So recently, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said in a recent interview to Economic Times that Indians ‘measure success with academic excellence and a good job, but lack creativity’. Here’s an excerpt:
‘The culture here is one of success based upon academic excellence, studying, learning, practicing and having a good job and a great life. That’s a lot like Singapore study, study, work hard and you get an MBA, you will have a Mercedes but where is the creativity? The creativity gets left out when your behavior is too predictable and structured, everyone is similar.’
Well, India has its own problems. Yes, our education system is archaic and needs a major overhaul, but over the years there have been many Indians who have broken the mold with their talents and have gone ahead to make our country proud in various walks of life. This is a tribute to such legends who are looked upon with great respect by each Indian, you and me too! This is a reminder to Steve to show him that we are no less than any other country!
Here is a list of Indians (in no particular order) from various walks of life such as arts, science, and business, who have wowed us with their achievements in India and the international arena:
Chandrasekhar was born in Lahore before India got partitioned. He won the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physics for his mathematical theory on black holes also known as ‘The Chandrasekhar Limit’.
C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Born in Tollygunge, Calcutta, as a Gaudiya Vaishnavism spiritual teacher (guru) and the founder preceptor (Acharya) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), commonly known as the “Hare Krishna Movement” he helped tell the word of Hindu gods and goddesses to the world. Within the final twelve years of his life, Bhaktivedanta Swami translated over sixty volumes of classic Vedic scriptures (such as the Bhagavad Gita, Chaitanya Charitamritaand the Srimad Bhagavatam) into the English language. His translation and commentaries of the Bhagavad-Gītā are considered by adherents to the ISKCON movement and many Vedic scholars as one of the finest literary works of Vaishnavism translated into the English Language.
Born in Pataliputra, he was an Indian mathematician and astronomer who gave the explanation of lunar eclipse and solar eclipse, rotation of Earth on its axis, reflection of light by moon, sinusoidal functions, solution of single variable quadratic equation, value of π correct to 4 decimal places, circumference of Earth to 99.8% accuracy, calculation of the length of sidereal year. His Āryabhaṭīya and the Arya-Siddhanta are still referenced by astronomers and scientists from around the world!
Born in Madurai, Pichai is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Google Inc. He is also part of the board that made Alphabet Inc. into Google’s parent company. He has been the central figure at Google in its development of products like Google Chrome, Chrome OS, and Google Drive. He has also been actively responsible for promoting the Chrome OS and the Chromebook, Google’s flagship devices that are low-cost netbooks for the general masses.
Salman Rushdie originally hails from Kashmir and was born in Mumbai. He is famous for his fictional books like Satanic Verses, Midnight’s Children (Booker Prize winner in 1981 and Booker of Bookers in 1993). He has been ranked thirteenth by The Times on its list of the ‘50 greatest British authors since 1945’.
Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar
Popularly known as Baba Saheb, he was born in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh. He was a political activist and social reformer who campaigned for greater equality through his work as an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer.
He inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement and campaigned against social discrimination against Untouchables (Dalits), while also supporting the rights of women and labor. He was Independent India’s first law minister, the principal architect of the Constitution of India and a founding father of the Republic of India.
Born in Santiniketan, West Bengal, Sen is a 1998 Economics Nobel Laureate. He is a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows (HSF) and the Chancellor of Nalanda University.
Har Gobind Khorana
Khorana, an Indian-American biochemist, was born in Punjab and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1968 for being able to crack the genetic code along with his associates Marshall Nirenberg and Robert Holley.
Born in Delhi, Kohli captained the Indian Cricket Team Under-19s to victory at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia. He is currently the captain of the national team in all three formats. He is ranked as one of the world’s most famous athletes by ESPN and one of the most valuable athlete brands by Forbes.
In 2014, he became the top-ranked T20I batsman in the ICC rankings, holding the position for three successive years till 2017 and is currently ranked 3rd in the world, as of February 2018. Since October 2017, he has also been the top-ranked ODI batsman in the world and the 2nd ranked Test batsman in the world.
In ODIs, Kohli has the second highest number of centuries and the highest number of centuries in run-chases in the world. Kohli holds numerous Indian batting records including the fastest ODI century, the fastest batsman to 5,000 ODI runs and the fastest to 10 ODI centuries. He is only the second batsman in the world to have scored 1,000 or more ODI runs for four consecutive calendar years.
Among the T20I world records held by Kohli are: the fastest batsman to 1,000 runs, most runs in a calendar year and most fifties in the format. He also holds the records of most runs in a single tournament of both the World Twenty20 and the IPL.
He also has the highest historic rating points for an Indian batsman in ODIs (909 points) and T20Is (897 points) in ICC rankings and 2nd highest rating points in Tests (912 points) behind only Sunil Gavaskar. He is the only batsman in history to average over 50 in Test matches, ODIs and T20Is simultaneously.
Kohli has been the recipient of many awards such as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 2016, ICC World Cricketer of the Year in 2017, ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012 and 2017, and the BCCI’s International Cricketer of the Year for the 2011–12, 2014–15 and 2015-16 seasons, the Arjuna Award (2013) and Padma Shri (2017).
His brand value in 2016 was estimated to be US$92 million, placing him second on the list of India’s most valued celebrity brands.