You might be a third world country if …

Reading some of the more outlandish claims about how India is an IT superpower is a surreal experience. The chest-thumping, right from the highest offices in India to the lowliest journalistic office, is a sight to behold and marvel at. Don’t know why they have to do it. Perhaps they are plain ignorant or perhaps they feel that if they repeat a lie often enough, it will become true in the real world. Their naivete is touching and pathetic.

If you put on airs about being an information and knowledge superpower when about 351,587,482 (more than the combined populations of US and Canada) of your citizens are illiterate, you might be a third world country.

2 thoughts on “You might be a third world country if …

  1. Raj Sunday October 3, 2004 / 11:19 am

    Atanu, IT superpower? Got to be kidding….where are the products???? OK, IT Superpower in Services…having worked in a range of services organization, i can say with conviction, that neither do our organizations have capability nor skills to do even basic tasks such as “Requirements Gathering”….so much for the superpower tag….


  2. Niket Tuesday October 5, 2004 / 8:26 am

    … if one pharma company out-licences it molecule and the newspaper spin it as “India can be drug discovery powerhouse.”

    I am very proud of this achievement. This is good and hopefully will encourage more R&D spending by the pharma companies. But come on, can we not label this as a “great achievement” or “a great potential” or have engaging article on how this can change a few things for good. Do we necessarily have to use the terms “powerhouse” or “superpower” or something like that?


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