I’ve often wondered and written about it on this blog; why do Indians lag in fundamental research. Now fundamental research is all about the research activity in the areas that directly affect common man. Haven’t we all noticed that there are almost no innovations from India since last several decades? It’s even more surprising when you compare it to India’s glorious past. The country that gave the world everything from Zero to Atoms to Atronomy to Medicine to plastic surgery to metallurgy should have been #1 in innovation. But the reality is different.
I think I’ve found my answer in the following video and it just coincides with the thoughts that were hiding somewhere in my brain. I’ve often advocated basic learning in one’s mother tongue. The top innovators are the ones who’ve studied in their own mother tongue! That’s the reason Germany does extremely well in Engineering without needing English and Japanese & South Korea excel in Electronics. Forget everything else – the monster China is exactly doing well – because they are educating their kids in Chinese!
Language is THE Problem!