We cannot afford another digital divide – FT.com

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Actually, Satya Nadella's selection as Microsoft CEO isn't great for Indians | Arun Gupta | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Actually, Satya Nadella’s selection as Microsoft CEO isn’t great for Indians | Arun Gupta | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

When Indians glow like a proud parent at a new CEO or billionaire, they reject millions who suffer for that wealth
Satya Nadella.

Satya Nadella. Photograph: Microsoft/Reuters

Growing up near Washington DC, in the 1970s, one of my few pop cultural references for an Indian was Johnny Quest’s Hadji: “a well-spoken … orphan who picked up his smarts on the streets of Calcutta.” It was embarassing, like the urine-drinking Indian prime minister, or the teacher who explained to my classmates that the reason I was tardy in returning from a trip to India was because I “may have gotten married” at the ripe age of 10.

Indians take pride when one of their own scales the pinnacles of western success – Pulitzer Prizes, Miss America, governorships and business titans – partly because they are prickly about being viewed as themonkey-brain-eating other. Individual success is proof of the nation’s collective intellect, work ethic and merit.

The selection of Satya Nadella as the new CEO of Microsoft is one such moment. Hyderabad-born, Indian-educated, cricket-lover, Nadella is pure Desi, bringing the essence of thousands of years of culture to cutting-edge technology. The reaction back home was ecstatic. TheHindustan Times crowed, “India raises toast as Satya Nadella named Microsoft top boss.” Infosys CEO Narayana Murthy declared, “This is how India’s brand will be enhanced.” One analyst touted Nadella as an example for all Indians to put aside their “caste, religion and regional” differences and “start helping one another”.