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Window Seat: Digital Disruption and Innovation

28/03/2021 at 7:07 AM

Disruption means a break or interruption in the normal course or continuation of some activity, process, etc. Digital disruption is a transformation that is caused by emerging digital technologies and business models. The key factor that defines digital disruption is change. It’s all about redefining and changing things so the status quo is dislodged. Digital disruption may bring about woes or may pave the way for evolution and growths, depending on how ready are we accept it- physically and mentally. 

Covid-19 pandemic has brought about disruption in an unprecedented scale. It also has provided an opportunity to adopt and adapt to the digital ecosphere.

New technologies have had profound impact on our lives from the time homo-sapiens learnt to use weapons and ignite and use fire. However, the exponential ramp-up of available technologies we are experiencing today is not something the world has seen before.

In addition, the speed of transformation is astonishingly fast. In the past, change would take place over years, even decades. Consider electricity. Benjamin Franklin discovered its use in 1752. It took more than 100 years to reach India. The first demonstration of electric light in India was conducted in Kolkata (then Calcutta) mid-1879 during British colonization of the sub-continent. A few decades later, the success of the demo was extended to Mumbai (then Bombay) to set up a generating station to power a tramway in 1905.

Digital disruption is inevitable. It is up to us whether we willingly accept and adapt to it and gain, or otherwise.

Bangladesh@50

The Republic of Bangladesh is celebrating Golden Jubilee of its independence even as the centenary celebration of its founding father Seikh Mujibur Rahman (17 March 1920-15 August 1975) comes to a close.

For centuries, the area that is now Bangladesh was part of the Bengal region of India. It was ruled by the same empires that ruled central India, from the Maurya (321–184 BCE) to the Mughal (1526–1858 CE). When the British took control of the region and created their Raj in India (1858–1947), it was included. It was only when India got its independence that it was separated and became East Pakistan.

East Pakistan was in an odd position, separated from West Pakistan by a 1,000-mile stretch of India. It was also divided by ethnicity and language. West Pakistanis were primarily Punjabi and Pashtun, as opposed to the Bengali East Pakistanis. Conflict between them erupted soon over the issue of official language. 

For 24 years, East Pakistan struggled under financial and political neglect from West Pakistan. Political unrest was endemic in the region, as military regimes repeatedly overthrew democratically elected governments. In the parliamentary elections of 1970–71, East Pakistan’s Awami League led by Sheikh Mujibar Rahman won every single seat allocated to the East. Talks between the two Pakistans failed, and on March 26, 1971, Mujibar Rahman declared independence from Pakistan. The Pakistani Army fought to stop the secession. India played an important role to secure its independence.

In the last half a century Bangladesh has seen violent political turmoil, assassination of its founder and many of his family members, rise of fundamentalism and then gradual shift towards stability, peace and prosperity.

India has been a close friend of Bangladesh, despite some – politically motivated hiccups. It augurs well for both the countries to remain friends, as it would benefit both.

Community level vote bank politics

Every political party tries to woo the voters through various poll promises and sops. With time and increase in stake in winning – it is moving to a level that might negatively impact the economy of the respective state and the social fabric of the country.

Consider the fiscal concessions promised to certain communities- to cater to the group identity- like say for example community specific development boards in some states. Community level vote bank politics may lead to the balkanisation of the society as the message sent is that hardening of narrow group identity can translate into economic and other benefits.

It will create social tension and conflict at an unprecedented scale.

March ending special

One fellow jumped the traffic signal.

Behind him five more followed the signal jump

Police left the first but caught and issued challans to the other five

All the 5 questioned the police – how you left the first one ?

Inspector said He is our marketing staff.

He will come back and jump the signal again and another 4 or 5 like you will be caught.

We have to achieve our 2020-21 target

Courtesy: Social Media

Tailpiece: Mosquito

A young mosquito returned to its mother.

“How was your flight, darling?” asked the mother.

“It was great mom! Everyone clapped for me.”

About the Author:

Journalist turned media academician Mrinal Chatterjee lives in Dhenkanal, Odisha. Odia translation of an anthology of essays titled Mahatma Gandhi: Journalist and Editor.
mrinalchatterjeeiimc@gmail.com

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