Advising people of India to be open-minded to those who perform better, Infosys co-founder Narayan Murthy has pointed out that Indians have the highest ego per unit of achievement.
"The biggest challenge for all of us, not just politicians or bureaucrats, is that we, Indians, have the highest ego per unit of achievement. I would humbly request, we be open-minded to those who have performed better than us," Murthy was quoted as saying by The Economic Times.
Narayan Murthy made these remarks while delivering the fourth annual Independence Day Lit Live lecture in Mumbai last week.
According to the ET report, Murthy shared his experience of working with different governments and pointed out every time, somehow things didn't move fast.
He also revealed that even Nandan Nilekani, another Infosys co-founder, too had a similar experience while working with the establishment in Delhi.
"Nandan was giving a lecture on his experience in designing and implementing Aadhaar sometime back. Somebody asked him how difficult was it to work in Delhi. His response was that the first hurdle that you come across is that they (bureaucrats) say we know this. The toughest hurdle is if they say we are already doing this. There isn't much to do then,” Murthy was quoted as saying by ET.
Murthy pointed out that the approach of Indian bureaucrats was completely different from that in other parts of the world.
Murthy shared his own experience of working as an IT advisor to the Thailand PM, more than a decade back.
"They (Thai officials) would make a presentation and I would give suggestions. They would write those down. The next time I went there, they would show me how they've (the suggestions) been implemented," Murthy said.
Indian bureaucrats, according to Narayan Murthy, do not even care to note anything probably because they think they already know everything.