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  1. To Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s remark belittling Indian education system, Anand Mahindra’s stinging comeback

To Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s remark belittling Indian education system, Anand Mahindra’s stinging comeback

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak aka Woz recently belittled the Indian education system. Woz said that an Indian can get an MBA, buy Mercedes but has no creativity.

By: | New Delhi | Published: February 27, 2018 2:12 PM
Anand Mahindra takes dig at Steve Wozniak. (Retuers)

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak aka Woz recently belittled the Indian education system. Woz said that an Indian can get an MBA, buy Mercedes but has no creativity. The man behind Apple’s first ever computer Apple 1 hinted that India’s education system lacks encouragement for creativity. Chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra reacted to Woz’s thought in a rather strong yet sarcastic way. He took to Twitter and said,”I love it when such comments are made. Nothing like a sweeping stereotype to get our juices flowing & prove it wrong. Thanks @stevewoz Come back soon. We’ll make you sing a different tune…”

In an interview with the Times of India, Wozniak was asked to share his thoughts on India and if he thinks that a global tech company can emerge from the country. To the question, Woz replied, “I am not an anthropologist and I don’t know the culture of India well enough. I don’t see those big advances in tech companies. What is the biggest tech company here, Infosys maybe? I just don’t see that sort of thing coming out of Infosys and I have done keynotes for them three times,” TOI quoted him as saying.

When the 67-year-old was asked what according to him was the missing link, he said that India’s culture was focussed on success based upon academic excellence, learning, studying, practising and securing a good job and a great life. He further said that he saw two Indias – one upper and one lower — and that the formula only held true for the “upper India”. Woz then questioned if this process of achieving success had any space for creativity. “The creativity gets left out when your behaviour is too predictable and structured, everyone is similar. Look at a small country like New Zealand, the writers, singers, athletes, it’s a whole different world,” he said, as per TOI report.

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  1. Yatin Deo
    Mar 4, 2018 at 3:26 pm
    To be honest Apple itself needs some creative people badly. Mr. Wozniak should focus on making the product technically innovative rather than some marketing gimmicks. It will only take you so far. The question is will Apple last 10 more years with cur level of 'creativity'?
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    1. Rima Sharma
      Mar 4, 2018 at 11:31 am
      Well honestly he’s not wrong though , recently I got enrolled in one of the Ivy League college in USA based on my score on major subject and other creative activities, while in India I was nowhere near any good college due to low Gpa score . In India it’s all about the 99 and certificates, an individual’s personality or other field of interest doesn’t matters at all . I’m a proud Indian but when it comes to creativity India is a lot behind and that’s the common reason why most successful creative adults seek to work or study abroad than India itself.
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      1. Yatin Deo
        Mar 4, 2018 at 3:20 pm
        hi Rima Thanks. I just want to ask you that if you did not have the resources to spend an Ivy League education would you still have sung their praises. In India you can not get admission in IIT or IIM irrespective of your resources but everyone knows that one can't get into Ivy League unless you have substantial resources in hand. Yes, there are some weaknesses in our education system like any other system but we can't have CEOs and Deans in top American companies coming from Indian education system if they are not creative. And if Mr. Wozniak thinks that they are not, then God save Amerca because it means they are not appointing right people.
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      2. Sarat G
        Mar 1, 2018 at 3:03 pm
        I'm an Indian, proud of that by all means. But we must accept our limitations, much of our education system is pathetic, we are training horses for white collar s. Shame on these bureaucrats who never contributed anything to improve, but still making comments, shame on you again!!!
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        1. Shiva Surya Sai
          Mar 1, 2018 at 8:48 am
          Yea. Talking about creativity is useless in India. We're destined to be a labor country and that's what we are. No alphas here tho. We're happy to do the work we hate doing, do anything like robots not for money but to meet our social standards set down by workoholics and propogated by brainless maniacs. We're the labor. Our children will be labor. Forever and ever. And we're shameless enough to say India will be a superpower. We're ready to exploit our country. Destroy our land and rivers and be machines ourselves to just reach the top, god knows why.. but Jai Hind! May we stand proudly on a wasteland India will become soon enough.
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          1. Prash M
            Feb 27, 2018 at 9:39 pm
            Hes not wrong. Our educational system and our culture stiffles creativity, promotes scoring marks as a measure of success and looks down on people who do anything unconventionally. Phrases like "Your life depends on your 12th grade marks" are common place. Sports is given least importance and creativity/opposing the norm is seen as a crime.
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            1. narayanan ms
              Feb 27, 2018 at 8:13 pm
              sadly very true
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              1. Briggs Subramaniam
                Feb 27, 2018 at 7:05 pm
                Not only is what Woz says true. The headline is misleading and opinioniated which goes against journalistic standards. Stop engaging in click bait tactics.
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                1. MAhesh V
                  Feb 27, 2018 at 2:57 pm
                  Yes it is true
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