Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
6. knowledge-era technologies, in contrast to industrial-era technologies, promote democratization and facilitate decentralisation, do you agree? Present your analysis with suitable examples.(250 words)
Reference: Indian Express
Why this question:
The question is based on the article that brings to us the unique connection between the knowledge-era and the industrial-era technologies and in what way the latter is better than the former.
Key demand of the question:
Explain the two kinds of technology era witnessed – knowledge-era and the industrial-era, highlight the advantages of the latter and differentiate the two.
Analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.
Structure of the answer:
Briefly explain knowledge-era and the industrial-era technologies in general.
To start with, discuss the contributions of Industrial era technology, bring out the limitations associated. Explain that in the knowledge era, with emphasis on capability and capacity building of rural youth in terms of holistic education, appropriate technology and enhanced livelihood, there is a possibility for a more balanced distribution of income as well as population. Explain in what way these technologies bring and promote democratization and facilitate decentralisation(quote recent examples to justify). Highlight the effects of knowledge era technology on cities and rural areas alike.
Conclude with importance and suggest that the knowledge era technologies can prove to be a harbinger to the rural pockets of the country.