Par­adise Lost!

Voice&Data - - EDITORIAL - Kr­ishna Mukher­jee kr­ish­nam@cy­ber­me­dia.co.in

My heart goes out to the in­no­cent kids of this na­tion who have had en­coun­tered bar­barism of our so­ci­ety. The re­cent grue­some at­tacks on kids are not only heart-wrench­ing, but push us to think what type of world we are giv­ing to our fu­ture gen­er­a­tion to live in.

We boast of our growth, achieve­ments, suc­cess, etc and how the new In­dia is dif­fer­ent from Bharat, but all th­ese will fall flat if our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions are left out and we can’t pro­vide them a se­cured en­vi­ron­ment.

Poli­cies such as Na­tional Tele­com pol­icy should not be a mere pol­icy, but it should be thought of at a ground level. For in­stance, a ring­side view is re­quired that how in­creased ru­ral pen­e­tra­tion or broad­band for all will re­duce cer­tain crime rates or elim­i­nate the evils of this.

When it comes to tech­nol­ogy, the world is mov­ing at a break­neck pace, so why can’t tech­nol­ogy play a key role in elim­i­nat­ing the evils? Why can’t we en­cour­age tech­nolo­gies, or sci­en­tists who are de­vel­op­ing cer­tain sen­sors to de­tect sex­ual as­sault? In fact, a sci­en­tist at MIT has cre­ated a wear­able sen­sor that can send SOS to vic­tim’s friends and fam­ily for help.

NTP should en­cour­age such in­no­va­tive ideas that can make a dif­fer­ence to our lives and with R&D ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place around them. There is an ur­gent need to speed up in­no­va­tions that can pre­vent life-threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to some as­ton­ish­ing fig­ures from the Na­tional Sex­ual Vi­o­lence Re­source Cen­ter, one in five women would be raped at some time in their lives that again pushes us to think that how we can get rid of this rape cul­ture.

Al­though a num­ber of ini­tia­tives are taken such as panic or SOS but­tons in mo­bile phones, but we have seen that how none of them are solv­ing the prob­lem. In such cir­cum­stances, it is im­por­tant that we think beyond and the govern­ment start en­cour­ag­ing cer­tain start-ups or en­trepreneurs who are work­ing hard to de­velop cre­ative prod­ucts and apps for women and kids’ safety.

On a per­sonal note, af­ter about five-year stint with Cy­ber­Me­dia, I am mov­ing out of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Heart­felt thanks to all for this ex­cit­ing and in­ter­est­ing jour­ney!

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