Recently, my daughter questioned the point of studying science when there was ‘nothing to invent’. After some parental panic, her words almost made sense. Historically, we invented ‘things’, but the digital age is about harnessing data and IT capabilities to invent ‘solutions’. It is the potential of this data and IT combine that has driven the value of the top eight US tech companies to $2.4 trillion — higher than India’s GDP.
In launching the Digital India initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recognises two facts about the digital ecosystem: That India must emerge as a leader and that it is integral to achieving the broader agenda of development, the Make in India initiative and improved governance.