Bengaluru: Technology is certainly a boon if used in a way so as to ameliorate the living conditions of the society and help the common man lead a better life. 

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a Rajya Sabha BJP MP has been helping the Indian government retool itself for the last five years. 

A billionaire, Rajeev understands the nitty-gritty of technology and how it can be used and is being used change life in India and the world. In a chat with Charlie Shrem on podcast Untold Stories, he talks about technology inter alia.  

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Rajeev Chandrasekhar on technology 

We have been a democracy for 75 years. It boggles the mind that even after so many years, 400 odd million families still lived in poverty. They were clearly outside the government system. It was because of conventional legacy. People sitting in office, far away from population centres used to take policy decisions which were unrelated to the problems people faced. PM Modi had said that a nation as big as India and as diverse as India can only address the issue of delivering promises using technology. It has taken governance to those people who have struggled to get it. The real freedom is beginning to get to the doorsteps of the common man with the help of technology.   

Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Crypto 

The real power of Internet took off in the early 2000s. When it comes to Crypto, I sense that, it’s been built with a utopian sense of creativity and innovation. The challenges and regulations are far more complex at this point in time as far as crypto is considered. In the public policy space, the “anti-innovators” are the government. The things that are happening on the internet are far more known to the people now compared to what it was in the early 90s. 

Rajeev Chandrasekhar on policy making by people 

It’s a vibrant democracy. I am engaged with all forms of people. Some want better roads, some others want better data protection. Social media has made it easier. I get hundreds of mails on an everyday basis. I meet people all the time. They are in touch with me all the time.