1. Why didn’t a Google happen out of India, asks PM Narendra Modi

Why didn’t a Google happen out of India, asks PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed IT industry leaders at a Nasscom gathering on the challenges the country faced, and asked...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 12, 2015 5:34 PM
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‘Innovations should happen in this country and the government will adopt those innovations… Perhaps the biggest challenge is to innovate… Why didn’t a Google happen out of India? said PM Narendra Modi. (Express Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed IT industry leaders at a Nasscom gathering on the challenges the country faced, and asked the industry to contribute towards the “Digital India” campaign, which he launched last year. He highlighted a bunch of areas where intervention for technology companies is needed — like in the space of cyber security, building innovation, connecting the nation, better use of social media, and in areas that would bring down the digital divide.

“Innovations should happen in this country and the government will adopt those innovations,” said Modi. “Perhaps the biggest challenge is to innovate… Why didn’t a Google happen out of India?”

The PM said the Indian IT sector, which has touched $146 billion in the past two-and-a-half decade, took India on the global business map.

He also said it is as important to make i-ways or digital highways, as it is to make roads. He emphasised that more digital connectivity will change the nation and bring in more transparency. “Rich and poor will be differentiated by the digital divide. We have to see that doesn’t happen,” he said.

Narendra Modi, India Investors, economic reforms The PM said the Indian IT sector, which has touched $146 billion in the past two-and-a-half decade, took India on the global business map. (PTI)

Modi talked about creating cloud godowns which will safely store enormous amounts of digital data. “The way the digital database is growing, you will have to build a cloud godown,” he said. He urged the industry to make this happen, as it is a big business opportunity. “Cloud locker is a huge opportunity,” he added, where common people will log-in and store information digitally and safely, somewhat like a bank.

And to manage these huge amounts of data, it is important to introduce cyber safety. “If we don’t take cyber security seriously, a lot of people won’t even touch mobile phones,” the PM pointed out.

By the end of his speech, he talked about how people in rural India, especially women, have started using mobiles to take pictures, and that he said is the biggest change. “It’s just not enough to be customers of innovation happening globally, it’s important to develop it as well,” he said.

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    deshmahan
    Mar 2, 2015 at 8:08 am
    because the indian IT engineer when he wakes up in the morning has to find out if he will receive clean water to have bath and brush and make tea after that he has to design an algorithm to find the shortest route to and from office which othewise will take less than 2 hours one way , the IT engineer has to think of ideas and algorithms on how he will switch company to get a higher payscale to meet his childs high education cost put up by private schools, the IT engineer than has to think of an algorithm which park is safe to take his family for an evening walk where he/she can unwind his brain with some pure fresh air and a park with no corroded swings .. and finally once he is back home the IT engineer has to think of the best Inverter to ensure he has electricity to continue working from home if required. with all this tensions how will an IT engineer devise a google like search algorithm. govts have pity on the citizens please improve the basic quality of life and rest all innovations will flow.
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      Al
      Mar 4, 2015 at 4:11 am
      Seriously...Everyone knows Innovation comes from compeion and not from RESERVATION.
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      1. aneesha rao
        Mar 2, 2015 at 2:49 pm
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          augustus
          Mar 2, 2015 at 1:57 pm
          Honourable Prime Minister, The answer is simple - the Indian education system and culture does not allow creative thinking, and definitely kills any thinking that calls for disruption of the existing system. So how can Google or any other technology be born in India when it is not allowed? That is why the sweat shops called IT services companies thrive here!!
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            ck rao
            Mar 3, 2015 at 7:08 am
            please see that comments of pm which is mentioned below the picture doesnt get trimmed. It is important that total lines ought to be displa.
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              GRKRAJ
              Mar 2, 2015 at 7:29 pm
              Innovation In India, ask IISc scholars who ask for Rs 2000 to 25,000 scholarships for what Rs 10,000 is more than enough. When you give such amount of money, sorry they go out and forget research. So far no great innovations have been done by these fellows for a century.
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                Mangoman
                Mar 2, 2015 at 12:37 pm
                Sirji, Google is not a "company" in the traditional-sense of the word, it's a covert-arm of US govt., the NSA and the CIA. Since internet was invented in America by DARPA (US military), they took control of worldwide-web with the single intention of stealing global data! To hoodwink people, they created s-companies like Google, Facebook, Linked-in, Twitter etc. If you look at these companies, the one common-thread that binds them all is that they all collect your personal data!! While FB shows (and stores them in US servers) every personal-detail of yours, Linked-in collects every detail of your professional background! The w-process is then completed by frivolous sites like Google Hangout, not to mention checking your Gmail contents without your knowledge or consent! Why do you think Android OS is "free" when Microsoft made billions by selling Windows OS??? And the answer is chilling....your Android smart-phone is an electronic-surveillance system that sends out every piece of your personal data to NSA database in US!! Check in "app" in Android, and you'll see these disclaimers: "This app can access the following on your phone..your personal info...services that cost you money..your location...blah blah!
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                  HITESH
                  Mar 3, 2015 at 4:36 pm
                  HI, I HAVE COME UP WITH SOME SERIOUS INNOVATIONS,WHICH I BELIEVE CAN DELIVER AND CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY, I HAVE TRIED APPROACHING NCOM AS WELL BUT SOME-HOW THEY ARE NOT AGREEABLE TOWARDS THE PROTECTION OF MY IP RIGHTS, MY IDEAS BEING MY BIGGEST ET, CAN ANYBODY SUGGEST SOME APPROACH STRATEGY OVER THE SUBJECT,AS AN ENTREPRENEUR MY CONCERN IS THAT,HOW CAN ONE PARTNER UP WITH GOVERNMENT OVER SUCH VENTURES WILL THEY BE EVALUATED TO ITS TRUE POTENTIAL AND CAPABILITIES AND WOULD THERE BE A CONSIDERATION OVER MY INTELLECTUAL RIGHTS,CAN I CONVEY SOMETHING REALLY CRUCIAL,AND IMPORTANT AS THIS TO THE PMs OFFICE ETC
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                    Raju
                    Mar 2, 2015 at 7:20 am
                    Because PM in those countries did not impose ministers like Irani, Nihal Chand, Nadda, ...
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                      Saji
                      Mar 3, 2015 at 12:11 am
                      I guess, first we should know to Make for India (Rajan's idea), instead of Make for Others. When we build for us with a global view, we will innovate. But if take China's path, then I don't expect much innovation originating in India. 2nd is we have an unfornate unwarranted focus on defense products instead of higher GDP allocations for modern schools and colleges in every nook and corner of India.
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                        kishaloy Bhattacharjee
                        Mar 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm
                        With a steady flight of talent & brains happening from India, the country is left rattled with rank mediocrity personified by the likes of Shahrukhs, Salmans, Aamirs, Akshays & the vacuous filmy filth; Arnabs, Shobha Des, Suhails & the TRP guzzling media muck; Yadavs, Kripashankars, Sonias, Priyankas, Rahuls, Mamtas, Jayas, Behnjis & the putrid politicos; erogenous environmentalists; armchair economists; inventively corrupt bureacrats and the money gobbling traders, businessmen & middlemen. With such CR presiding over the thoughts & destiny of a billion strong nation, its no brainteaser to figure out why Google didn't happen from India.
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                          Muthukumaran V
                          Mar 2, 2015 at 8:22 pm
                          Well asked question; the brain drain has been a chronic sickness of this country & happy that at least now a Prime Minister makes a statement about it. We had been insensibly giving away our countries top brains to western countries for the last 60 years. It is a coin of two sides; the government did not care for the super brains; more busy on fighting for their chairs and the top brains did not value the underlying contribution by each and every Indian for them to enjoy the world cl research facility in IITs. So, what is the plan from Mr. Prime Minister and Do all top brains realize that they belong to this large family of India; or would they continue to adopt a new country as their motherhood wherever they are pampered by.?
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                            Naressh
                            Mar 2, 2015 at 9:16 pm
                            We should have our own network. Instead of having services of VISA and MasterCard. Lot of money will stay within india if we create our own network.
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                              Nathan
                              Mar 18, 2015 at 4:19 pm
                              One needs to be of a particular race whose control over the banks and the world's banking system decides success. And there are no such people in India, Mr Modi.
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                                mk
                                Mar 3, 2015 at 4:50 am
                                ok.. go ahead and start a service of your own
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                                  Nitin Nimkar
                                  Mar 2, 2015 at 4:59 am
                                  Dear PM this can not happen in India because of our educational culture. We are rote learners even in IITs and IIMs. We do not learn in our Mother tounge. Our energy is wasted on remembering rather than learning in English.
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                                    Avinash
                                    Mar 2, 2015 at 10:41 am
                                    Remember Hyder Ali(Mysore Empire), he too is uneducated but he ran one of the most powerful empires iwhich could pose a threat to British India. It is better to have an uneducated who knows the value of Education and science than an Educated who doesn't care.
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                                    1. Pratik Sharma
                                      Mar 2, 2015 at 3:51 pm
                                      I just heard about an Indian app which claims to go beyond search ! The app is called The Light App here is the fb page heLightApp if anyone wants to take a look at it. I feel india has potential only needs to the boast to showcase our talent infront of the world . Now for example this app its one of its kind app as its the world first answering engine which gives exact answers to ur questions unlike google gives links thats the difference. I think India is filled with talent and innovation only the much needed push misses in our case.
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                                      1. raj vijay
                                        Mar 2, 2015 at 5:11 pm
                                        very simple the best inventor in IT will become an Accountant and End up studying the Tax and Other Laws. then by the time he goes on making all the formalities he becomes Tired of his invention that he just has to DUMP it.
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                                          raj
                                          Mar 2, 2015 at 7:57 am
                                          Because in the country where Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc. happend, there were no obstacles to setting up and operating a limited liability companies. Even today, despite BJP being in power, setting up a limited liability company and operating it without local, state and central government interference is next to impossible. Get government out of the way. And a thousand Googles will happen in India.
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                                            RAMESH G
                                            Mar 3, 2015 at 12:24 am
                                            its great idea we appreciate it. I would like to add one more point i.e. Why don't we Indians have separate/free/own windows operating system?
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