1. Sam Pitroda says not Narendra Modi but Rajiv Gandhi started digital India

Sam Pitroda says not Narendra Modi but Rajiv Gandhi started digital India

Noted technocrat Sam Pitroda, who is credited as the father of the nation's telecom revolution, today flayed Narendra Modi government for snatching away all the credit for the digital revolution started by Rajiv Gandhi, saying Modi "did not" initiate the digital India drive.

By: | Published: October 21, 2015 8:33 AM

Noted technocrat Sam Pitroda, who is credited as the father of the nation’s telecom revolution, today flayed the Narendra Modi government for snatching away all the credit for the digital revolution started by Rajiv Gandhi, saying Modi “did not” initiate the digital India drive.

“Modi didn’t start digital India…It’s a journey which started 25 years ago and it will take 20 more years,” Pitroda, who was roped in by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1984 as head of the Telecom Commission, said while launching his autobiography ‘Dreaming Big: My Journey to Connect India’, here this evening.

The book was launched by Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, who showered praise on Pitroda crediting his “friend, philosopher and guide” and “daring dreamer” to be a “pioneer” of telecom revolution. “Pitorda saw the future and had a hand in creating it,” he said.

An aggrieved Pitroda said, “Digital India was started in Rajiv Gandhi’s time with the launch of the National Informatics Centre.”

Launched in July 2015, the Digital India initiative is an attempt by the Modi government to ensure that public services are made available to all electronically by improving online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity.

Warning the present generation from getting carried away with the ongoing high decibel campaign by the current administration, Pitroda said, “Digital India is not a novel concept, let’s not get carried away. It takes decades of work to create a digital India, and doesn’t happen overnight”.

However, the technocrat said he was glad that the Modi administration is pushing for digital India with vigour.

At the launch of the book in the Capital yesterday (by ex-prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi) Pitroda said to ensure the success of the ‘Make in India’ the government has to build infrastructure like good roads, power and have skilled labour.

Satyanarayan Gangaram Pitroda, popularly known as Sam Pitroda, was born in a remote Orissa village called Titilagarh in May 1942 and is a telecom engineer, inventor, entrepreneur and policymaker.

Pitroda led the telecom revolution under Rajiv Gandhi when he set up the NCI and worked on the Knowledge Commission and also founded C-DOT. Gandhi roped him to these roles when he was working in the US’s tech industry.

A key policy maker when it came to technology during Gandhi’s tenure, Pitroda played a key role in the telecom revolution. He also headed the Knowledge Commission during the tenure of Manmohan Singh.

His other books include ‘The March of Mobile Money: The Future of Lifestyle Management, ‘Exploding Freedom: Roots in Technology Education’.

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    Name
    Oct 21, 2015 at 12:23 pm
    Dear Sam, you should have behaved apolitically, lest your position should be down and drowned. Be sportive in appreciating real work irrespective of work taken up.
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      m
      Oct 21, 2015 at 4:50 pm
      1984 - 2015 in 30 years no toilet, no power, no road, no broadband speed, no digital conference, no bank account linked payment,no online application only slogans is why India elected NaMO - as people cannot wait for another 30 years
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        Sudarshan
        Oct 22, 2015 at 9:01 am
        No it was not Rajiv, it was Nehru who made digital India and later it was promoted by it's ally Left front who invented computer in India.
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        1. Rajnesh Sharma
          Oct 21, 2015 at 10:13 am
          Congis makes plans to implement they need 100 years
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            Ajay
            Oct 21, 2015 at 5:31 pm
            When Rajiv exhausted every penny in the govt account by loot and distributing freely he begged this so called scientist to introduce the telephone technology being used abroad. The plan was to make some money so that he can run govt and make money in the process. Introducing something new itself is not the achievement, Modi is no where saying he the inventor/introducer of the Digital India concept, he is using the available tech to bring about change of transparency, speed and accountability. You ruled for 6o years ,nothing significant has been done till now, when somebody relentlessly trying for betterment of the India don't play you dirty politics if your are a true Indian. People are smart now, they simply wont believe everything, they verify/analyze the facts.
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              vk
              Oct 21, 2015 at 1:57 pm
              Don't miscalculate the righteous conduct of some whether you like or not, truth does not care of anyone's test. So first give up your bias for and against any one than you would be able to understand the things in to their right perspective. Ponder over it.
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                vk
                Oct 21, 2015 at 1:52 pm
                It is a slap on those who has been propagating falsehood that MODIJI introduced digital India campaign. Country must know the truth that who brought this revolution in this country. BJP may try in hardest manner but it can not keep the truth hiding behind the myth as sun can not be kept behind clouds forever.
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                  vk
                  Oct 21, 2015 at 1:48 pm
                  Your foolish hate for congress will lead you to so do something positive if you want to avoid the .
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