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The story of India through Powerful leaders

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 12 August 2011, 13:06 Hrs
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Bangalore: Since Indepencence, India and its people have evolved over the years. There have been many changes post independence from population of the country to becoming one of the largest and promising economies of the world. India has also become the largest democracy in the world.

Free India has made rapid advance in the field of science and technology. Here is the list of powerful leaders who will take you through the journey of India in their own experience from pre independence to post independence.

Narayan Murthy: According to Narayan Murthy, Nehru in some sense laid out the foundation for the modern India as Nehru truly believed that it is very important for India to have a very strong foundation in both primary education and higher education if we wanted to integrate ourselves with the modern world. Right from day one he did several things. One, he started IITs and installed some management and other institutes of higher learning."We were all mesmerized by the charisma of Nehru. Nehru believed in central planning, Nehru believed in socialism. Nehru believed in the Soviet-influenced model of development. So it was not at all unusual for an idealistic man to be completely bowled over by these principles."

"I was very much influenced by Nehru's idea of socialism, Nehru's idea of planning. As a youngster, we all looked up to Nehru. But then I realized, when I went to France, and when I spent quite a lot of time in Europe -- I spent about 10 full years -- that if you want to eradicate poverty, you don't do it by redistribution of existing wealth. You have to create more wealth, and that's when I got somewhat disillusioned."

Narayan murthy goes on to speak about the launching of his comapany in the 1980's and the challenges he faced. " When we started Infosys in 1981, we were seven people, and we put together about $250 at current exchange rates. We were short of money, but we were very long on hope. We were very united, very enthusiastic."

Going back to 1981, Narayan Murthy speaks about the difficulties they faced to start a new business under the Permit Raj. "It used to take us about 12 to 24 months and about 50 visits to Delhi to import a computer worth $1,500. Today, I don't need to go to anybody's office to import anything that I want. I can import a computer worth millions of dollars. See the difference? "

Speaking on how liberlization has helped Infosys, Narayan Murthy says " As I said, if there's one good example, one shining example of all the positives of liberalization, it is Infosys. As you know, it has helped in many ways. One, it helped us open offices outside India, second it helped us become more competitive, third it helped us to get consultants in quality, in brand equity, from outside of India. In other words, it has made us realize that we can compete more effectively globally, but by first learning from the best companies from outside of India; and number two, seeing how we can improve on all these teachings."

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