Moily says Obama "afraid" of Bangalore`s IT infra

With Barack Obama repeatedly asking Americans to work hard to compete with Bangalore and Beijing, Law Minister M Veerappa Moily today said if at all the US President was "afraid" of anything it was the "world class" IT sector.

New Delhi: With Barack Obama repeatedly
asking Americans to work hard to compete with Bangalore and
Beijing, Law Minister M Veerappa Moily today said if at all
the US President was "afraid" of anything it was the "world
class" IT sector flourishing in the Garden City.

"If at all, the US President (Barack) Obama is afraid,
he is afraid of only Bangalore. I think he is not visiting
Bangalore this time," Moily quipped addressing a book launch
function here.

Moily was telling the audiance present at the function
about how he managed to get a "world class" IT sector
infrastructure established with the help of "excellent" civil
servants in Bangalore when he was the Congress Chief Minister
of Karnataka.

"We could create a world class infrastructure in IT
Sector in Karnataka. And today our export is more that 18000
crore softwares per annum," Moily said.

"Many of the experiments which we did in Karnataka, it
could be possible because we had excellent civil servants. You
give an idea and they implement it," he added.

The Law Minister underlined that it is only India
where creation of "such a world class" infrastructure and
manpower is possible.

"It doesn`t require much change except change in
mindset. And our civil service system should respond to that,
he said.

Obama has repeatedly said that American schools would
have to ensure that they continue producing leagues of top
professionals, so that the American hegemony in human resource
continues in this century.

Exhorting American students to toil harder at school,
the US President had recently said that their success would
determine the country`s leadership in a world where children
in Bangalore and Beijing were raring to race ahead.

"At a time when other countries are competing with us
like never before, when students around the world in Beijing,
China, or Bangalore, India, are working harder than ever, and
doing better than ever, your success in school is not just
going to determine your success, it`s going to determine
America`s success in the 21st century," Obama said addresing
American students in September.

Last year, while announcing an end of tax incentives
to US companies which created jobs overseas, Obama had
launched the `Say no to Bangalore and yes to Buffalo,` slogan.
Since then, he has time and again mentioned the
competition coming in from developing countries like China and
India while asking Americans to rise to the challenge to keep
the American supremacy alive.

-PTI

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