Say no to Google, Facebook as India have homegrown apps: Airtel chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal

Shubhang Chauhan
In regards to the homegrown apps, the Airtel Chairman said," There can't be a situation that on one hand there are 200 million customers on Facebook, 150 million on WhatsApp, 100 million on Google. Would we say we don't want FaceBook (and) Google to operate in India, we have homegrown apps."

New Delhi, April 30: Telecom czar Sunil Bharti Mittal on Saturday said that India should consider saying no to Google or Facebook as it has its own homegrown apps. On US President Donald Trump becoming strict in the H-1 B visa rules, Mittal highlighted the fact that it is unfair that movement of Indian workers gets restricted, while foreign firms make huge profits in India.

In regards to the homegrown apps, the Airtel Chairman said,” There can’t be a situation that on one hand there are 200 million customers on Facebook, 150 million on WhatsApp, 100 million on Google. Would we say we don’t want FaceBook (and) Google to operate in India, we have homegrown apps.”

Mittal on the stricter employment laws in the US and other countries, stated,” If a situation arises where skilled workers who drive your economy will not be given an entry or if Indian firms are forced to pay a particular wage to become uncompetitive in those countries denying entry, I think that becomes an affirmative action against the companies that want to do trade there. Mittal’s views came out after he was asked he would he react on being allowed to operate within certain boundaries.

Mittal asserted that India is a big market for technology companies given the huge consumer base.

Over the past few weeks, countries like the US, Singapore, and Australia have taken steps to tighten their work visa norms following footsteps of US President Donald Trump. This could potentially impact the operating costs for Indian IT companies that send employees to work on client sites using visas.