While India has a large, educated middle class, it has a much larger number of poor, and many still live in rural communities. The 21st century has yet to reach these communities, and the BJP claims that by saving money through open source it can bridge the gap.
The plan is to create 12 million jobs by giving away mobile handsets, subsidizing 2 Mbps broadband to remote villages, and encouraging use of Voice Over IP. Also in the document is a call for high-tech identity cards, with a uniform Citizen Identification Number, within three years.
The party also favors cheap laptops, and will require they be manufactured in India down to the chip level. Open source is expected to make all this affordable.