Sunita Williams, when set out into the space in the Expedition 14 and 15, was hailed as the embodiment of what Indian women can achieve, or, Indian-Origin, if you please. Only catch, Sunita Williams was not born in India.
Bobby Jindal’s election as the Governor of Louisiana State, was celebrated more in the Indian media than in the US media. Again, yet another ‘Indian-Origin’ individual shines in a land away from India.
These are just two famous examples of ‘Indian-Origin’ achievements which are hailed and celebrated by Indians.
- Why? Why bring in the country of origin into picture when in most cases, the person in question knows as much about India as our Indian Government knows about proper governance?
- Why take credit, or try to nudge in that pseudo-nationalism into someone else’s achievements?
- Why behave like a small country desperate for attention? Which I believe we are, definitely not small by any means, but desperate for attention, a screaming yes.
This mentality amuses me a lot. We are a country of billion plus, with intelligence levels ranging from intellectuals like Manmohan Singh to caricatures like Raj Thackarey, and we still do not leave a chance to take borrowed credit! I am sure this small country mentality is here to stay for a long time, and will only fuel in more pseudo-nationalism.
We are such shallow minded people that we do not wait a second before claiming the person is of ‘Indian-Origin’, but have problems accepting Sonia Gandhi as an Indian. Irony.
I have only one question to all those people sending scrappy email forwards about ’30% of NASA employees are Indians, 25% of Doctors in USA are Indians’. 100% of ISRO employees are Indians. 100% of Doctors in India are Indians. 100% of Engineers in India are Indians. WTF did they achieve?
This led me to think, what if other countries take credit for Indian-nationals achievements?
> Japan: Erm, how about they taking credit for Saina Nehwal’s ranking? She uses a Yonex, after all!
>Pakistan: LK Advani, Manmohan Singh among many others were born in Pakistan.
>England: Ok, this is a serious one. The Indian Railways. The Railway’s total route length as of today is approximately 64,000 km, out of which approximately 53,000 km was built by the British Raj before 1947.
>Finland/Sweden: They can collectively take credit for most, if not all, of the phone calls made in India. Nokia is the market leader in mobile telephony, and Ericsson provides the equipment to BSNL.
>Russia: I’d preferably call Indian Navy as Russian Navy.
And most importantly,
>China: Huh! ‘Made in China’- You know the value of that tag better than i can explain over here.
It is lame and stupid to take credit for others achievements! It’s like saying the guy who used to sit on my bench is now the college topper, and it’s because of me. I know its a lame point, but basically you get the drift, right?
So the next time anybody of ‘India Origin’ gets thrashed down under, or wins the Nobel, or an Oscar,Just let it be.If you figure out that there is something worth to derive an inspiration from their achievements , look upon the way in which they excelled in the field.