Indian IT Industry, Brain Chield of Indira Gandhi

by khalid on 30/08/2009 · 0 comments

Indira Gandhi

Often people thinks that the present IT revolution in the country is due to Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, but the policy which provided a head start in software exports was actually brought in by his mother Indira Gandhi weeks before her assassination, a new book on Indian IT says. The book is ‘The Long Revolution: The Birth and Growth of India’s IT Industry’.

The 1984 policy providing the provision for software exports through satellite links was approved by Indira Gandhi’s Cabinet and then sadly she was assassinated afterwords Rajiv Gandhi became the Prime Minister and announced the policy of software exports via satellite on November 19,1984. This policy attracted American firms like Texas Instruments (TI) and opened up new gateway for software exports from India.

In fact, a number of policy initiatives including liberalisation of policies for computer and electronics sector, rural digital telephone exchange, software technology parks and computerisation of railways, which are linked with Rajiv’s era, were set in motion by Indira after she came to power in 1980.

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