Sam Pitroda a.k.a. Satynaryan Gangram Pitroda, the Father of Indian Telecom is honoured by The Economist under “Business Process Innovation” category.

The Economist magazine said,
In 1987 Mr Pitroda was asked by Rajiv Gandhi, the Indian prime minister, to help democratise access to telecommunications. His response was to deploy instantly-recognisable yellow telephone kiosks in every town and village. In the process, he helped to release the Indian telecoms industry from state control and opened it up to dozens of private companies, paving the way for India’s telecoms boom. Through World-Tel, he now promotes similar policies in other parts of the developing world

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