Digital Revolution Vs Social Revolution – Connecting the Dots


The world has been witnessing various revolutions as mankind continues to evolve. The term revolution has been mostly associated with bloodbaths, regime changes and military actions. However, there are many revolutions such as the industrial revolution, green revolution, blue revolution that has benefited mankind without any bloodshed. Whenever, the world required any course correction, a revolution occurred to provide new direction.

After India got independence from the British, it has seen revolutions in terms of nationalisation of banks, the JP movement, white revolution, green revolution, Anna Hazare movement etc. Likewise, industrial revolution, LPG policy changes and technological revolutions ensured India becomes one of the major economies of the world. Today, we have reached a point whereby technology has transformed lives in one way or the other. From personal life to the globalization of the economy, science and technology has brought a Digital era which has embedded technology in every social revolution. It is to be understood that technology is an enabler, that ensures broad and free flow of information or processes along with democratization of ability to freely and easily connect with people. It is therefore, that the Anna Hazare movement or the NDA in the 16th Lok Sabha elections were able to gather such mass support.

This shows us the amalgamation of the digital technologies and social revolution in this so called ‘Information Age’. Social revolutions and the digital revolutions, rather than competing with each other, are working hand in hand to bring about societal change. Social usually means connecting people while revolution means changing the fundamental way. This amalgamation starts with people, a common thread between them as these digital tools is made, constructed and developed by people. Therefore, it implies that digitalization is actually connecting people in new way and a faster rate that history has ever witnessed.

I strongly believe that every individual has the power to help shape the outcomes of every major change. Technology acts as catalyst of this change. Today, we see protests on social media regarding any wrong doing, whether in relation to the government or public. We also see internet being clamped down by the government in a Section 144 situation. As Narendra Modi suggests, politicians today should not shy away from social media or digitalization of process as this increases accountability, connects the government directly with the people and helps in solving issues at a faster rate. This is what revolution is all about.

In the years to come, social revolution will see more social revolution that changes the way mankind evolves, and digitalization will play a crucial role in it. Mediums such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp will help people to connect with social revolutions ensuring a change is being brought about. Arguably these social revolutions will amount to the greatest period of innovation ever in human history in terms of its intensity, speed and global outreach.

By Rahul Choudhury



2 thoughts on “Digital Revolution Vs Social Revolution – Connecting the Dots

  1. Nick_RDX says:

    The most fundamental debate for our youth is the choice between Android, iOS or Windows.

    — Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    A glib modernity has embossed the belief that technology can bring about the liberation of human beings.What bothers me is not the digital divide, but the fundamental divide between a rapidly growing technological capability and a snail-like growth in eliminating human deprivation. All the governments post independence have grievously ignored the fundamental bases of development, health and education, leading to colossal failures in eliminating deprivation. It should not be a surprise that in 2011, 50 per cent of rural India was illiterate or semiliterate! Or that dengue grips Delhi now! All this is the result of a shallow understanding of development as merely economic growth and progress in science and technology, rather than ensuring basic human dignity.

    We therefore are in a conjuncture in which 71 per cent of rural India owns mobile phones while 75 per cent of it lives on Rs. 33 per day.

    The idea of attacking poverty, religious bigotry, infrastructure, health and education issues by just by merely increasing the mobile connectivity or creating e-data bases in a country that ranks 55 in the Global Hunger Index is just seems to be a fantasy. The era of globalisation has exposed us to the outside world. Today, a carpet made in the varanasi would not get buyers in Europe, if that company employed child laborers to manufacture it. This can further lead to the total ban of the Indian handicrafts and carpets in the European markets. It might seems a small instance to many of us about beef-lynching, however the world acknowledged it even president Obama tweeted about the incident. This all conveys a picture of a cankered social fabric and intolerance which further can be detrimental to the campaign like- Make in India. Moreover, even after the 68 years of the independence we do not have a uniform civil code, Muslim personal law exists, uttering 3 times talaq, polygamy is still okay under the Muslim laws and even the rules pertaining to Hindu undivided families still exists. It would have been much appreciated if the governments bring in such radical reforms. It is time to realise that the future of India is not in the “fundamental debate” about the “choice between Android, iOS or Windows” it lies in the building of a pluralistic and egalitarian society, which will not sacrifice human beings for technological utopias and which will ensure that the benefits of technology are harnessed in a socially just manner.

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  2. Independent Thoughts says:

    Your expecting too much… You are comparing us with countries which looted other countries for years in the name of trade and have damaged the world living us in a condition where there is not much left for us to survive. Now after just few years of British Raj the country underwent Congress Raj… It has just become an independent country… Give it some time to develop…its rising fast don’t worry my friend…


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