Datawind has published an Infographic, that clearly gives you peek into which part of Aakash was made where. This Infographic has been published in response to the huge controversy that was created due to the Hindu article that stated that Aakash 2 was a off-the-shelf China product.
The Infographic gives you a perspective of all 3 versions of Aakash (I, II and III) and which aspect has been made where. While all the 3 versions have been conceived, assembled and programmed in India, they have been designed in Canada (Datawind is Canada based company).
And the big controversy about Aakash being “Made in China” seems to be quite hollow. It follows the same story as Apple or any other tablet. For Aakash 2, only the motherboard kitting has been done in China. As you may have read Datawind’s response which we published earlier, this was done because they wanted to meet the deadline.
On a personal level, I fully believe that Aakash is an Indian innovation. The idea of Aakash was conceived and brought into fruition by some very able Indian minds. If it was as simple as picking it up from China, why no other country has been able to do it (including China themselves).
I am really not sure why there are so many detractors of Aakash – This is one device which has power to put India in the forefront on technology innovation. Lets support it!