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Google vs. Paytm: how the spotlight shifted from heat on Chinese capital to “arm-twisting” Big Tech

Google vs. Paytm: how the spotlight shifted from heat on Chinese capital to “arm-twisting” Big Tech
Google vs. Paytm: how the spotlight shifted from heat on Chinese capital to “arm-twisting” Big Tech
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Paytm Payments Bank board outside a branch in New Delhi, India.

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Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s fight against Google has united local rivals. Before the Google-Paytm tussle, Indian startups with Chinese investments were feeling the heat from the policymakers. But now the narrative has changed — to one around developing an ‘Atmanirbhar’ startup ecosystem. Is it that simple, or is there more to the story than meets the eye?

It’s Google versus Paytm and the rest, and the local rivals are in it together — at least on the face of it. Google’s decision to briefly drop Paytm from Play Store for allegedly violating the company’s gambling policy and the immediate fightback by the latter with a Mini Play Store have opened a new chapter in India’s tech-startup ecosystem. While Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma, popularly known as VSS in the tech circle, called Google a
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