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Google appoints a former Modi think-tank official as India policy director - source

by Shailee Mishra

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Alphabet Inc's Google has hired Archana Gulati as its new public policy head in India, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. Gulati previously worked at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's federal think-tank and the country's antitrust watchdog. Under Modi's federal government, a number of Indian government officials have been hired by Big Tech companies, which are facing tighter data and privacy regulations, as well as competition law scrutiny.

Gulati has been with the Indian government for a long time, serving as a joint secretary for digital communications at Modi's federal think tank, Niti Aayog, which is critical to the government's policymaking across sectors.

According to her LinkedIn profile, she previously worked as senior official at India's antitrust body, the Competition Commission of India, between 2014 and 2016.A Google India spokesperson confirmed the news to Reuters but declined to elaborate. Gulati did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

The source declined to be identified because the hiring decision had not been made public

India's antitrust regulator is currently investigating Google's business practices in the smart TV market, as well as its Android operating system and in-app payments system.

Meta Platforms Inc hired Rajiv Aggarwal, who previously worked in India's federal and state governments, as its head of policy last year. Anand Jha, a former Indian antitrust and federal government official, joined Walmart in 2019 as India public policy officer. He is currently in charge of Blackstone's government relations in India.

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