That an India-born techie has been chosen for the top job by an American computer technology giant reaffirms the fact that desi talent is on a par with the best in the world. It is a sign of the United States’s propensity to respect merit and reward technological prowess that Mr. Nadella outshone other local candidates on his way to becoming the CEO of the multi-billion-dollar Microsoft.
R. Prabhu Raj,
Academic pedigree does destine one for desirable jobs and enhance one’s likelihood of bagging a good opportunity. But Mr. Nadella has shown that dreaming big, working hard and aspiring to a be part of a great peer group can lead to success.
The feeling of pride and celebration most of us are experiencing on Mr. Nadella’s choice is but illusory. Firstly, while Mr. Nadella was born in Hyderabad, he is a U.S. citizen; so considering him India’s pride can be problematic. Secondly, much of his higher education took place in the U.S., and if he is at the top of the ladder, it is largely a matter of credit to the U.S. and the nation’s tendency to recognise and reward talent and ability. India has little to really rejoice here, while it continues to hold the dubious distinction of having the world’s largest illiterate population.