounts of money, but have little time for leisure or culture. The new approach to life has generated restlessness, vulgar display of wealth and marital dischord. Westernised, wealthy youth in the IT sector cause others to feel a sense of deprivation and insecurity. The ugly disparity and vast differences in people who otherwise occupy the same spaces creates an imbalance in society. It would not be advisable that this be replicated in our rural areas too. NRN’s suggestion deserves critical consideration.

A. Srinivasa Murthy, Bangalore

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