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Forget Technology, focus Cricket, Cinema, Communalism & Corruption for quick bucks!

Yes these 4Cs are your best sources to goldmine! Why do India need a scientific temperament and mindset to be able to appreciate human issues and frame a progressive policy on Science & Technology? Have a look at the so-called 12th 5 year plan outlay for Technical Education, Science & Technology – it’s 1.38% and 0.55%, respectively. Most of it will go to the elite lot who will extract some fame for themselves and a cut for the masters. Though the country needs more growth out of urgency to support its soaring head counts, our netas, traders and ministers are preoccupied with gracing Bollywood and Cricket jamborees, even the cheaper versions, and content with commoditizing Bharat Ratna conferments and many things similar.

Venting out the dissatisfaction in the scientific community over “inadequate” funding, Bharat Ratna awardee and eminent scientist CNR Rao had recently ejected some angry outburst as he called politicians “idiots” for giving them “so little”. Asked about China’s progress, he added, “We also have to take blame on ourselves, as Indians we don’t work hard, we are not like Chinese. We are easy going and we are not as much nationalists … If we get some-more money we are ready to go abroad.” I will add, and become a rich NRI after indirect looting by asking for subsidized education sponsored by taxpayers wealth in India. He is just asking for more money put into real research instead of the big corrupt pockets, though the timing of such statements only coincides with upcoming elections, so what?

Why haven’t they in 60+ years, been able to forge an Industry-University alliance along the lines of what the US has for its industries and Stanford, Wharton & MIT? The answer is: gross ignorance, reserving funds for loot, fear of managing a resulting knowledgeable society and so an obvious complete lack of will. If we as a nation harbor any designs of leapfrogging into the top comity of nations, shouldn’t we be serious about focusing on technology-led innovation? Are these idiots even eligible to lead a research-driven knowledge society immune to their dirty tricks?

Look at investments made by China, Israel and other BRIC countries in S&T, and you’ll know where we stand. Why? Because we are just content with paltry progress and revenue inflows made via cheap outsourcing engagements. The NRI-lot are content with selling ready made and easy concepts to us. The corporate lot is also content, as less new technology means low expectations and minimal competition from new entrants, so they monopolize with patents / copyrights and en-cash with existing technologies or its tweaked variants.

But again, these idiots are elected as leaders by voters falling prey to short sighted views based on communal, regional, language, caste and sops such as gifts, freebies and vote for notes, alcohol or fun. India needs zero-tolerance towards goons, criminals, land grabbers, communal freelancers, rapists, corrupt, anti-socials, Nazis, opportunists, indecent and fascist feudalistic forces. Until then, the whole show will always be planned and managed by callous bureaucracy as leadership of the day neither have the vision nor are they concerned for the future. Only focus is to retain power and grow wealth of nears and dears with help of the mushrooming republic of media gurus and mata ranis. The message is clear for an average Indian – take a job, buy, vote, consume, content and do not dare to compete or question!

Sudhir Panda

No bhakt of any popular gangs, an irrepressible autodidact, pure blunt+ ideas on politics, economics, technology, culture, etc, do not fit any known ideologies. Tweets at

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