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    Sajjan Jindal wants India Inc to unite in #BoycottingChina, Anil Agarwal & Paytm boss optimistic about country's digital transformation


    Biocon boss feels new innovation can revive tech jobs in a big way.

    (L-R) Sajjan Jindal, Anil Agarwal and Vijay Shekhar Sharma feel that the ban on 59 Chinese apps will be a great opportunity for India to grow digitally.
    NEW DELHI: The clash between Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley has left a bitter taste. After India lost 20 soldiers in the border stand-off, the government carried out a 'digital strike' on the neighbouring country by imposing a ban on 59 Chinese apps that include TikTok, UC Browser, SHAREit, WeChat, CamScanner and Mi Community, among others.

    Enough is enough, believes the India Inc bosses too. They are planning to show a united front in giving China a befitting reply.

    On Monday, $14-billion worth JSW Group owner Sajjan Jindal took to Twitter to urge industrialists to stop imports from the neighbouring country. He said that said business cannot go as usual while India soldiers get killed at the LAC by the Chinese.

    The industrialist further said that this is an opportunity for all to come together and push for a stronger Atma Nirbhar Bharat.

    The 60-year-old businessman pointed out that China became important for many businesses in India to maintain healthy margins. "This situation has come because of our complacency in blindly accepting cheaper imports from China rather than developing our own domestic vendors," he wrote.

    Last week, Parth Jindal, son of Sajjan Mittal and MD of JSW Cement, also expressed disappointment over China's action on Indian soil.

    Terming it a huge wake up call, he announced that the JSW Group, which has a net import of $400 mn from China annually, will bring it down to zero in the next 24 months.

    A company official had last week estimated that over 70-80 per cent of imports for the USD 14-billion JSW Group takes place for its steel and energy businesses which includes machinery and maintenance equipment.

    The Jindals are not alone. Right after the ban was announced last week, Corporate India said that this was a great opportunity for the country to 'Make in India'.

    Anil Agarwal, Executive Chairman of Vedanta Resources Limited, said this is a great opportunity for India to leapfrog its digital infrastructure.

    He also tweeted that the apps ban will encourage Indian entrepreneurs to develop new ones.

    "Globally, Indian minds have lead advancements in IT and digital properties. Start-ups should be permitted differential voting rights. Then, they can grow to become global companies with founders still in control," he wrote.

    The 66-year-old businessman feels India has the technology, value addition and capability to be the world’s optical fibre capital. It is time to make this shift toward investments in digital infrastructure.

    "A single tender of China Mobile is for almost 120 million km to be deployed this year – this is almost equal to the total amount of fibre deployed till date in India for the last 20 years," his post read.

    Biocon Executive Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shaw believes that techies and start-ups can take advantage of the app ban, and can innovate new and better versions.

    He stressed that this ban will force the Indians to develop new apps which can revive tech jobs in a big way. "If they (tech start-ups/techies) miss this opportunity (to leverage the app ban), then they have themselves to blame," she wrote.

    Calling it a step towards Atmanirbhar App ecosystem, Paytm Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma also lauded the government's 'bold step' taken in the national interest. "Time for the best Indian entrepreneurs to come forward and build the best by Indians, for Indians," he posted on the micro-blogging site.

    Last week, Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra engaged in a war of words with the Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese state-run media, Global Times, Hu Xijin.

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    Ma’s The Word

    Chinese billionaire Jack Ma (C) showed his benevolent side as he pitched in to help the world fight the novel coronavirus. The founder of e-commerce major, Alibaba, Ma became the most talked about business figure after he said that he would marshall all available resources at his disposal to take on Covid-19. From donating emergency supplies (1.8M masks, 210K test kits, 36K protective suits, plus ventilators & thermometers) to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka in Asia to donating 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 medical use protective suits in each of the 54 African countries, the 55-year-old proved that he was a good Samaritan whose charity was not mapped by geographical boundaries.

    And even as the business magnate didn’t have India in his list of beneficiaries, there was much talk in the country about his act of generosity. And what followed were natural questions: who among India’s rich was doing a Jack Ma?

    And it’s not just one individual, but a bunch of lion-hearted boardroom tycoons who have taken the pledge to help fight the virus that has thrown life off-track, in India and across the world.

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    8 Comments on this Story

    Mohini Madhukar37 days ago
    Only Bajaj Auto wants to make money by cheap imports from china . Time indians boycott Bajaj two wheelers. that would be same as boycotting Chinese products. We all along thought Rahul baajaj is a patriot
    raaj till37 days ago
    if it was so hunky dory then why many house are accused of money diversion and face ire of ED , IT bags talk with forked tongues.. how much these johnnies are willing to spend on in house R & D and innovations .. let them spend at least 2/3 %
    m patel37 days ago
    What a load of rubbish....
    The reality is far far worse...
    I use GTPL for my work from home internet access. They have outtages on a daily basis and I have to call them up to let them know about this, when there are tools available today that will let one know if outtages in real-time mode.
    Like a lot of Indian Corporations, they don't care about service and as a result, India will not make any advancements, or come close to China (forget surpass).
    Maybe Indian Corporations should hire the US bound H1B dreamers (now that they are not going any where) and replace the aging, non-technical Indian workforce with these buggars.
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