Flipkart and Snapdeal: It’s Sachin Bansal versus Rohit Bansal this time round

By: | Updated: May 30, 2015 11:10 AM

Flipkart CEO Sachin Bansal reacts to Snapdeal co-founder Rohit Bansal's comment that there were not many “quality” engineers in India.

flipkart snapdeal offerFlipkart and Snapdeal: The Indian e-trade segment is no stranger to spats and put-downs on social media, like the one between Sachin Bansal and Rohit Bansal. (Reuters)

The battle between e-commerce majors Flipkart and Snapdeal is not just in the online market place. On Friday, a ‘debate’ between the firms’ heads erupted on Twitter. Reacting to Snapdeal co-founder Rohit Bansal’s comment that there were not many “quality” engineers in India, Flipkart CEO Sachin Bansal took a dig at him on the micro-blogging site, suggesting the fault lay in Snapdeal and not the country.

“Don’t blame India for your failure to hire great engineers. They join for culture and challenge,” Sachin Bansal tweeted. He added that he was just stating the facts and that it has become fashionable to say everything is bad in India.

Check out Sachin Bansal’s tweet:

  On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal had quoted Snapdeal’s Bansal as saying, “If you think about the landscape in India, not too many product companies got built here.” Hours later, Snapdeal’s Bansal tweeted, “Talking abt culture, @snapdeal happened to be rated top 10 places to work in India, in case headline hunters missed…” Check out the tweet by Snapdeal’s Rohit Bansal:

Flipkart and snapdeal, sachin bansal and rohit bansalSnapdeal and Flipkart: It’s Rohit Bansal vs Sachin Bansal this time round.

Later, backing Sachin Bansal’s views, founder & CEO of mobile wallet player Paytm Vijay Shekhar Sharma tweeted saying, “India has engineers, architects and all you need. People seek purpose and mission to give their life to.”

The Indian e-trade segment is no stranger to spats and put-downs on social media. Earlier this month, in a Facebook post, Housing.com CEO Rahul Yadav had challenged Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal and Ola CEO Bhavish Agarwal to give away their stake to employees, like he had just done. In response, Goyal had said, “Awww. So cute.”

Check out Vijay Shekhar’s tweet:

The fiercely-fought Indian e-commerce space is expected to be worth $16 billion by this year end.

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