In the last three issues, we have been talking about “Believe in Yourself”, since it is the basic attitude for your growth and success. Of course, we talked on “Belief” based on positive attitude not on negative attitude. If you believe in yourself on positive attitude, you are the master of your destiny. You create history. You are the indomitable soul. You will be lead, through your passion, to success.
Sabeer Bhatia is from Pune and he had his higher education from BITS Pilani. Later he did Engineering from Stanford University and he was a drop-out of Ph.D. For a short period he worked in Apple computers as a system integrator. Then something made him to realize that he was destined to do something greater. He realized his inner strength and he developed a great amount of confidence in himself.
At the age of 19 he reached America with hardly 250 dollars and within 12 years he became worth of 400 million dollars. How was it possible?
None can take away the importance of the role that internet will play in our lives in the future. The technology has abundant potential for finding uses in others spheres of life. It is undeniably going to be most important source of information and knowledge and their dissemination. The tool will not only be used for political and cultural propaganda, but it is also going to be one of the most important means of entertainment. Internet will become an essential part of our lives like electricity and water supply. That it needs to be secured from intrusion and unethical use has already been appreciated by security experts.
The global community has raised the issue of control over domain allocation etc and other resources of internet by the US based organisations. A multilateral and transparent control over the resources of internet has been sought by the global community and if it’s fragmentation into regional networks it has to be avoided in the future. India has also taken a similar stand. However, it is in everyone’s interest to perpetuate the technology for the forward march of human civilization. The bigger challenge for a country like India, is also about finding a foothold in the race for domination over the content, applications, tools, and software that find uses in the technology
There is no Indian search engine as big or even competing Google. There is no Indian software manufacturing company rivaling the Microsoft. There is no mobile phone manufacturing company rivaling the Apple. And there is no Indian social networking site matching the Facebook. Wats App has no Indian competitor.
No other global company will be able to compete them out unless it makes better, innovative and attractive alternatives. There is hardly any question of matching the US companies in scale and size. Common sense and our past experience in other spheres tell us that if the companies of a particular country have a monopoly in any sphere including cyberspace, that would mean the dominance over propaganda, knowledge and information dissemination, dissemination of culture, and marketing of products will be of the mother nation and not ours. We will have to buy and believe what they sell and what they tell. Those who have financial and technological control over this medium will use the resource for the aggrandizement of the mother nation.
India is therefore expected to make its presence felt otherwise we will not be able to catch up in the ongoing E-revolution.
If possible than indigenous efforts, otherwise in partnership with other likeminded nations we should develop our own global search engines, applications-software, content recourses, email services and other innovations matching global standards that are not only available to Indians India but in foreign lands. If we don’t build on the little spade work that we have done in the past two decades, we will be outplayed by the sheer scale of US companies’ operations. The race for dominating the cyber space is on.
About the Author
Shri M N Raju, the Chairman of MNR Group of Institutions, is a prolific writer and critic. He has published several articles in literary magazines across the world. His book Two Billion Heartbeats that talks about his philosophy and his life, has been published by Jaico Books and is widely read and acclaimed by authors and critics alike. He has won several national and international awards for his contribution to Indian education and healthcare sectors.