Wednesday, March 12, 2014

India Celebrates Satya Nadella

Today, most Indian news papers and channels are filled with Satya Nadella. Just because he was born in India and has got such a recognition. On another day, he would have been called a traitor by many for having left the mother-nation for greener pastures, but a winner cannot be a traitor, can he? I have witnessed adulation and messages congratulating the nation as if somehow through Satya, the entire nation was given control of Microsoft.

Do not get me wrong. I have nothing against Mr. Nadella. I am sure, he is completely worthy of the post he has been given and also for the adulation. What I do not understand is, what does that have to do with him being Indian? Was he given such a post because he is an Indian? Or is all the celebration because he was given the post despite being an Indian? As noted in FirstPost this is a SLAP in the face of the nation. This is yet another person who has reached glory after leaving India . Unparalleled glory, something he would not have achieved had he stayed in India. Unlike what Mr. Arun Gupta states here , I do not think it is as such a bad news for India, but I just do not find it worthy for India to gloat over. What India should look at on the contrary is, what should India do to have the next Bill Gates to be from India.

When would we find someone who shines, not because he became the CEO of a big corporate that already existed, not because he inherited a large corporate, but because they being in India and without having to leave India could make something that does today, that Microsoft did in its beginning. That is something that I would call for a celebration. Why should I celebrate a US citizen winning a nobel, even if he is of Indian origin. I would celebrate when and Indian citizen wins the prize, even if of another origin. I would also hope that it happens for something in science. I would also like for someone to have an idea that could rival Microsoft or Apple, and be originated in India. Can these happen? Probably, but I do not see much brightness in the near future. As Mr. R Jagannathan notes in the First Post article above, our culture promotes mediocrity and encourages muggers and talkers rather than doers.