Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Innovation - The Indigenous way

In today’s world, Innovation is often repeated jargon in the knowledge and technology industry for doing things in a better way, bringing benefits to providers or consumers in some way or other. While the sense and usage of the word is yet to percolate down to the common man’s lingo and I have seen faces pucker into a frown at the mention of innovation from people resisting change, the process of Innovation is here to stay as it was there from the very first day of human life. This has taken humankind to where it is today and will take them further into future.  The industrial revolution, green revolution, the dairy revolution initiated by Anand Milk Federation (AMUL)– to me- all of these are fuelled through innovation for an efficient society.

 Not undermining the previous revolutions, the technology innovation starting in 19th Century has changed the world to a much greater and deeper extent – internet being in the center of all. There are better ways of doing things and getting things done in touching almost all facets of human life- Food, shelter, health, transportation, communication, agriculture – irrigation and production etc. etc. While all these are good and in the right direction, the point for my today’s discussion is to reach the benefit to the masses as much as possible in all rungs of society in a locally customized way. 

India, being a value for money country with a huge chunk of population below poverty line, there has to be further innovative “Indianised” ways to cut costs without compromising on the benefits. This will ensure that the payback of innovation can be made available to commoners sponsored by a separate indigenous Innovation government policy as in China. And I am sure with the glorified minds India had in multifarious fields coupled with the mindset of the present and future generations, there are ample possibilities of innovation being driven from the common man’s usage perspective. There was a period from 10th to 18th century when progress was stagnated but we have recovered from the situation and are on a roll for an inclusive growth across cities, towns and villages.


Please join me,along with acclaimed write and philosopher,Robin Sharma, to dream of a much improved world order where indigenous innovation is able to narrow the gaps of disparities in life.

“Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.” 
 
Robin S. Sharma


33 comments:

  1. Amazing post again. Innovation is a great topic and very significant for Modern India. Thanks for sharing.
    Shalzzz|Loving Life
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  2. Very interesting post - as always Jayanta! A very interesting read. Innovation, yes, the path to making improvements - And how true that innovation sometimes starts with just someones dream (and how often have they been mocked about it!) Let's support the innovators, the dreamers:-)

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    1. Thanks, Eli. Appreciate your comments and thoughts.

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  3. Very informative. I love the way you concluded it with the Robin Sharma quote!

    ~S(t)ri
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  4. Create something new... that is the only way to live!!!

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  5. Innovation yes, using the best indigenous minds and ways, a bigger yes! Interesting piece today, Jayanta. You must already know about that guy who did that computer literacy thing in rural India by installing a computer on street corners...am forgetting his name right now...we need that kind of innovators in India.

    Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal

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    1. Thanks, Beloo. We from Rotary has come up with a E-pathsale @Rs 3000/- per school and one guys has created a dictionary program for all Indian vernacular languages to support post school educations. There are indigenous efforts on many other things in agriculture, solar lighting etc.to make these affordable in villages. Thanks for your time and kind comments.

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  6. Innovation is an ongoing process. When that's used to serve the basic needs of society, it becomes a boon ! Thanks for this piece, Jayanta Sir :)

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  7. Some innovators can really inspire

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  8. It is true that innovation is a critical component of any nation's continuing economic success and development. And if we use our country's own resources (brain power, man power, technology etc), it would be trigger an all round growth and development for all of us!!

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    1. Yes, I do agree. Thanks for your thoughtful comments.

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  9. interesting post ! liked the quote of robin sharma .

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  10. Innovation is a term which is used in my company too. I welcome the change. Well written.

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  11. This is a great post. I think sometimes when we talk about innovation we take out the indigenous portion out out of the equation. We miss out on a lot of existing wisdom when we do that.

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  12. I'm all for a green revolution. I'm still trying to work out how to live a sustainable lifestyle while still depending on the internet. Sigh. Very interesting post, thank you!
    Jemima
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  13. Dreams and innovation. The two combined can lift up those who dare to create what they dream. Thank you for your post.

    Mary Montague Sikes

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  14. Innovations seem to be constantly evolving and changing. I often wonder if we should fix what isn't really broken. Sometimes the improvements are not as good as the way things were always done. Two steps forward and three steps back. Still without innovation we would never move forward...so it is a good thing.

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  15. Interesting perspective. Unfortunately, the capitalist system doesn't encourage creation but pilfering of wealth:)

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  16. Interesting perspective and really a thought provoking post... :-)

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  17. Very nice thoughts here, Jayanta. And Amul is a great example!

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