So we invented Zero! We had the best knowledge of universe and farming! Our scholars knew the math and medicine! Our knowledge and wisdom was one of its kind. Today we have the best of institutes – IITs & IIMs. Today we produce large number of Engineers & Doctors. Our scientists are, they say, among the best in the world. Then why, my friend, are we still a developing country?
Only one answer comes to my mind – We are busy serving the â€˜othersâ€˜! Name one Indian brand that is known worldwide. Name one innovation from India in past 100 years that has changed the world. Why, I wonder, canâ€™t an Indian ( there are gazillions of them ) think of an idea as simple as â€˜Googleâ€™? Why, I wonder, canâ€™t an Indian gather a team of top-notch computer engineers from IITs to develop an Operating System that will put Windows & Linux to shame? Why canâ€™t we have a Dosa-Hut or Samosa-Hut operating in Germany, Italy, Canada and Australia? Why canâ€™t we have cleanest roads, fastest trains, excellent customer service & beautiful buildings? What is stopping us?
Yahoo! Inc. did a survey in America and came up with stunning results. 66% of Americans want to have their own enterprise and even more amazingly, only 3% of them want to do it for the want of money. A major share of Americaâ€™s GDP comes from the small businesses. No doubt they have the best of the best stuff.
Our newspapers brag about Indian software biggies like Infosys, Wipro, Satyam & TCS. None of these companies could come up with a product for the common people. None of them could develop a search engine way before Google or Yahoo. None of them could change the world like Google & Microsoft did. Probably we are busy servicing the â€˜othersâ€™. We brag our expertise in outsourced software development. Frankly, we do not get projects because we are intelligent. We get projects because we are cheap. But who cares, each $ makes around 50 Rs here!
We grow our new generation to be employees. Thatâ€™s the safest bet. â€˜Getting Marriedâ€™ is the ultimate aim of life which, without a steady-high-paying job, is almost impossible to achieve. Probably we are too busy building new home for ourselves and staffing it with the Fridge, Plasma TV, Home Theatre etc. Probably we are too busy returning the debts to the bank. Probably we are too busy to take risks and do whatever we always wanted to do. Probably we are too content with ourselves. Probably we want Napoleon ,Edison, Bill Gates, Richard Branson to be born not in ours but in neighborâ€™s house. Probably we are not anyone among above because not-everyone-can-be-Bill Gates. Probably we donâ€™t want to try. Probably we are lazy. Or we are too happy finding excuses.
Then how my friend, will India Shine?
-The Big K-
p.s: As I predicted, Gary left to get the M.B.A sticker. The player below plays a song that I had recorded few months back. Its special because it was the first song that I had sung for my friends. Will you ever forget those terrace days? 😉