Re: Are these apples or oranges?
It's not about sustaining life in India, I get the impression that they largely have that covered. The point of giving access to information is to give people a chance to move out of poverty. Knowledge is power therefore giving people access to knowledge is empowering. Worstall made this point hereabouts on more than one occasion.
Personally I'm fairly ambivalent about it: the anarchist in me says 'yay, fuck the zuck!' but the pragmatist says 'perhaps it'll help until there is decent competition'. Besides, when we all end up living in the walled gardens of Facebook we'll all be on free basics (only we'll be paying for it).