Sunil Bharti Mittal recalls how an ‘inspiring’ meeting with PM Modi was a turning point for Airtel


In September 2018, a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked a pivotal second for Sunil Bharti Mittal-led Bharti Airtel, which was grappling with a extreme disaster on the time, based on the Bharti Group founder.
Airtel was struggling because of the impression of free voice and knowledge providers offered by new entrant Reliance Jio and a sequence of selections by the telecom regulator that negatively affected the incumbent market chief, Mittal informed ET.
Mittal, who had just lately concluded his chairmanship of the International Chambers of Commerce and used to sometimes temporary the PM on WTO, G20, and different issues, sought permission to debate the Indian telecom trade’s dire state of affairs. During the meeting, performed in Hindi, Mittal conveyed to the PM: “I will fight in the marketplace, but I can’t fight the government.”
In response, Modi assured Mittal that the federal government wouldn’t favor both aspect and would act in the very best curiosity of the nation. He inspired Mittal to compete within the market, emphasizing that the federal government would stay neutral. Mittal expressed his gratitude and regarded this meeting as a essential turning point for Airtel.
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“He told me that this government will not tilt towards either side. Whatever is good for the country will be done. You fight in the marketplace. I don’t have a view on that. But from the side of the government, you can be sure that the government will not take sides,” Mittal stated. “And that was enough for me. I got up and thanked him… This was the turning point (for Airtel),” Mittal was quoted as saying.
During the interview with the financial daily after Airtel surpassed the $100 billion market cap milestone on May 27, Mittal shared his recollection of a meeting with Modi. The company had overcome numerous challenges in its nearly three-decade history to reach this point.
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Mittal expressed that the meeting with Modi provided him with an indescribable energy and inspiration. “Sometimes you want an inspiration. I do this to my troops. I wanted that from somebody. There was a very robust particular message (from the PM): Fight out there. Here was a man telling me-who has himself fought in opposition to a lot of odds-that you do your work and be very reassured that this authorities goes to solely do issues which might be good for the nation,” he stated.
This encounter led Mittal to view the laws, which he had beforehand thought-about unfavorable to Airtel, from a broader perspective. He realized that decrease tariffs may need been advantageous for the federal government politically and will have helped democratize knowledge providers. The reassurance that there was no hidden agenda allowed him to see issues in a different way.
Airtel’s market cap has grown by greater than $80 billion previously 5 years, from round $19 billion in 2019, which was lower than the whole funding within the enterprise as much as that point.
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Mittal firmly believes that the notion of the federal government favoring solely a choose few is completely misplaced. He sees Airtel’s $100 billion market cap as a testomony to India’s present state, not simply his firm’s success.
He highlighted the inflow of cash, capital, and investments into the nation, alongside with the rising inventory market and large valuations, as indicators of a steady, stable, and purposeful financial system underneath a robust chief.

Nilesh Desai
Nilesh Desai
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