Anand Mahindra, Chairman of the Mahindra Group is not someone who needs to be introduced. He is recognized as the flagbearer of nationalism in India Inc. Over the years, the man has always stood steadfastly with the country, a position not many explicitly are seen taking these days. With the Indo-China border standoff at the LAC along the Eastern Ladakh anything but over, Anand Mahindra has promised to rise to the occasion and work towards building India as a global manufacturing super-house, not just in terms of self-consumption, but also for exporting Made in India products across the world.
The Chinese media has fixed a daily routine for itself. Employees of the CCP working in media houses like Global Times and others have decided to wage a Psy-war on India, which includes taking sly digs and portraying China as an invincible force. In the same line, Hu Xijin, a CCP parrot and spineless ‘journalist’ took it upon himself to lecture India on the lack of recognizable Indian products and services which can consequently be banned by China in retaliation to the Modi government’s move to ban 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok from the Indian cyberspace.
Well, even if Chinese people want to boycott Indian products, they can't really find many Indian goods. Indian friends, you need to have some things that are more important than nationalism. pic.twitter.com/6zauhqYbXH
— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) June 29, 2020
In response to this dig on India, Anand Mahindra replied, “I suspect this comment might well be the most effective & motivating rallying cry that India Inc. has ever received. Thank you for the provocation. We will rise to the occasion.”
I suspect this comment might well be the most effective & motivating rallying cry that India Inc. has ever received. Thank you for the provocation. We will rise to the occasion…🙏🏽 https://t.co/LZbQhS8xVW
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) June 30, 2020
Anand Mahindra is not afraid of taking up challenges and also picking fights for the country. Earlier, Mahindra had announced that his team had produced interim lifesaving ventilators, which are available at a meagre price of Rs 7500 as compared to other ventilator machines that cost anywhere between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh.
The time is now ripe for Tech Mahindra, Mahindra Group’s IT subsidiary to develop Indian alternatives to the Chinese apps which have been banned in the country, and not just develop them as alternatives for national consumption, rather as formidable platforms which can give China a run for its money globally.
That Anand Mahindra has taken up a challenge on a social media platform to the same effect, no less than on behalf on the entire industry, might just be an indication of the times to come. Not just in the IT sector, India Inc. can challenge Chinese hegemony over the global supply markets if they focus the bulk of their energies to that end.
The Mahindra Group is a humongous Indian multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It runs operations in over 100 countries. The group has a presence in aerospace, agribusiness, aftermarket, automotive, components, construction equipment, defence, energy, farm equipment, finance and insurance, industrial equipment, information technology (Tech Mahindra), leisure and hospitality, logistics, real estate, retail, and two-wheelers. Padma Bhushan Anand Mahindra, as of January 2020, has a net worth estimated around $1.6 billion. He is included by Fortune Magazine among the ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ and was in the magazine’s 2011 listing of Asia’s 25 most powerful businesspeople.
As mentioned by Anand Mahindra, the Chinese have provoked India, and taken a condescending dig at our country. It would be a real shame if such an insult is let go unanswered. India Inc. must truly rise to the occasion, and Anand Mahindra must lead the way.