India in international arena???

We are yet to score a Gold medal in the 2012 Olympics and at 3 overall medal tally, India is at the bottom.  I was wondering if this pathetic performance is a recent phenomenon and did some basic research.

Since 1900, India has participated in Olympics and has won a total of 23 medals so far.

For a period of time, India’s men’s field hockey team was dominant in Olympic competition, winning eleven medals in twelve Olympics between 1928 and 1980, including six successive gold medals from 1928–1956.

So, if we take out the team event of hockey, then India’s medal tally over  all modern Olympics comes to a mere 11!!  No wonder, we are gaga over bronze and silver medals that are won on individual events and are on cloud nine when Bindra won the Gold in Beijing.

It is not only in Sports that we are lagging behind but also in Nobel Prizes for Sciences, Oscar Awards to name a few.

For example, Amartya Sen is the only Indian Citizen of Post-Independance era to have won a Nobel Prize in 60 years for accomplishment in Sciences and contrast this with 3 Nobel prize winners of Indian origin settled elsewhere viz Hargobind Khurana, Chandrasekhar and Ramakrishnan.

In the entertainment field, we have only 5 Oscar Awardees so far!!

On the economic front, our record in 2012 is much better where 8 Indian companies are in the global list of Fortune 500.  Even there, 5 companies are in Petroleum and only 3 private sector companies viz Reliance (99), Tata Motors (314) and Tata Steel (401) have made the list.  Again, compare this with USA (132 companies), China (73) and Japan (68)!!!

While a few can dismiss this poor track record citing conspiracies of western nations or  by blaming the corruption in sports bodies and in educational institutions for the dismal show. Neither is valid because China, Japan, Korea etc are in East and it is not that the entire 20th century of India was infested with corruption!!

Perhaps, we as a nation do not have a passion for excellence and a willingness to reach out for higher levels of performance.  Worse, I suspect that we have succumbed to a vicious thought process that we are not capable of being world champions (except perhaps in cricket but lets remember that all of that started only in 1983 and our record has not been consistent either).

And that probably is the reason why we are yet to spawn the next IBM, Apple, Google or Microsoft!!

Wake up, fellow Indians to our own potential & lets start scaling new heights!!




  1. Srikrishnan.R said,

    August 5, 2012 at 5:47 am

    How patriotic are we Indians?

    What really defines patriotism? Before I could even make my humble attempt to try and define it, I see so many things around me that masquerade themselves as purported symbols of patriotism.
    Shouting slogans on streets, Slumdog bashing, ushering Team India (Yeah, there is only 1 sport and 1 team in India. You could say “It’s not cricket” but it is Cricket indeed), donating to charity organizations with the only purpose of getting tax benefits. Believe it or not, most of us live in this strange kind of fallacy where we get a false sense of patriotic pride virtually out of nothing or rather very trivial and petty things.

    For instance, Oscars and accolades to Slumdog Millionaire has been the talk of town of late and I can see some of my friends getting furious and deeply offended as they think of the movie as some sort of poverty porn sold by a ‘gora’. They say that as Indians they were deeply hurt. WTF? Give me a break. This is what I call “pseudo patriotism”. Don’t they know that majority of India is still below the poverty line? But they see only what they want to see. Rising Sensex doesn’t mean India is shining, it’s just a handful. And if they are so hurt by seeing those slum kids, then my simple question to them is “Guys, what have you done for your country”? All they did was to pass on the blame and move on for greener pastures in life.

    Just like we get offended by silly things, we get ecstatic by equally trivial things like some beautiful Indian chic winning a beauty pageant or beating Pakistan in cricket. My intention is not to trivialize their achievements but these things are not something that should satiate one’s national pride.

    It’s quite funny that almost every one of us is hard core fanatic when it comes to our religion or our mother tongue but when it comes to our country, we just run away from it. Let us not even talk about a small section of people who go out on streets and confuse jingoism with patriotism.

    All said and done, the question still remains unanswered how do I define true patriotism? I remember during my good old school days, we all students used to take this everyday pledge.
    “India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters. I love my country and I am proud of its rich and varied heritage. I shall always strive to be worthy of it. I shall give respect to my parents, teachers and elders and treat everyone with courtesy. To my country and my people, I pledge my devotion. In their well being and prosperity alone, lies my happiness.”

    I reckon these simple words pretty much encapsulate true meaning of patriotism, at least for me. Hopefully before I lie down on my deathbed, I would have done enough to fulfill my obligations.

    We have everything in us to do the best but this one thing, real patriotism is lacking. Once restored, I believe we can go that extra mile for what is not available in our country?

    • badrirag said,

      August 5, 2012 at 8:17 am


      “enna vallam illai indha thirunaatil? en kaiyai endha vendum velli nattil?”

      Unfortunately, we think we do not have enough and therefore we are even prepared to invite FDI from Pakistan!!

      The collective psyche of our nation is that we are incapable of greatness and that needs to change!

      Thanks for sharing


  2. edelweiss said,

    August 5, 2012 at 6:08 am

    I guess you will have to take out 2 more medals from the individual tally of 11, as two of them were won by Norman Pritchard, in 1900 Paris. It was the pre-independence era, and strictly speaking, he cannot be considered an Indian.

    • badrirag said,

      August 5, 2012 at 8:13 am

      thanks for the info. that makes the picture even worse!!

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