A five pillar structure is stronger than a four pillar structure. Addition of fifth pillar to a four pillar structure reduces average load of each pillar. Similar is the case with Internet which is the fifth pillar of democracy. If media is fourth pillar after Executive, Legislative and Judiciary then Internet is the fifth one. It is the most powerful one. It has no boundary. The structure of democracy seems to be a pentagon now.

Pillars of Democracy

Pillars of Democracy

In this pentagon the fifth pillar looks weaker. All our projects are associated with Internet. We are going to be Internet dependent society. We endorse net neutrality. But we have low bandwidth of Internet in India compare to other countries of the world. Recently Akamai Technologies Inc, a global leader in content delivery network services reported that India had the lowest at 2.8 Mbps in Asia-Pacific region. Internet speed is being manipulated because of policy loopholes. Because of that data tariffs are high and quality of bandwidth is bad. This is a situation when our internet user base is going to be 460 million, about to surpass USA, according to Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB.

Recently our PM Shri Narendra Modi has launched e-mandi portal on April 14, 2016. The idea is to help farmers to directly sell through internet. Internet is required to take more such projects to rural India. Here also speed of internet is important. Speed saves time on internet. Higher speed of internet can increase growth rate.

This fifth pillar of democracy is newly built. It is very essential and needs strengthening. Just like media, Internet in India should not be stopped. We need Internet speed equality.A digital India is possible with Internet as fundamental right. Right to Internet.