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Google India honcho Archana Gulati resigns even as tech giant comes under scrutiny

The resignation of Archana Gulati, Google India’s head of public policy, comes at a time when Google is facing a number of antitrust cases.

Archana Gulati, Google India’s head of government affairs and public policy, has resigned from her position after serving at the tech giant for five months. She has a degree in economics and a Ph.D. from IIT-Delhi. Archana spent five months before joining Google India as Joint Secretary (Digital Communications) at NITI Aayog, a government think tank. But now she has resigned from her position, sources said. The reason behind her resignation from Google India is not yet known. When approached by PTI, both Gulati and Google declined to make a statement on the matter.

Gulati’s resignation came at a time when Google is facing a series of antitrust cases in India and stricter regulations in the tech sector. The Competition Commission of India (CCI), where Gulati previously worked, is investigating Google’s business behavior in the smart TV market, the Android operating system and the in-app payment system. One of the main issues against Google is the in-app payment system in the Play Store.

Before joining Google India, Gulati worked on digital communications policy at NITI Aayog from August 2019 to March 2021. She voluntarily retired last year and freelanced for a year before joining Google in May of this year.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Gulati was also a special duty officer in the telecom secretariat from May 2017 to August 2019.

Gulati was also the head of the combinations division at the Competition Commission of India and advised the Commission on competition issues arising from mergers and acquisitions.

From May 2007 to February 2012, Gulati was co-manager of the finance division of the Ministry of Telecom’s Universal Services Obligation Fund of India. There she oversaw the financial aspects of the design and implementation of USOF schemes and the payment of grants.

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