Indians (living in Mera Bharat Mahaan) lack the entrepreneurial drive that’s so abundant in Americans (and among Indians settled in the U.S.).
That’s not really new, is it?
But what surprises me is that in a land boasting of nearly three million software programmers there’s very little encouragement for innovation in technology even from average people.
One would think people from a country with 16 IITs and countless other engineering colleges would be more supportive of technology innovations.
The Indian soil is not fertile for innovations, either in technology or in other domains.
Even techies or other well off Indians care more about some two-bit Tollywood, Bollywood or Kollywood *@^# than about encouraging or funding interesting technology projects.
Often in life you have to rely on proxy variables to draw conclusions.
So I’ve relied on some statistics recently released by the crowd-sourcing entity Kickstarter to hypothesize that Indians by and large are indifferent to technology innovations.
The Kickstarter data covers the period April 28, 2009 to March 3, 2014.
While Kickstarter covers several other domains (publishing, art, technology, food, games, theater, music, design, film and video etc), the site is famous in helping entrepreneurs get financial backing for their tech projects from average people.
Kickstarter stats show India fares poorly vis-a-vis a lot of countries in support for technology innovations.
Indians will, as usual, take pride that they’re better than the Pakistanis.