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Monday, December 28, 2009

A Nobel Laureate and The Indian Public

The people of this country tend to put any one, whether an Indian or a person of Indian origin, who wins recognition from a phoren (foreign) land, on a pedestal, even at the cost of his or her craft, as experienced recently by a certain Dr. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan.

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Sidhusaaheb said...


The price of fame Actually I admire the man’s honesty and forthrightness about it all..he’s basically saying ; ‘Look, I was only doing my job…now let me get on with it!’
He’s a one-off….most folks would love to gain recognition for their work/skills etc across the globe, though I can see how it might become a bit wearying after a time…
…true, though ’tis the knowledge/work/skill itself that’s important, not the hope of a prize at the end of it!

12.28.09 – 10:07 pm



If only all those get the limelight thought in a similar manner. India’s obsession with itself and everything foren is very disappointing. We tend pat on our backs and give ourlseves accolades for everything that we can justify. Kalpana Chawla, Sunita Williams, Rushdie, Naipaul, and now Dr.Ramakrishnan. Some of the above are not even praiseworthy. And those that deserve are in no way Indian and their Indian origin or roots had nothing to do with their success. In fact every time an Indian gets some recgnition outside India it is shameful for India to even claim any ownership because they failed to give that person opportunity or recognition or encouragement when he/she was really in India. then there is the case of Tendulkars and Bindras who are again what they are because of own abilities. The system (India) more often was found discouraging them. And this is not true for Autralia and US etc. where a certain Phelps or Ponting is a product of the system. The Indian system would have given a rat’s @#%$ to Slumdog Millionaire if it did not get recognized by Oscars.

12.30.09 – 10:57 pm