Date: 30th October, 2014
Vibodh Parthasarathi, associate professor at the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance at the Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, was in town over the last weekend to speak at the Habib University post-colonial higher education conference. Maleeha Hamid Siddiqui met him the next day to find his views about citizen journalism through social media, sacred cows in Indian media and the globalization of the music industry.
How are digital technologies being used for governance in India?
The whole idea of e-governance is moving rather strongly. The quality and detailing of the disclosure has gone up over the past 10 years. There is financial, departmental and legal information [that is being disclosed by the government]. Citizens-related governance such as passports to gas connections are not only expanding but are also becoming efficient. However, it is largely limited to cities.