NILA Official Malayalam Software


NILA Official Malayalam Software
e-governance through Malayalam and
e-democracy in practice

The number of people who use IT in our state is higher than the number of people who know English


We are passing through a most critical but an optimistic chapter of history. Critical in the sense that, the function and the survival of government have been questioned by the emerging reality of liberalization, in which the emancipatory function of government is reducing from a provider to facilitator. In its positive sense, it is optimistic because of the extension of government to people and people to government by the emerging use of information technology in the different apparatus of government. In the case of Information Technology the language is a question and the absence of local language is a challenge. So when we spend more and more for technology in e-governance we are alienating more and more from what we have intended and what we have dreamed. It is high time and a better opportunity to transform all mode of communication technology into the language of our thoughts and the language of our dreams and the language of our pains, sorrows and everything. So let us prevent suicide again and let government survive for us.

In this context, NILA is a dream, a dream to realize a vision; to make it a mission to enable e-governance through Malayalam and socialize modernization of government programmes through Malayalam.
By the successful deployment of NILA in all our government and nongovernmental apparatus, even the last poor man of your state can keep in touch with any faculty of government to inform he\she is their in language of there self. At the same time any responsible representative of his\her in any sector of government can respond to him\her in the language of our state.

The NILA is neither a project nor a product but it is a mission and a vision to localize IT and socialize e-governance through Malayalam. And let us forget the inflation of jargons raining from the techno-economy of Information revolution, try to know what we need, and take a risk to get what we need. We want a revolution in localization; we need an effort to take our language in the emerging technology of extension and existence of democracy. In Hebermas’ sense “democracy is discursive in which every subject with the competence to speak and act is allowed to take part in a discourse, everyone is allowed to question any assertion whatever, everyone is allowed to introduce any assertion whatever into the discourse, everyone is allowed to express his attitudes, desires, and needs and no speaker may be prevented, by internal or external coercion, from exercising his rights as subject of our” state. Habermas' concept of the public sphere to understand the emancipatory potential of the Internet is a green signal.

The Internet provides opportunities for limited revitalization of the public sphere. These new opportunities are limited to privileged groups, but it is at least an increase in the activities of the public sphere, however modest. If Internet use expands into middle-income groups, lower-income groups and women, it may yet present a real opportunity for greater participation, democratic communication, and true revitalizations of the public sphere.

Poster: (1999) Essays on Cyber Democracy

Computational Linguistic team at C-DIT makes it sure that we can bridge not the digital divide but the digital divide resulted by the linguistic divide, by enabling Malayalam in all aspect of Information Technology, primarily in e-governance.

By the first of November 2004, we can deliver the first official Malayalam Language Software NILA, by the end of December we can deploy it all over Kerala, and by the third month of 2005 we can train our officials to use NILA to realize e-governance through Malayalam. NILA will localize e-governance and transform Malayalam as a democratic medium of governance. Above all NILA will animate the first wave of Malayalam Language Technology by its subsequent phases of KABANI, KAVERI, PAMPA, PERIYAR etc.


Designed & Maintained by: C-DIT, Thiruvananthapuram-27,