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By Prachi Mishra

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing the flak from the people all over the country, for his recent comments during his diplomatic tour to China. While addressing the Indian community in Shanghai, he had said his year in office had given Indians settled abroad a new pride in the country.

As The Hindu reported, Modi said, “Earlier, you felt ashamed of being born Indian”.

“Now you feel proud to represent the country. Indians abroad had all hoped for a change in government last year.”

The hashtag #ModiInsultsIndia has been trending on twitter, with people condemning Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his narcissistic comments.
Earlier too, in April 2015, Modi was criticized for his statements made in Germany and Canada about the “mess” the earlier government had created out of the country. PTI had reported Anand Sharma, a Congress spokesperson as stating, “He is talking on foreign soil to malign his predecessors and the present opposition. No prime minister of  of India in its history has ever done so”.

Once again with his recent remark in Shanghai, Modi has drawn the censure of not only the opposition, but also the common people across the country, towards him.

Here is a glimpse of what people have posted on twitter:

  • SEB

    ^^^^^ YEAH I AM PROUD THAT MODI IS THE MOST TRAVELED PASSENGER OF AIR INDIA^^^^^ NOW THAT’S A CREDIT

  • I have never hard such a nonsense talk from any PM of any country in the world

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Microsoft Ready to Help Indian Startups, Says President Anant Maheshwari

Microsoft is focused as much on selling third party solutions as their own, and this co-sell motion has helped generate $8 billion in revenue for partners within 18 months

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FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

Armed with a cutting-edge technology platform, a well-established partner organisation and an expansion of M12 venture fund, Microsoft is ready to help Indian startups across the spectrum embrace the next phase of growth, Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, said here on Monday.

India, which saw a tremendous growth in the startup space in the last couple of years, is now witnessing a growth in the business-to-business (B2B) tech startups coming up with innovative ideas to deal with local problems.

“With our intelligent tech expertise, deep focus on trust and unique global go to market partnering, we empower unicorns and startups to scale sustainably at a global level,” said Maheshwari.

“We remain excited about India’s entrepreneurial startup potential and will continue to accelerate it as a growth engine for the economy,” he added.

India witnessed a dramatic rise of eight unicorns in 2018 from among the start-ups across verticals as against a mere nine in six years from 2011 till 2017, according to IT industry apex body Nasscom.

The start-ups joining the select club for their valuation over $1 billion are Oyo Rooms (hospitality), Zomato and Swiggy (food delivery), Udaan (retailer marketplace), Byju’s, (edu-tech), Paytm Mall (e-tail), Freshworks (software programmer) and Policybazaar (digital insurance).

Maheshwari said Microsoft is uniquely positioned to support Indian startups to achieve scale and evolve from market ready to enterprise ready.

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

The introduction of M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, in India in February is creating new value for startups, VCs and the company itself to maintain the pace and direction of innovation.

“M12 is looking at investing in innovators who have aligned their focus on cutting-edge technologies that better enable digital transformation. The portfolio development team at M12 is specifically built to help support and scale companies by leveraging the expansive resources of Microsoft,” said the company.

According to reports, venture capital investments in Indian tech business-to-business (B2B) start-ups have been trending upwards, with over $3.09 billion raised in equity funding across 415 deals in 2018 — 28 per cent more than $2.41 billion in 2017.

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Under the “Microsoft for Startups” initiative, startups can co-sell with Microsoft sales teams, get access to top tech VCs in the global arena and mentorship from industry veterans.

In less than 18 months, Microsoft for Startups has closed more than 120 co-sell deals with more than $126 million in active pipeline for startups.

Microsoft is focused as much on selling third party solutions as their own, and this co-sell motion has helped generate $8 billion in revenue for partners within 18 months. (IANS)