Brijendra K Syngal, former chairman of Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL), died after a long illness. He was 82. Syngal recognized as father of indian internet, was known for his strong views and fearlessness in taking over the establishment. As chairman of the VSNL he was unofficially known as the ‘Bulldozer’ for his ability to cut through bureaucratic hurdles that grew VSNL from a $125 million company in 1991 to a $1.65 billion communications giant by 1998.
About the Brijendra K Syngal:
Born in Ambala a year after the outbreak of the Second World War, he began his training at the DAV Model School in Lahore in 1945. After partition in 1947, he moved to Delhi with his family. While at school he was interested in cricket and collecting stamps. In 1957 he entered the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur, where he studied electrical engineering.
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