eIndia 2011 - Inaugural Session - Ravi S Saxena
Ravi S Saxena, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat
Speaker at: eINDIA 2011
Date: 14-16 December 2011
Venue: Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Brief: Winston Churchill has famously said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”. The Gujarati attitude of seeing possibilities where others might see difficulties is best exemplified by two of the greatest sons of India – the first son played a leading role in galvanising the nation against foreign rule and the other helped transform our centuries-old culturally united social structure into a vibrant and modern nation-state. The Gujarati trait of always being willing to turn a challenge into an opportunity has thrown up entrepreneurs par excellence, and the Gujarati entrepreneur has been a true standard bearer of the message of vasudhaiva kutumbakam espoused in the Hitopadesha. To the Gujarati, the whole world is the karmabhoomi, and hardly any outpost of the world has remained untouched by the spirit of Gujarat.
Gujarat has shown that the power of technology can be harnessed to act as a force multiplier and help the state in surmounting limitations of resources, infrastructure and manpower. Imbued with the same can-do spirit, as any average citizen of this extraordinary state, the Government of Gujarat has emerged as one of world’s leading practitioners of e-governance. The state has shown how modern tools of information andcommunication technology can help bridge many of the divides that plague Indian society. ICT can provide governance that is citizen-oriented, responsive and full of empathy.