Does Indians lack creativity?
In his recent interview, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said that Indians measure success with academic excellence and a good job, but lack creativity.
In an interview with The Economic Times, he said:
The culture here is one of success based upon academic excellence, studying, learning, practising and having a good job and a great life. That’s a lot like Singapore study, study, work hard and you get an MBA, you will have a Mercedes but where is the creativity? The creativity gets left out when your behaviour is too predictable and structured, everyone is similar.
He added that he doesn’t see any big Indian tech company making a breakthrough internationally.
I am not an anthropologist and I don’t know the culture of India well enough. I don’t see those big advances in tech companies. What is the biggest tech company here, Infosys maybe? I just don’t see that sort of thing coming out of Infosys and I have done keynotes for them three times.
I completely agree with the views of Steve Wozniak that Indians lack creativity. As we see that most Indians are interested in jobs rather than doing anything creative. They believe in well and instant payment either it is legal or illegal.
There are a lot of examples of lack of creativity you can see:
You can’t find a single Nobel Laureate from India since independence in the field of science.
You can’t find a single great philosopher in India for more than two thousand years. Once we were known as great knowledge savvy, a lighthouse of the world, a vishwguru but now we are still using the philosophy of Veda, Upanishads or Gita even today.
You can’t find a single world class IT company (like Oracle, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple) in India though there are millions of IT professionals in India.
You can’t find a single Indian company which manufactures, planes, cars, computers, missiles or even a mobile phone without importing technologies from the Western world. (Now a day “Make in India” shows some ray of hope. May it will take time and we will become manufacturer one day.)
You can’t find a world-class writer in India for several decades.
You can’t find an Indian branded product has a worldwide presence.
Are these not enough proof to validate the statement of Steve Wozniak?
Actually, there is no scope for creative Indians in India. Most of them have to migrate to Europe and American countries to show their creativity because they know that they shall only be ridiculed and criticized by traditional Indians. The main reason behind the lack of creativity is our belief that everything great has already been done in India several thousand years ago and nothing else is left to be done by the modern generation.
Steve Wozniak is absolutely right when he said, “Success in India is based on studying, having a job only. Where is the creativity?”
The whole world knows the truth about India.
We are only fooling ourselves by all the great rhetoric and wishful thinking.
Unless we are willing to accept our shortcomings and learn from those who are better than us, we have no chance of developing and growing into a great nation.