Why can’t we embrace the achievements of the Indian diaspora?

An interesting discussion broke out when Prof. Sriram posted the news of Prof. Nitin Nohria being appointed as the new dean at the Harvard Business School. I thought an emotion-laden argument to be rebutted.

we feel proud when ‘one of us’ heads foreign organisations. is it because we feel accepted by the erstwhile colonists? Is that very stark, dark, harsh truth that a new appointment at IIM or even ICT, a story equally interesting, equally filled with strife and overcoming barriers, doesn’t make the newspapers. We identity with Dr. Nohria as one of us. He inspires us. We talk about him. We put his news on our fb walls. Not because he is dean of a business school. But its Harvard, oh and a phd from MIT an indian who has been tendered global acceptance as one endowed with intelligence. Are we still insecure?  How many shilpa shetty’s winning Big Brother UKs will make the headlines. Why can’t we look within ourselves to seek inspiration. Maybe, that’s why indian’s loose a handsome chunk of its talent to countries like the US. Coz u may be smart, but hey, do u have a degree from harvard? only then, are we talking.

but it us who appreciate HBS more than an IIM-A (getting into which is def more difficult)

Americans were not our colonists. The fact that an Indian genius has been recognised in a place full of geniuses is the achievement we are glad to hear. We are not trying to feel accepted but simply proud that someone has achieved it and someday even we can.

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Proud to be Indian, I remain

This is a rebuttal to a friend’s* analogy of India’s greatness. Re-posted from my facebook notes of April 2009. (*Names have been deleted on purpose)

“I have observed that every time I mention that India is lacking in innovation and how it is not leader in any field, Most of My friends star arguing that we have a Great (sic) Culture and thus we are a great country.

Recently my friend sent me a stupid spam mail which boasted about greatness of Indian culture.

One by one I will show how all these facts are stupid and there is nothing to be proud of.
Fist the email gives list of people who hold top positions in different companies.

Q. Who is the GM of Hewlett Packard (hp) ?
A. Rajiv Gupta
Q. Who is the creator of Pentium chip (needs no introduction as 90% of the today’s computers run on it)?
A. Vinod Dahm
Q. Who is the third richest man on the world?
A. According to the latest report on Fortune Magazine, it is Azim Premji, who is the CEO of Wipro Industries. The Sultan of Brunei is at 6 th position now.
Q. Who is the founder and creator of Hotmail (Hotmail is world’s No.1 web based email program)?
A. Sabeer Bhatia
Q. Who is the president of AT & T-Bell Labs (AT & T-Bell Labs is the creator of program languages such as C, C++, Unix to name a few)?
A. Arun Netravalli
Q. Who is the new MTD (Microsoft Testing Director) of Windows 2000, responsible to iron out all initial problems?
A. Sanjay Tejwrika
Q. Who are the Chief Executives of CitiBank, Mckensey & Stanchart?
A. Victor Menezes, Rajat Gupta, and Rana Talwar.

All above except Azim premji are NOT Indians They are all AMERICAN Citizens!!!
To this my friend replied that

“its the upbringing tht is important u hav been brought up in India so India is responsible for ur achievements ok……the workplace can be nething”

Okay but then why these people are not sending their kids to India for upbringing. Big Joke have you ever heard an NRI (UK, USA ones not Dubai kind) sending his kids to live in India?

Q. We Indians are the wealthiest among all ethnic groups in America, even faring better than the whites and the natives.
There are 3.22 millions of Indians in USA (1.5% of population). YET,
38% of doctors in USA are Indians.
12% scientists in USA are Indians.
36% of NASA scientists are Indians..
34% of Microsoft employees are Indians.
28% of IBM employees are Indians.
17% of INTEL scientists are Indians.
13% of XEROX employees are! Indians.

SAME reason as above they all are US Citizens and most likely their kids don’t give a Damn about India or being an “Indian”.”

My rebuttal:

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