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Who is 'India's Elon Musk?' Snapdeal CEO Kunal Bahl answers

Tesla boss Elon Musk is widely regarded as a visionary leader. Snapdeal CEO Kunal Bahl picks India's answer to the tech mogul.

April 30, 2022 / 08:51 AM IST

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has dominated conversations around the world ever since Twitter’s board agreed to sell the company to him. Seen as brash and controversial by many, he is nevertheless regarded as a visionary entrepreneur with ambitious plans for space travel and creating brain-computer interfaces.

Does India have its own version of a tech leader like Elon Musk? Kunal Bahl, the CEO of e-commerce platform of Snapdeal, has an answer.

In a recent LinkedIn post, Bahl said he regarded Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani as India’s Elon Musk.

Nilekani spearheaded the Indian government’s gigantic effort to create Aadhaar -- biometric IDs for all citizens -- and also helped unveil Unified Payments Interface or UPI --- a real-time and instant payment system. Thought ambitious, the projects have led to debate. Aadhaar gave rise to concerns about security and data privacy. A matter related to UPI is being considered by the Supreme Court.