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Why has India failed to produce tech giants like Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter etc.?

Answer by Burhanuddin Pithawala:

Great answers, all of them. But somewhere I feel, we are too busy, too busy finding causes (if I don’t call them excuse). India is full of Great companies – take a look around – the numbers are not many, but they are there. The fact that such companies exist – means that it’s possible to create them, being in India or not, doesn’t matter. A purposeful life needs an axis or hinge to which it is firmly fixed and yet around which it can freely revolve. As I see it, this axis or hinge is but a certain abstract idealism or belief in the value of the human spirit and the virtue of human endeavor and achievement. We Indians need to be convinced of our strength. While once addressing young people CV Raman (I hope you know him) once said:

"I can assert without fear of contradiction that the quality of the Indian mind is equal to the quality of any Teutonic, Nordic or Anglo-saxon mind. What we lack is perhaps courage, what we lack is perhaps driving force which takes one anywhere. We have, I think, developed an inferiority complex. I think what is needed in India today is the destruction of that defeatist spirit. We need a spirit of victory, a spirit that would carry us to our rightful place under the sun, a spirit which will recognize that we, as inheritors of a proud civilization, are entitled to a rightful place on this planet. If that indomitable spirit were to arise, nothing can hold us from achieving our rightful destiny."

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My name is Shyamala pronounced as shaa-ma-la. I am a UX evangelist turned product owner defining experiences and vision for autonomous digital assistants. 

I am a civil engineer by education, and before moving into user experience and product, I worked as an architect with a construction firm for 2 years. My passion for design and building great things for users pushed me into the UX speciality. I am a self-made UX designer with no formal educational background into UX, but my passion helped me enter and succeed in user experience.