An example of gaps in Indian tech evolution
There are several instances epitomizing the lack of continuity in product evolution in India.
Need based innovation is always progressive. A small tweak here and there to refine the product to suit the needs of its users. This trail of evolution does not always make the predecessor redundant. So product evolution is more of a branching than a linear progression, where each node of the branch is still relevant and can always be resurrected.
Interestingly these nodes also give birth to totally unrelated technological solutions, which themselves evolve individually, yet mystically pinging back on its source and correcting course to keep the entire ecosystem relevant,
But gaps or leapfrogging in technology denies us access to these nodes,
I have always argued that the absolute lack of need based innovation in India and the non availability of these nodes has caused irreparable damage. But there are those who refuse to accept our historical inability to innovate. These are the people who fail to see the incongruity of such a selective and disjointed adoption of technology and the ludicrous image it portrays to the astute observer.
To all such disbelievers:
India had blindly adopted the practice of marking an ambulance like this
long before we adopted functional rear view mirrors in our cars, trucks, buses and 2 wheelers.
Who, but a country which copies others solutions without understanding the need which necessitated the innovation can do this?
PS. For the younger gen. Till about 10 years ago, all Indian buses and trucks sported a 4″ circular convex mirror which was made for 2 wheelers. These were “fixed” (minimal adjustment) in such a way that the driver had to lean forward or sideways in his seat if he wanted to watch his back. It was only when the new breed of vehicles came to India, that we gradually migrated to the present large mirrors even though the older heavy vehicles still sport the round mirrors.
But these heavy vehicles are yet to incorporate the remote adjustment facility which is common in most cars today.