What­sApp? J&K Govt Wants to Know

Group ad­mins to be held re­spon­si­ble for ob­jec­tion­able con­tent, says state direc­tive

The Economic Times - - Front Page - Neha.Alawadhi@ times­group.com

New Delhi: The J&K govern­ment wants to tune in to ev­ery What­sApp group chat in the state, if re­cent di­rec­tives are to be be­lieved. Two dif­fer­ent com­mu­niques that went out on Mon­day asked What­sApp group ad­mins of “so­cial me­dia news agen­cies” and “What­sApp news groups” to reg­is­ter with the lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion, to pre­vent un­to­ward in­ci­dents in the state. The di­rec­tives fol­low an in­ci­dent that led to the death of four peo­ple in a fir­ing by se­cu­rity forces.

“Group ad­mins of each group will be re­spon­si­ble for all the posts on their groups and any ir­re­spon­si­ble re­marks/ deals lead­ing to un­to­ward in­ci­dents will be dealt un­der law,” read one cir­cu­lar, signed by the Kup­wara district mag­is­trate’s of­fice. It also for­bade govern­ment em­ploy­ees who are part of th­ese groups from “mak­ing com­ments/ re­marks” about the poli­cies and de­ci­sions of the govern­ment.

“This is scape­goat­ing by ap­point­ing the ad­min as a whip­ping boy or girl be­cause au­thor­i­ties wish to find some­one to pun­ish for dis­sem­i­na­tion of ob­jec­tion­able in­for­ma­tion,” said Mishi Choudhary, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at the Soft­ware Free­dom Law Cen­tre (SFLC).

What­sApp re­cently pro­vided end-to-end en­cryp­tion on its plat­form, which means that only the in­tended re­cip­i­ent (per­son or group) com­mu­ni­cat­ing with each other can see the mes­sage that is be­ing sent over the mes­sag­ing ser­vice.

In­cre­men­tal rev­enue it re­flects the com­pet­i­tive strength of a com­pany and its abil­ity to win new con­tracts.

In the past five years TCS has been the only In­dian IT firm to con­sis­tently post well over $1 bil­lion of in­cre­men­tal rev­enue ev­ery year. The only other IT ser­vices firm to en­joy sim­i­lar suc­cess dur­ing the pe­riod is US-based Cog­nizant Tech­nol­ogy So­lu­tions, which also gen­er­ated well over $1 bil­lion on an av­er­age ev­ery year.

Ex­perts track­ing In­dia’s IT in­dus­try pointed out that while Mum­bai-based TCS main­tained its lead over In­fosys, the Ben­galuru com­pany has whit­tled the gap be­tween the two con­sid­er­ably.

For in­stance, last year TCS raked in nearly $2.01 bil­lion of fresh an­nual busi­ness, about four-and-half times the in­cre­men­tal rev­enue that In­fosys gen­er­ated ($462 mil­lion). A year on, that gap stands at just about $300 mil­lion.

“While In­fosys has the mo­men­tum, the road ahead is about bal­anc­ing top and bot­tom line. In­vest­ments in in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and au­toma­tion have to be matched by sales ex­e­cu­tion. As TCS con­tin­ues to steal the march in terms of lo­cal­iza­tion, the pen­du­lum can eas­ily swing again,” said Thomas Re­uner, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at HfS Re­search.

Ex­perts said In­fosys needs to con­sis­tently de­liver ro­bust num­bers over a three-four year pe­riod to have any chance of snatch­ing back mar­ket share that has been con­ceded to ri­vals such as TCS and Cog­nizant and that one solid year will not dis­rupt the peck­ing or­der. Cog­nizant has fore­cast rev­enue in the range of $3.18 bil­lion to $3.24 bil­lion for the March quar­ter. Even as­sum­ing that it meets the lower end of the guid­ance, the firm would have gen­er­ated at least $1.94 bil­lion of in­cre­men­tal rev­enue for the April­March pe­riod.

“In­fosys signed large deals worth $2.8 bil­lion in FY16, up from $1.9 bil­lion in FY15. We note that the com­pany as­pires to get the wins up to $1-1.5 bil­lion/ quar­ter, which will help build fi­nan­cial pre­dictabil­ity,” Kawal­jeet Saluja and Jayku­mar Doshi of Ko­tak In­sti­tu­tional Eq­ui­ties wrote in a note to clients last week.

“How will it get there? Re­lent­less fo­cus on ex­e­cu­tion, prof­itable con­ver­sion, au­toma­tion and in­te­gra­tion of ca­pa­bil­i­ties will be some of the de­ter­mi­nants in pulling up share gains in the re­newals mar­ket.”

Infy needs to con­sis­tently de­liver ro­bust num­bers over a 3-4year pe­riod to have any chance of snatch­ing back mar­ket share

ANIR­BAN BORA

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