For instance, the chapter on demonetisation tracks an auto rickshaw driver who was greatly inconvenienced by the move but believed fervently that it was for the good of the country. Access to the internet is affecting the progress of progress itself. Agrawal suggests that the smartphone will enable and fuel new desires in lifestyle and consumption but it will not mitigate the problems of poverty, illiteracy and religion. If you are unable to pick up the book, please call us to arrange shipping. More than 50 crore Indian access the web. The rise of low-cost smartphones and cheap data plans has meant the country leapfrogged the baby steps their Western counterparts took toward digital fluency.
He works at a think tank in Hong Kong. Ravi Agrawal is the managing editor of Foreign Policy. His India Connected: How Smartphones are Transforming the Worldâs Biggest Democracy is illuminating, eye-opening, and like the phones it describes, smart. Modern India leaps out of its pages. I read it straight through and I suspect you will too. It is a remarkable work of non-fiction.
The accounts are wide ranging, from a woman who convinces reluctant villagers that a small handheld device can make an incredible difference to their lives, to a man who hopes to revitalize India's demanding but unimaginative educational system, to an actress who is the most Googled person in India, to a host of other ordinary men and women whose lives branched into new tangents when they got their first smartphones. Internet access has provided greater opportunities to women and changed the way in which India's many illiterate poor can interact with the world, but it has also meant that pornography has become more readily available. . What made him believe that? To understand why India will succeed, read this fascinating book. Agrawal, while analysing the relationship between porn and the internet recounts an incident from a few years back where two Karnataka ministers were caught watching porn in the state assembly.
His India Connected: How Smartphones are Transforming the Worldas Biggest Democracy is illuminating, eye-opening, and like the phones it describes,smart. India Connected is his debut book. As always with India, the numbers are staggering: in 2000, 20 million Indians had access to the internet; by 2017, 465 million were online, with three Indians discovering the internet every second. The book is vehemently critical of shutdowns but offers no solution. All our in-store events are free and open to the public. Introduce cheap smartphones and the effect is overwhelming. This, of course, would not have been possible without the advent of mobile technology.
Just as the car shaped 20th century America - with the creation of the Interstate Highway System, suburbia, and malls - the smartphone is set to shape 21st century India. Agrawal wraps up the book with a commentary on demonetisation and the proclaimed shift towards a digital India while remaining skeptical about the same. His writing has also appeared in The South China Morning Post, The Diplomat, China Daily and Caixin. Suchismita Chattopadhyay is a researcher and is currently pursuing a PhD in Anthropology from The Graduate Institute, Geneva. Them: The Failure of Globalism. Agrawal is successfully able to capture the affective, political and aspirational registers produced by the smartphone. The first two parts have three case studies each, while the final part carries two stories.
It is centered on the smartphone, which is indeed transforming the world's largest democracy. And, as Ravi Agrawal argues in this book, there are few places in the world that have experienced that revolution as forcefully as India. Internet access has provided greater opportunities to women and changed the way in which India's many illiterate poor can interact with the world, but it has also meant that pornography has become more readily available. To understand why India will succeed, read this fascinating book. As always with India, the numbers are staggering: in 2000, 20 million Indians had access to the internet; by 2017, 465 million were online, with three Indians discovering the internet every second. I still think that the marriages via Internet are still only a small fraction. It recounts the hard data but also captures the mood of a rising, sprawling, dynamic society.
I read it straight through and I suspect you will too. One should not overstate the case. The book also admirably brings forth the peculiar social conditions of India that must be dealt with by the app creators and users. Like no one else, Agrawal highlights just how far India has come with the smartphone, and how much further it can go. India -- The great Indian currency scramble : the rise of digital money. Ravi is also a gifted writer and his first book is to be published later this year.
He compares the Indian smartphone to the American car, which permanently changed American life, economics and culture. Overall this book is a good but gloomy reading. The smartphone is doing the same for India. In the first part, Agrawal looks into the emerging and evolving opportunities for socio-economic empowerment that the smartphone has introduced in India, while the second part scans the social impacts of web-enabled gadgets. Modern India leaps out of its pages. India Connected takes readers on a journey across India to show how these devices have helped people leapfrog over the technological advances of the West, disrupting centuries of tradition and barriers of wealth, language, literacy, caste, and gender. And he has recently started a new job as Managing Editor of the influential American magazine Foreign Policy.
As a collection of stories, India Connected does not present a unified theory as to why the smartphone is taking hold in India in the way it is. India Connected narrates how the smartphone has generated jobs, promoted fake news, gotten an entire generation to access porn easily and constructed a social world for young people so much so that there are now smartphone de-addiction centres in Bengaluru and Delhi. A timely book at so many levels. Contents: Opportunity -- Fearless in Rajasthan : women and the smartphone -- Hello Macaulay : fixing education -- Missed call : the phone and job creation -- Society -- Lord Kamadeva's digital bow : dating and marriage in the new India -- Cyber sutra : the rise of pornography -- India's iGen : the dark side of the internet -- The state -- Big brothers : internet shutdowns, and Facebook vs. His India Connected: How Smartphones are Transforming the World's Biggest Democracy is illuminating, eye-opening, and like the phones it describes, smart. In an important and detailed chapter on internet policing and shutdowns in Kashmir, Agrawal does not shy away from voicing the difficult questions that the Valley poses for the Indian state.
But that flash of optimism is immediately tempered by a dispatch from a village in Gujarat where the smartphone is banned for young girls. By 2020, India's online community is projected to exceed 700 million, and more than a billion Indians are expected to be online by 2025. The smartphone is doing the same for India. The scale of violence in the valley begs for some measure. In the very first chapter, in a village in Rajasthan, Ravi discovers that an illiterate woman can use the internet by speaking to her smartphone and asking it to play a video of the Taj Mahal. About the Book: The rise of smartphones—and with them access to the Internet—has caused nothing short of a revolution in India. The smartphone is doing the same for India.