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Stop calling India an IT superpower: Narayana Murthy

February 05, 2004 18:40 IST

After two decades of being in the information technology business, India is still a 'toddler' with only 2 per cent of global market share, according to N R Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies Ltd.

"We are just toddling; hence we should stop terming ourselves as an IT superpower," Murthy said in his address on 'Key challenges and strategies to offshoring: the political perspective' at 'Nasscom 2004 - India Leadership Forum' in Mumbai on Thursday.

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"Politicians, administrators and the media should stop saying that we are a superpower," he said and added that the country has a long way to go, both in terms of quantity and quality of services.

In fact, despite India's low market share, global IT majors have begun to consider certain Indian companies like Wipro, Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys and Satyam as a 'threat' to their businesses, he pointed out.

He also said the growing opposition to outsourcing of jobs in the United States was a 'sensitive issue,' which had to be dealt with 'sensibly.'

"It should not be sensationalised and carried on the front pages of Indian newspapers, especially when the US is facing an election year," he said.

He also said the Indian government should liberalise its internal policies, before asking other countries to liberalise their views.

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Sub: Mr. Murthy is right upto some extent

I am agreed from Mr. Murthy words, but on the other side, India is providing excellent solutions which are full of quality, due to which ...

Posted by Anurag

Sub: NASSCOM- Technology Management is the KEY

Sri Narayanamurthy must be congratulated for his fothright views. Government should be advised in time and with proper perspective vision. I see India not organised ...

Posted by vidyardhi nanduri

Sub: Yes Mr Murthy is right

Indias share is just 2%. How can it be Super power.. Let them make a prompt effort to make INDIA AS IT POWER. Murthy is ...

Posted by Srikanth

Sub: stop calling india superpower

yes the article is quite appropirate.baring a few exceptions general performance of the indian copmanies is not so great. and it is true in all ...

Posted by c.a.awalkar

Sub: Superpower ?

how can India be an IT superpower by doing code maintainace. We are just cleaning up the bugs in someone else's code. We need more ...

Posted by SG


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