Book Review: Bridgital Nation

The Book ‘Bridgital Nation’ is written by N Chandra, the Chairperson of Tata Sons and Roopa Purushottham, the Chief Economist of the Tata Group.

One would think the Book is about Technology.

But the Book is actually about India and its colossal challenges in providing healthcare,education,jobs, credit, judicial access etc to its citizens.

The Book is divided into chapters related to healthcare, entrepreneurship etc

Each chapter has a real Indian explaining the challenges he/she faced which makes it very relatable.The authors then expand the anecdote to include global studies, statistics, analysis, tech solutions etc

Normally we would assume that technology (Robots, AI etc) would replace jobs. But this is a false choice usually put forth in advanced societies. In India, a Bridgital approach -a relationship between citizens/technology- can not only improve lives of its citizens but create millions of jobs.

The Book has case studies of AIIMS, Kolar hospitals but one such case could have been the Passport Seva Kendras. Not only thanks to technology has getting passport become easier, but it also has created thousands of jobs.

The Book is written in a lucid and digestible format…the authors seem to have gone out of their way to make it an easy read.

I would recommend this book to policy advocates and policy makers.

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