In December 2015 as one of his concerted pushes for Digital India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met none less than the CEO of Google Inc.,Sundar Pichai, promising to open up India as a digital soft power.
6 months later, the digital dream seems to have come crumbling after India has shut the doors on one of digital cartography’s most popular inventions — the Google Street View.
In a radical move, that has been questioned by several domestic cyber experts, the home ministry has called it a possible security threat, citing how David Headley laid the ground for 26/11 by digitally reconning targets in Mumbai.
But by shutting out one of 21’st century’s most popular digital breakthroughs, is India unwittingly joining an unpopular group of net nanny nations?