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NEW DELHI: Indian IT czar and Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy says Indians have over-sized egos which is holding them from becoming a world power.
Bloomberg quoted him saying at the Independence Day Lit Live lecture in Mumbai that the Indian “know-it-all attitude” is a hurdle in the way of achieving the world class status in terms of building cities.
“The biggest challenge for all of us, not just politicians or bureaucrats, is that we, Indians, have the highest ego per unit of achievement. I would humbly request, we be open-minded to those who have performed better than us,’’ Narayan Murthy said.
To highlight the negative aspect of this attitude, Narayana Murthy spoke about the experiences of fellow Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekan as the head of the government’s Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
“Nandan was giving a lecture on his experience in designing and implementing Aadhaar sometime back. Somebody asked him how difficult was it to work in Delhi… Nilekani’s response: The first hurdle that you come across is that they say we know this. The toughest hurdle is if they say we are already doing this. There isn’t much to do then.’’