The recent appoint of Sundar Pichai as Google CEO has been widely celebrated in India, but it has also led to a familiar complaint – that India is not capable of keeping its own talent and that the best of Indian tech ends up overseas. Look at Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai, we are told. People of tech genius who are now in charge of tech behemoths like Microsoft and Google. Why didn’t they stay in India?
And all this leads to the rather rapid conclusion that India does not respect its own tech talent and has no “killer tech products.” Where is India’s Google or Facebook, the cynics remark? They are absent because India “loses” all its tech grey cells to the West that appreciates it more.
We at TechPP beg to differ.
No, we are not going to go to the extreme of saying that conditions are perfect in India for tech entrepreneurship. But neither are we going to start moaning that the best of Indian talent has gone West.
But neither are we going with “India is a disaster for tech entrepreneurs that cannot hold on to its own talent” rationale.
India does have talent in tech. And a lot of it stays in India.
Because if it does not, then you want us to believe:
That Micromax, an Indian brand, is not among the top ten smartphone brands in the world
That Debjani Ghosh of Intel India is not talented
That the Digital India initiative is a non-starter
That an e-commerce giant like Flipkart is a fluke
That the likes of Reliance and Airtel know nothing about technology
That a host of multinational companies are insane to have development hubs in India
That Hugo Barra is joking when he says that he wants Xiaomi to not be known as a Chinese company but be a part of the ‘fabric of India’
…and a whole lot more.
That’s asking for a lot, really.
Yes, we know India has its problems.
That it could do more for tech.
But it has a lot of tech talent.
So much that even when a lot goes abroad
A lot remains within its borders.