17.9 C
New Delhi
Monday, November 23, 2020

Devang Mehta, and not Rajiv Gandhi is the real father of Indian IT Outsourcing Industry

Must read

हस्तिनापुरात् उत्तर प्रदेश प्राप्तम् जनानां भविष्यति कोरोना इति अन्वेषणम् ! दिल्ली से UP आने वाले लोगों का होगा कोरोना टेस्ट !

फोटो साभार ANI राष्ट्रीय राजधानीयाम् कोरोना विषाणु इत्यस्य बर्धयेत् प्रकरणानां दृष्टया उत्तर प्रदेश सर्कारम् रविवासरम् अकथयत् तत हस्तिनापुरात् उत्तर...

A Universal Individual

The world needs individuals who think globally to protect the interests of the whole world family

Is the rise of AIMIM led by Owaisi, going on the same path of Muslim League led by Jinnah during pre partition? Part II

Razakars—who had committed Hindu genocide, wiped villages after villages to establish Islamic State in Hyderabad during 1940s—spread their wings in ‘Bihar Assembly...

Saying Yes to Life

Years ago, while on a walk in New York city with an actor friend of mine, he turned to me and asked,...

Dewang Mehta was the man Indian IT Industry must thank. A Chartered Accountant, we can never imagine where his path took him along with lives of millions of people and fortunes of a country. He set up NASSCOM in 1991 and marketed Indian IT Outsourcing Industry to US. That was the time when West had got aware of issues arising from Y2K bug. This was the first time Indian went all around the world convincing global giants that Indian techies are best placed to fix this issue. This is how the Indian IT Outsourcing Industry was born.

VSNL launched internet services in 1995. That was the era of high cost slow speed data. It was Dewang Mehta and NASSCOM who gave VSNL the opportunity and platform to VSNL to showcase its capabilities. It was 1996 NASSCOM Meet at Nehru Centre, in the then Bombay, now rechristened to Mumbai.

Dewang Mehta approached India’s “Telecom Man” and “Father of Internet & Data Services in India” and the Chairman and Managing Director of VSNL – Brijendra K. Syngal. Mr. Syngal reminiscences in his book “Telecom Man” that Dewang Mehta approached him and said: “Mr Syngal, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. We need to demonstrate what the internet is all about. Can you get a couple of 2 mbps lines into Nehru Centre?” Thats how VSNL got a platform to present its services to India, when it took a booth at the Nehru Centre where VSNL gave live demonstrations of downloads. Mr. Syngal remembers that “the excitement among the young people was tremendous. There would be a stampede every day.” There was tremendous euphoria in the youth. Since then VSNL never looked back and continued to provide wider connectivity as the market kept on expanding exponentially.

Besides a dream for the software industry, Dewang Mehta had a blueprint for the IT industry and how it could be used effectively to change the lives of India’s teeming millions. He wanted the benefits of IT to make its way down to the grassroots levels and his favourite slogan was “roti, kapda, makan, bijli aur bandwidth”. This epitomised the needs of the emerging, 21st century Indian, and he had the foresight before turn of the millennium on how IT and internet would change lives of people and future of the nation. Promoting internet also set stage for rapid growth of IT Outsourcing Industry. Could anyone believe that a US$ 100 mn revenue industry would grow to become a US$ 50 bn revenue industry in two decades? That was the hardwork and vision of ONE man.

Today, when Congressis and Liberals keep screaming and wrongfully crediting Rajiv Gandhi for “bringing computers to India” to “creating Indian IT Industry” I am extremely pained. It is extremely important to bring these facts in public domain and educate the massed about the truth of who made Bangalore the Silicone Valley of India and created Indian IT Outsourcing Industry, that gives employment to millions today. Stealing credit for hardwork and vision of Dewang Mehta and appropriating it to Rajiv Gandhi must be condemned by all.

Disclaimer The author is solely responsible for the views expressed in this article. The author carry the responsibility for citing and/or licensing of images utilized within the text. The opinions, facts and any media content in them are presented solely by the authors, and neither Trunicle.com nor its partners assume any responsibility for them. Please contact us in case of abuse at Trunicle[At]gmail.com

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest article

हस्तिनापुरात् उत्तर प्रदेश प्राप्तम् जनानां भविष्यति कोरोना इति अन्वेषणम् ! दिल्ली से UP आने वाले लोगों का होगा कोरोना टेस्ट !

फोटो साभार ANI राष्ट्रीय राजधानीयाम् कोरोना विषाणु इत्यस्य बर्धयेत् प्रकरणानां दृष्टया उत्तर प्रदेश सर्कारम् रविवासरम् अकथयत् तत हस्तिनापुरात् उत्तर...

A Universal Individual

The world needs individuals who think globally to protect the interests of the whole world family

Is the rise of AIMIM led by Owaisi, going on the same path of Muslim League led by Jinnah during pre partition? Part II

Razakars—who had committed Hindu genocide, wiped villages after villages to establish Islamic State in Hyderabad during 1940s—spread their wings in ‘Bihar Assembly...

Saying Yes to Life

Years ago, while on a walk in New York city with an actor friend of mine, he turned to me and asked,...

गुपकार रोड बनाम केंद्र सरकार

5th अगस्त 2019 को केंद्र की मोदी सरकार ने जम्मू - कश्मीर से धारा - 370 को हटा दिया था । धारा...