Odias have been explorers in 13-14th century, said Sam Pitroda at the release of his autobiography in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.
At that time Odias had trade and commerce relations with Bali, Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Sri Lanka, Malaya, Vietnam and China.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik released the book – ‘Dreaming Big: A journey to Connect India’.
CM said, “I am glad that Sam Pitroda has unveiled his autobiography in Bhubaneswar and this will be of great interest for all readers, particularly for the youth.”
“I would like Odisha to grow at 10 per cent and be on the forefront of states in India. Odisha has everything possible. We just need a new blueprint, a new plan, a document. It can be done. I am willing to do it,” he said.
Commenting on why he chose to launch his book here, Pitroda said because it is my ‘Janmabhumi’ I was born here and I am proud of it.
Sam Pitroda was born in Titlagarh, Odisha, India, to parents from Gujarat.
Recalling his childhood days in Titlagarh, he said, “Odisha means something very special to me and my family.”
Many argue that, as technology Advisor to the Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi in 1984, Pitroda both heralded the telecom revolution in India, and made a strong case for using technology for the benefit of society through missions on telecommunications, literacy, dairy, water, immunization and oil seeds.
Sam Pitroda played a major role in ushering in the Telecom Revolution in India.