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Digital Empowerment: Seeds Of E-Volution

Forget the Green Revolution. India's hinterland is increasingly ploughing the circuits of the electronic world to reap a brand new harvest.

Digital Empowerment: Seeds Of E-Volution
Digital Empowerment: Seeds Of E-Volution
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EVERY evening, Govardhan Angari lights a joss stick and offers a silent prayer to a computer in a poky 20-sq-ft room in Dehri Sarai, a village 40 km from Indore in Madhya Pradesh's Dhar district. Beside the Pentium II machine on a creaky table, there is a modem, a sheaf of white paper and a battery back-up. This unremarkable paraphernalia has changed the life of the 21-year-old boy, a landless Bhil tribal and son of a daily wage labourer, who takes home Rs 40 on days when he finds work. These days, Govardhan earns up to Rs 3,500 a month ferreting out crop market rates, e-mailing villagers' grouses, generating caste and land certificates out of this rural cyberkiosk. On the side, he teaches some 16 village children the basics of computing. "I saw a computer for the first time only last year," says Govardhan.

That was when he was on the verge of giving up plans of going to college for a degree in history as he had no money to buy books. That was also when the Madhya Pradesh government began a project called Gyandoot to fund rural networked cyberkiosks through panchayats in...
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