"In Bangalore, considered the Silicon Valley of Indian software, techies and GNU/Linux enthusiasts were more critical. Early GNU/Linux evangelist Atul Chitnis wrote, "However much I would like to rejoice over this, I must sadly conclude that this is probably a response to the announcement from yesterday that Bill Gates is visiting India in November."
Chitnis argued that he was not saying "that the Indian government effort isn't true or good news". He conceded that, in fact, there are "tremendous efforts" going on to use open standards and open technologies. But "it is just that the timing of the 'news item' is a wee bit suspect".