... the Saini brothers have ideas a dime-a-dozen. But in little-known Pasiala, as the farmers get ready to rain-feed their thirsty crops, there’s barely any recognition of these home-grown Edisons.Why do we constantly seek support from Governments? In what way are they qualified to evaluate an innovator's plans, fund them and then get their cash back? Now, about Edison. I am currently in the process of editing a manuscript on Edison's life (in Tamil). That man never went to the Government asking for funding. He found sufficient private entrepreneurs to fund his ventures. His inventions were truly outstanding. He never complained. His life as an inventor was not rosy either. He had to fight several cases in the courts about patent infringement etc. He just carried on and came up with more and more inventions. He also made a lot of money.
Indians should stop self-pitying and get on with their lives. If Balram Singh and Prem Singh have great inventions, let them take a leaf out of Edison's book and commercialise the invention by raising money from local farmers. It is much easier to convince the consumer community than the morons in Vigyan Bhavan or PMO.