Google Picks Former Head Of Modi Think Tank As Head Of India Policy – Source

NEW DELHI, May 4 (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google has hired a new head of public policy in India, Archana Gulati, who previously worked at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s federal think tank and the the country’s antitrust watchdog, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

A number of Indian government officials have been hired by big tech companies fighting tougher data and privacy regulations, as well as competition law scrutiny, under Modi’s federal government. .

Gulati is a long-time employee of the Indian government, having worked until March 2021 as joint secretary for digital communications at Modi’s federal think tank, Niti Aayog, a body essential to the development of policies of the government in all sectors.

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Before that, between 2014 and 2016, she worked as a senior official at India’s antitrust body, the Competition Commission of India, according to her LinkedIn profile.

A Google India spokesperson confirmed the development to Reuters, but gave no further details. Gulati did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The source declined to be named because the hiring decision was not public.

India’s antitrust watchdog is currently examining Google’s business conduct in the smart TV market, its Android operating system as well as its integrated payment system.

Last year, Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O) hired Rajiv Aggarwal – who has spent years working in the federal and state governments of India – as its chief policy officer.

Another former Indian federal government and antitrust official, Anand Jha, joined Walmart in 2019 (WMT.N) as India’s public policy officer. He currently manages government relations for Blackstone in India.

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Reporting by Aditya Kalra in New Delhi; Edited by Kirsten Donovan

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