Generally I don’t pay much attention to NASSCOM as they champion the big league and cater to different segment of Indian IT. Yesterday, I was led to the NASCOMM Leadership Forum’s blog via Kiruba’s twitter stream. I found the blogpost on “NASSCOM Chairman’s Wishlist for the IT Ministry” and spontaneously left the following comment on it:
All this while, when the grass is( was?) green on the other side(US and developed markets), what was the celebrated NASSCOM doing? Busy pitching for easier visa regimes? And looking down upon domestic market. Why this sudden love for e-governance now?
Somehow the intent is not very convincing.
Today when I casually checked up the blog for updates, I was surprised and amused to find the comment was ‘Moderated’ – read no where to be seen in the blog.
I might be totally wrong in my opinion, but how will I ever get a chance to update my opinion if discussion on it is curtailed before it got started? NASSCOM is respected to be the trend setter on IT matters that affect the IT industry and IT in India at large. If this is how NASCOM encourages participation, I have doubts about their Leadership on IT matters. Very ironic, the conference is titled India Leadership Forum. Here is the #1 objective of NASCOM listed under Objective( NASSCOM web site):
Maintaining close interaction with the Government of India in formulating National IT policies with specific focus on IT software and services
Purpose of e-governance as I understand it is to make wider participation accessible to larger set of people, and also encourage/include contra views in the governance process.
I’m hoping that the ‘Moderation’ was a oversight, otherwise I really really fear e-governance entrusted under NASSCOM leadership.