Unlike most of you – I am serious about my country’s development. But the more trust I put in people, the more disappointment I get. I sometimes wonder whether there’s any talent left in India. I’ve been looking to hire talented people and all I get is copy-paste masters who think they can quickly fool any system and get away with it. The most disappointment comes from people who you think are ‘really’ talented. From Ankit Fadia to Hassan Ali, India seems to be full of people who want short cuts to everything. Frg8 it, we evn us shrtcts in typin. u knw wht i mean?
But those words don’t come from my own hiring experience for my venture, but from my experience as a recruiter for the companies I worked with. Copy-pasting job would start right at the ‘Career Objective’ in resume to a friend of mine telling me how Infosys guys were caught by their client copy-pasting the code from Google and submitting it without even caring to remove the comments made by the original author in original code. I don’t know the truth in it – but I’ve no reason to refute it right away as well.
The roots of this dishonest behavior and ‘jugaad’ mentality actually comes from years of wrong upbringing. We teach short-cuts and we lead by example. Engineering is short-cut to job world, MBA is short-cut to better salary and status, cheating in exam is short cut to getting good marks and so on. We even find short cuts to the ticket windows at Cinema Halls! Ever seen 20 Indians standing quietly in a queue to buy a ticket (except in a prison where prisoners queue for food)?
And guess what? This IS the reason we’re still a developing country. We’ve a vast middle-class that has access to resources, but we don’t know how to use them. Our engineering students have laptops and desktops but they don’t know what to use them for, except updating Facebook and watching movies. We do zero innovation in our daily jobs.
Those words are harsh, but we don’t want to hear them – because ignorance is a bliss, and acquiring knowledge requires efforts.
Does anyone know any intelligent & honest person? Refer him/her to me. I’m hiring.