‘We should design websites like this in India’: Lawyer

Anurag Gopnik, the founder of the popular blog Legal Insurrection, has called for design for websites designed for the Indian market to be “more modern” and less “bureaucratic” to attract users.

In an article titled ‘Why should we design websites in India?’, he said, “It is obvious that the country is going through a massive transformation and, for the past few decades, a number of social media platforms have become indispensable.

We should design our websites like a new country, one that is not dominated by bureaucracy.

We need to give our customers the option to create a website that looks new and fresh.”

Gopnik said that the idea behind the ‘Modern India’ movement is to encourage designers and developers to focus on the idea of “new India”, while respecting the legacy of the country and its culture.

The first major overhaul of the Indian government website was initiated in May 2018, with a move to modernise the country’s official website in the wake of a cyber attack.

The website, which is still a “platform for social interaction and commerce”, has since been updated with many new features, including a timeline, which provides information on key dates of the government’s financial transactions.

Gopniks blog also argues that the government should “focus more on social engagement”.

“There are so many more people in the country that the Indian economy is already being run by people with limited means.

The Indian government has a responsibility to make the website more engaging for the users,” he wrote.

According to a survey conducted by research firm Mint, 80 per cent of respondents had a positive opinion of the websites, while only 13 per cent felt that the websites should be more “bundled” in India.

“If we were to design websites that are easy to navigate, accessible, and user-friendly, then we would attract a lot of users,” Gopniak said.

“But we should design the websites like India is, with all the new things and new technology that has emerged in recent years.”