The current Indian government, which is left leaning, wants to narrow the gap between the poor and the rich in their country. One way is through technology. The Hand Phone technology has allowed for numerous homes to get connected. Before that it took years for a family to get a land line under the Byzantine bureaucracy of the Indians.
Now the aim of this inexpensive tablet is to bring internet and computer access to millions of poor Indians, who can not afford laptops and desktops.