New Delhi, Nov 3: With Barack Obama repeatedly asking Americans to work hard to compete with Bangalore and Beijing, Law Minister M Veerappa Moily on Wednesday 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 infrastrcture 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.