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The imminent exit of IT giant Google from China, which has alleged
the Chinese Government of hacking personal data of its clients and
for enforcing censorship, could prove to be a boon for India.
India remains a preferred destination
for the IT bigwigs and provides much more independence, incentives
and privacy to the business to flourish.
Refusing to directly comment on
Google’s exit from China, Minister of State for Information
Technology Sachin Pilot, said: “India is a country that has a very
free, fair and transparent way of functioning. We are proud to have
one of the most open-minded media. There is no censorship of any
sort at all. I think everyone is free to add their views.”
Pilot pointed: “In this country (there
is) a sense of stability, our judiciary is very transparent in
functioning. I think all these factors add up, not just large IT
companies like Google, Microsoft and Internet-based companies, but a
lot of corporations look at it when they have a long term view of a
India’s phenomenal growth in the IT
sector can also be gauged from the fact that last year alone India
exported IT services worth 50 billion dollars and the sector has
grown at the rate of more than 15 percent, despite economic
Now, IT experts believe that with
companies leaving China on ethical grounds, Indian IT industry is
bound to grow.
As far as censorship is concerned,
Pilot emphasized that India has a very strict cyber law, which
ensures and respects the independence of the companies.
“The Indian government in last
15-years (has) only banned 20-22 websites in all and that also has
been done only when there are certain contents or websites that
really harm our national interests, our sovereignty or are bound to
cause some public disorder,” Pilot said.
“Only in the rare of the rarest case
would the government decide to shutdown or censor a particular
website, it is very far and few. We have a policy that is very fair,
we have policy forbearance. We don’t interfere in what the netizens
do, or what a company want to say. It is a very free open society
and we are very proud of that,” he added.
India has recently amended it cyber
laws and to ensure the safety of its cyberspace has an agency called
CERT 24/7, which protects cyberspace from attacks and cyber
terrorism and take effective steps in case attacks take place.
Another major advantage, which India
has over China, is the young English speaking workforce therefore
Indian IT sector and the government are keeping a close tab on the
developments in China as it can directly benefit them.