Alphabet Inc: Google chooses former think tank official Modi as head of Indian politics: report

New Delhi: Google of Alphabet Inc has taken on a new one head of public policy in India, Arcana Gulatiwho previously worked for the Prime Minister Narendra ModiThe government think tank and the country’s antitrust watchdog, a source with first-hand knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

A number of Indian government officials have been hired by Big Tech companies that are fighting stricter data and privacy regulation, as well as scrutiny of competition laws, under Modi’s federal government.

Gulati is a long-term Indian government employee, having worked until March 2021 as the joint secretary for digital communications at Modi’s federal think tank, Niti Aayog, a key body for government policy-making across all sectors. .

Previously, between 2014 and 2016, he worked as a senior official at the Indian antitrust body, the Competition Commission of India, according to his LinkedIn profile.

A spokesperson for Google India confirmed the development to Reuters, but did not elaborate. Gulati did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The source refused to be named as the hiring decision was not public.

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The Indian antitrust is currently examining Google’s commercial conduct in the market for smart TVs, its Android operating system and its in-app payments system.

Last year, Meta Platforms Inc hired Rajiv Aggarwal – who spent years working in the federal and state governments of India – as the head of politics.

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

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