Overview for Information Technology for Masses
This book tries to analyse how the mass use of information technology (IT) can change the North East India into a progressive business destination. Taking stock of socio-economic condition of the the north east region as well as the present IT scenario. IT deals with the e-governance and the key role played by financial institutions like NABARD. It argues that information technology is not only an urban phenomenon, but it brings two uneven people together on equal level. The book will be useful for researchers, policy makers and development workers.
Gopal Misra (Author)
Gopal Misra is a senior journalist, who has worked in some of the leading journals and newspapers of India and abroad such as The Pioneer, Times of India, Janasatta, Sunday Mail and Gulf News. While editing the Congress Party publications in the mid-eighties, he came in contact with the well-known telecom expert, Sam Pitroda. His close interaction with Sam convinced him that telecom and Internet are not only revolutionizing the media and business, the opportunities to the entire society. He joined Siddhartha Ray, one of the pioneers in this sensitive field of telecom and Internet, who had launched now-india.com as a senior executive. While Siddhartha discussed the various business models based on this crucial technology, Gopal Misra, set up a non-registered NGO, Asarkari Manch, to promote Information Technology for Masses. The Asarkari Manch made a number of presentations before the key policy makers, which led to the concept of rural clusters with an IT backbone. This movement brought him closer to persons like Dr. Kamal Taori, who invited him to promote Information Technology for Masses in the northeast region of our country. While Gopal Misra is keen to promote various convergence models for the media, he is convinced that IT will be a key instrument in unleashing the potential of our people.