Net Neutrality is a Must for Indian Economy

With the time everything changes so is daily lives as well as the tools and methods of business. The invasion of technology in personal lives of people has not only changed the personal preferences of people but also the attitude of society and nations as well. World Wide Web and internet are two technological inventions that have revolutionized the whole world and its impact is never like before. The adaptability of internet into daily lives of people has made it an essential need. So the dynamics as well as the importance of internet has got new values and wings for the society and nations as whole. 
In the today’s world it is has become imperative for the nations to ensure accessibility of internet to all as there is hardly an arena of social and personal lives of people where internet has not become important. So today internet is not only about business but it has turned to be a basic need of people in this modern civilization and no civilization can afford to limit such a powerful tool in the hands of people by making it costly as it will deprive people of innumerable opportunities and tools that empowers them in such an unequal society particularly in India.
It is common for the private investors to put efforts to increase their profits through different strategies and tactics. Even if their strategies and tactics have long term negative social or business implications, they often fall for those as future is unpredictable. But in such a peculiar situation if private interests tend to do so, the government needs to step in to avoid such distractions. And if need be government must take tough decisions as for the government it is the social benefits that are of prime importance. It can easily ignore short term business problems over long term social problems.
The issue of net neutrality is a kind of distraction with which government needs to deal properly and take a tough decision in favor of net neutrality as it will strengthen the arms of people. It does not only make a social sense but also has a long term business sense as tomorrow's business environment is going to be completely dependent on services like internet and limiting it would have long term negative implications for businesses and economy as well.
In times of digital world if we look at the current situation of Indian economy, we find that India is lacking on infrastructural front as well as skills and it is not possible for the government to provide with enough infrastructure and skills support to her economy in short term to achieve medium to long term socioeconomic goals. So it needs to have an ad-hoc solution that can provide enough infrastructural support to the economy and that is possible only through sharing of resources, skills and infrastructure. Besides these, it is common fact that it is the learning capacity of a nation that actually helps to grow than only depending on tangible and intangible infrastructure. In such a peculiar situation which India is facing internet is a big relief.
India aspires to become the largest economy in the world in coming decades and for that government is continuously launching schemes after schemes such as Digital India, Start up India and Skill India etc. The success of these schemes is more dependent on the availability and affordability of internet for all than any other things or factors. The universal access and net neutrality has not only business meaning for the nation but also is tool in the hands of common man to cross hurdles and barriers.
In last few years India has witnessed a number of successful low cost e-commerce start-ups that have not only brought revolution in buying behavior of people across nooks and corners of the country but also have brought in huge confidence in young generations to think beyond government or normal corporate jobs. This change in the attitude of people is resulting in huge rise in innovative products and services for consumption and other social purposes. Also at the same time it is helping in bringing best technologies and skills to India. All these positive changes has been feasible only because of universal access of internet and net neutrality and at this stage of development growth where Indian economy needs peoples’ participation as entrepreneur to provide with jobs to all, any constraint in access of the same will kill millions of start-ups as those new firms would not be able afford the discrimination in the name of business. It is quite possible that the bottom lines of telecom operators may not look very attractive but will help to have an attractive, vibrant and futuristic economy.
In other words net neutrality is the demand and India cannot afford to go against net neutrality whatsoever reasons, rationales and claims may be made against it by telecom operator and other interest groups. 
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