• Arpita Sinha

‘Success in India is based on studying, having a job…where’s the creativity?’

On February 25, 2018, in an in-depth interview during the ET Global Business Summit in New Delhi, the co-founder of the Apple Co. Steve Wozniak gave such a statement, which somewhat brought fury amongst the Indians and activated the trolls, to begin with, the new subject.
But was his statement so wrong? Let’s put an insight to this. From the field of medicine and science to that of the art and culture, India has a glorious history in discoveries, inventions, and innovations. Our country has given a lot to the world, which I believe, is not much recognized and acknowledged these days.
You see it’s easy to say, that we have these many numbers of Indian scientists working in NASA or we have so many Indian engineers and doctors in the world and blah blah blah, but these people are just working for themselves, for their own lives. Most of them don’t even know if they are doing their dream job or just doing something for the sake of earning.
The real worth of a country is measured according to the contributions made to the world in various fields.
So-Called young India hasn’t made a much innovative contribution to the world in the 21st century. Till now only 12 Indians (5 Indian citizens and 7 of Indian origin or residency) have been awarded Nobel prize. India has somewhere lost its glory and greatness due to its young generation who is simply struggling with their lives and distractions, competing for grades, jobs, and craving for a comfortable life. We (even I) are not willing to step out of our comfort zones. Just running with the crowd. nothing out of the box! Passion brings creativity, Creativity brings innovation.
Chanakya, the Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist, basically a great intellect! Then Rabindranath Tagore, Munshi Prachanda in the field of Literature! Sarojini Naidu, the Nightingale of India, and not only in the field of art and literature but also in the field of science and technology, India lead the world. Tipu Sultan, the Mysorean Tiger was the first one to invent and use the rockets successfully during the warfares. He and his inventions were a nightmare for the British troops.
Our ancestors were extremely passionate about the fields in which they were involved and hence gifted a lot to the world, but we (even I) alas! Sorry, India! I don’t mean to offend you. But unfortunately, that guy is right. Just ignoring the truth and criticising someone won’t help. It’s not a mark of patriotism. Instead, let’s accept the truth and improve. Let’s show the world that yes, we still exist!


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