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December 07, 2005
Amin: You are very correct about what sustainable development means at the village level. Namely, that the village has an assured supply of good food and water, has "jobs" that give a sense of achievement, has safety for its people (as opposed to being subjected
to "mafia style" terror) and the absence of the sterotypical landlord :), access to education and freedom to study, etc.
You asked “Do you think having a computer will provide that? Well , provided we have the power back ups in place, a computer can provide knowledge and movies. Knowledge in the village context is certainly not programming knowledge-but market quotes, weather
forecasts, local news etc.
The small act of being able to send an email to a distant relative empowers the villager. It is the very basic services a computer can provide that can make a difference. The villager is capable of finding his own water and food, as long as the exploiters
are kept at bay. E-governance in India has to mean e-democracy- that is inclusive governance. Many of us here believe it can happen.
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