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G@ndhi’s Web

Has the Internet become an avatar of Gandhi’s charkha? Can its many marvels have the transformative energy of the spinning wheel?

G@ndhi’s Web
G@ndhi’s Web
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Has the Internet become an avatar of Gandhi’s charkha? Can its many marvels—social media, participative democracy, collaborative science, et al—have the transformative energy of the spinning wheel?  Excerpts from a new book, to be released by former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on September 4 at Gandhi Smriti in New Delhi

The history of human evolution is, in some defining ways, the history of man-machine relationship. It is captured, partly though not fully, by the evolution of the tools—technologies in the current idiom—that man has invented to satisfy his material, socio-political, knowledge-seeking, cultural, artistic and spiritual needs. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution in Europe in the 18th century came a time when the man-machine relationship underwent a dramatic transformation, at once liberative and lethal. Breathtaking advances began to be made in science, creating products that quickened and broadened social change. However, they also violently altered the political map of the world. This is because...

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