COUNTERING THE petition by a group of US academicians against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India campaign, a group of intellectuals and economists came out in strong support of the campaign as well as his upcoming visit to Silicon Valley.
In the counter petition, the group alleged that the American intellectuals who have written to tech giants cautioning of risks in dealing with the Modi government, have crossed the thin line between hitting out at Modi and hurting India. “It is high time they are told enough is enough,” the petition said.
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The move comes after more than 100 prominent academics, most of them Indian-Americans, said they were concerned that Digital India’s potential for transparency in bureaucratic dealings with people is “threatened by its lack of safeguards about privacy of information, and thus its potential for abuse”.
Countering the charge, the group pointed out that Digital India is a mission that has the potential to transform the lives of people in India and the PM’s visit to the tech valley is crucial to it. “E-governance, digitalisation have produced dramatic results in curbing corruption. When citizens are yearning for it, US academicians are calling for economic boycott,” the petition said.
Madhu Kishwar, founder of Manushi, said, “This group of intellectuals has crossed the ‘Laxman Rekha’ between hitting out at Modi and hurting India… I think it is time we too stood up and said enough is enough.” She was accompanied by Yes Bank senior vice-president Preeti Sinha and economist Laveesh Bhandari. The petition has been signed by FICCI president Jyotsna Suri, ASSOCHAM chief Rana Kapoor, economist Ashok Gulati, classical dancer Sonal Mansingh among others.
(With PTI inputs)