Tuesday, 8 September 2015
“Why do Indians in Overseas Earn Fame Quickly? Why don’t they Achieve Success in India?” ―Professor M.S.Rao
“There can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt.” ―Charles de Gaulle
It is observed that many Indians rise rapidly in foreign countries rather than in India. It is also observed that we take the high achievers at home for granted and elevate the achievers from overseas greatly. Let us discuss this topic.
Swami Vivekananda hit limelight after he delivered his famous speech at World Religious Conference, Chicago. He became a hero for many Indians. He was a great hero before delivering his speech. But he was not recognized until then. Why do Indians have such mindset? Is returning from abroad after being recognized by foreigners the only yardstick to measure the greatness of a person? Don’t we have our own yardsticks to measure the greatness of such personalities?
We often take people for granted at home. Children take their parents granted at home. Students take their educators for granted in educational institutions. They realize later when then they miss their parents and educators forever. Why is it so? Does familiarity breed contempt? It is a fact that we don’t respect the people who are with us. In contrast, we crave for people who are far away from us. It is like searching for stones leaving gems at home.
Most Indians flourished after they left India. Why cannot they flourish in India? Is something wrong with Indian system? Indian system is bureaucratic with socio-economic disparities. People are divided on caste, community, religious and regional lines. At times, we respect leaders based on their communities which is not healthy sign for our growth and development. There is politicization of every system including educational institutions in India. Fortunately, it has not reached to armed forces.
Indians must start judging people based on their performance rather than on their communities. It helps identify the right talent, unlock and grow in India. Additionally, respect the people and talent when they are with us. Remember, you don’t realize the importance of spanner until you lose it.
“Familiarity breeds contempt.” ― Aesop (c. 620-564 B.C.)
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