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