Last month a union minister known for tongue-wagging (-in-cheek-speaking?) 
had a barb for IIT,IIM faculty - telling them not world-class, but for self, was benevolnet
towards IITians, though many question their utility for their changes as migratory
birds to USA or IIMs, while very few are in real love with science and technology.
Interestingly, the observer has forgotten to place current of self in any standard
(are our ministers of world class?). Fortunately, another came to rescue of faculty
for it belongs to the domain of his ministry.
Again adding to the issue, yet another barb came from a recognized (though his
detractors say 'sarkari') scientist - who tells not more than TEN Indian scientists
are world class . Till now, there is no report, to my knowledge on this issue.
Seems there is some truth in all these statements. After Saha-Bose_Raman era, in
recent past, the science in India is nil. The science in India now, almost a
patchy work - a bit of twist to a published work! Meet a professor in any Univ./
Institute in India, to hear the standard advise - Go and do the survey first and learn
what and how they have done!
Who are these 'they's? Mostly from west - we look for science and technology. In
default 'they' project world class - the class that belongs neither to Indians
nor to their problems !
a Sunday Musing