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India should not consider China a ‘threat,' says Infosys founder

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Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies. File Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
The Hindu Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies. File Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

Its development in the IT sector is an “opportunity” for Indian firms

Infosys founder N.R. Narayana Murthy said here on Tuesday that India should perceive China's rapid development in the information technology sector as an “opportunity” for Indian IT companies functioning in that country, rather than as a ‘threat.' Mr. Murthy, along with Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, inaugurated the State's first cyber police station at the police headquarters here.

Asked whether China's speedy progress in the IT field could pose a threat to India's favourable global position, Mr. Murthy said: “China has shown development in extraordinary proportions in different sectors. It will also make progress in the IT sector. Almost all Indian IT companies have a presence in China now. But we are not looking at China as a threat but as an opportunity.”

Asked about Infosys' investment plans in the State, he said that given the vast talent pool in West Bengal, the company would take the decision “at an appropriate time.”

Speaking at the inaugural function, Mr. Bhattacharjee said that even with just 26,000 personnel, the city police maintained a “low crime rate and communal harmony” in comparison to forces with larger strength.

“But we are not complacent and realise the need to upgrade our resources and technology regularly. Quality of investigation also needs to be improved,” he added.

Mr. Murthy said the cyber police station would initiate a new era of ‘e-policing' in the city and suggested that officials be open-minded in learning the tricks of the trade from police forces already running such stations.

Police Commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakrabarti said Mr. Murthy has invited a group of city police personnel to the Infosys headquarters at Mysore for training.

“A batch of about 10 police officers would leave for Mysore next month for the training. We have also requested Mr. Murthy for building up a long-term consultancy relationship between Infosys and Kolkata police for expert advice and support on e-police governance,” Mr. Chakrabarti said.


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Mr.Murthy's thinking that China in IT field is not a threat but an opportunity to India exhibits his positive nature. They are growing in all sectors and would definitely dominate the developing countries in the near future. Our presence in China shows growth but void of economic security.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2010 at 03:04 IST

Mr. Murty should not greedy and selfishly to appraise China so much! I hope him and I stay alive to what China will do after it over ride the USA economically and militarily. Once China become stronger than USA then we all will see what happen with Taiwan. We should consider China as threat and that will make us grow stronger. It was mistake on Nehru’s part to hand it over Tibet just like that and we show what happened 1962!

from:  Harsh Patel
Posted on: Aug 28, 2010 at 01:39 IST

For Infosys and its founder, as well as for many businessmen, everything seems to be acceptable as long as they can do business and make a profit. For the country's rulers, though, a different perspective is needed, and one hopes that prevails.

from:  M. Parthasarathi
Posted on: Aug 28, 2010 at 01:31 IST

If Mr Murthy had explained how Indian IT companies would turn the growing IT sector in China, it would have helped people understand how to face competition in other fields as well. To say, "don't worry "will only result in complacency.

from:  R Vasudevan
Posted on: Aug 25, 2010 at 11:48 IST

I admire the high thinking of Narayana Murty but after 1962 Chinese adventure,periodical reports on Arunachal are indeed disturbing. Only time will heal all these matters. Let us be pragmatic and business like with a touch of love in our relationships so that our people's life is elevated qualitatively.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Aug 25, 2010 at 09:15 IST
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