Why Indian technology companies are not innovating?

This is a million dollar question I have in my mind for a long time. We are good in enhancing, fixing, maintaining and supporting a product. Apart from that I haven't seen any great innovation happening in the technology space.

I expressed my frustration to one of my mentors and he replied 'Western companies don't want Indians to innovate. All they want is to get the work done at cheap cost by paying for engineering bodies'. He also added that the local management in majority of the MNCs are clueless about innovation, because they are not expected to do it. Whatever effort an individual makes at the bottom of the hierarchy will eventually end up in vain.

This morning I came across a very interesting quote from Atul Chitnis's blog, which made my day: Here it goes:

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it."
--Upton Sinclair

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