I doubt anyone has forgotten Mulayam Singh Yadav’s disdain for technology which was on ample display the last time Uttar Pradesh went to polls in 2009. He had termed the use of computers as being a cause of unemployment.
On computers, Mulayam said their use was leading to unemployment. He added that wherever work can be done by hand, computers would be abolished. As everything was done by hand until the advent of computers, the step, if taken to its logical conclusion, could lead to the scrapping of almost all computers.
Now, three years later, it seems the Samajwadi Party has come full circle and embraced technology with large amounts of enthusiasm. Mulayam’s son and the current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav is gifting free laptops to all — I repeat — all students who pass 12th standard exams. The laptops carry Samajwadi Party stickers and upon start-up, reveal a desktop background of Mulayam and Akhilesh with the text ‘poore hote waade’. NDTV carried a user review, written by Azhar Rizvi that can be read here:
Overall the experience was quite good. I am satisfied with the laptop and so far I haven’t faced any problems operating it. These laptops will be very useful to us. It will be a relief from the present book-based curriculum which is being followed because now we can search any videos or software on the internet related to the topics we study. This will make our course both interesting and easy to understand. Apart from that, the laptop will be of much entertainment value as well.
Ah good! The young man is happy. But perhaps he should get the whole business about computers causing unemployment out of the way. Why risk his future?
Truth be told, keeping promises is an admirable quality. But since SP makes a new promise each day of the week, it becomes understandably difficult to differentiate one intent from another.