50 issues and four and a half years has been our journey so far and it could not have been possible without the love, encouragement, appreciation and support of our authors, readers, advertisers and supporters from all across the globe.
Going down the memory lane, when we thought of brining out an e-Government magazine in 2005 many people thought it's an idea well ahead of its time. But in the present scenario i.e 2009 people tell us that this is an idea whose time has come.
Although a lot has changed in the e-Governance scenario in the last five years one thing that has perhaps not changed is the value of knowledge sharing in e-Governance. It was a big issue in 2005, and is even bigger in 2009. In spite of the long journey we have had, our efforts are a drop in the ocean of lack of effective knowledge capturing, recording and dissemination mechanism for ICT implementation for the masses in the country.
In our journey of last 50 issues that had its share of happy and sad moments was a amazing learning experience for us! It is not easy for implementers of e-Governance projects to be easily convinced to document and share what they are doing. We had made it our mission to chase them and convince them to share their ideas with the larger community of readers, though we still have a long way to go! We commit herewith to strive harder to fulfill the expectations of our readers to give them updated information on the world of e-Governance, month after month, issue after issue!
In this issue, we have tried to encapsulate the journey of e-Governance in India by bringing to you the 'chosen five' in the categories of who's who, e-Governance policies, thought leaders who gave the critical impetus to the growth of e-Governance, state initiatives, policies in pipeline, and so on. But in doing so, it is not our wilful intention to leave out those hundreds and lakhs of Indians who may have contributed in some way or the other to the spirit and growth of e-Governance in our country.
We look forward to your support and blessings for the next 50 issues!