One girl hired a cab, and the cabbie (a habitual rapist with 7 women complaining against him in the past) rapes her. This is at worst a law and order problem or correctly a social problem. Yes, it should not have happened. Could an app sitting in your phone be blamed for it?
My answer is no. Whoever caused it, it was not Uber. Not Ola.
Technology has helped us in many ways – one of the best helps has been to cut the number of channels.
A taxi has to be painted black and yellow, take a state government license (Rs. 1.5Lakhs), has to fix a meter, driver has to have a proper license….etc.
In comes an app which says ‘If you can transfer a person, for a fee, please register with us’ – i see no reason why a private car cannot do that. I am sure some private car could also be doing this.
What the whole thing does is it dramatically reduces costs.
Cut to another scenario.
You have equity shares which you can buy / sell at the stock exchange.
Suppose I create an app where people can come and buy / sell shares. One person wants to buy Asian Paints and you want to sell the same. So you take money from that person and give him off market delivery.
No broker. No stock exchange. No adviser. Things go on fine.
You think it can go on forever? no.
The first enemy will be the broker community. Then the stock exchanges. Then the Regulator (the 3 feed off each other).
Similarly if I can create a Vegetable app…and get vendors to quote prices and clients to buy..and we deliver through a courier on a Pay on Delivery basis. Will it work? Hmmm…the persons objecting will be?
People with shops, APMC, government,…..etc.
Let us say you generate power using solar equipment in your house. You have some surplus…you think you can cut out the electricity company? NO.
Do you think a hospital / geriatric care center can take deposits from its inmates> God you must be jokin!! So the senior citizen keeps a deposit in Axis bank at 8% p.a. and the BANK lends to the institution at 15%. Very fair, I guess – for Axis bank.
Whenever anybody comes out with a product that is here to empower you, rest assured that the vested interest, the governing bodies, the trade associations, and the State will OBJECT. Tooth and nail.
Just grin and bear it. You have no choice, or do you?
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