|The bottom engined Tata Nano spacious family car ..|
|The rear engined VW Beetle, German design ..|
Given India's superiority globally in low-cost high-value innovation, be it in high technology like space exploration, inter planetary expeditions or 100% energy neutral solar powered high risk applications like international airports and the like, Indian ingenuity and innovation is undisputed ! Be it in building the fastest cruise missiles of the world, traveling at 3 times the speed of the nearest competitor or being advanced over the rest of the world by almost 50 years in the Thorium route of nuclear fission technology, or in having the most advanced meteorological satellites, it is high time we climbed down from high-tech areas to low-tech areas like automobile manufacturing and ship building where less developed countries like Japan, Germany and South Korea are dominating...
When an innovative idea in automobiles (SUVs included) is introduced in the Indian market, it is our responsibility to promote it and see that it succeeds. World over, it is safety in the low technology automobiles which is the cause of greatest concern. It is okay if the person is ignorant and unaware of the development in the country. They are the people who are not bothered about the country anyway. The fact is even the educated, scoff at Indian indigenous developments ..
It is a challenge to all self-claimed nationalistic and patriotic political parties, instead of gunning for other communities and power, gun for this objective that will take the country forward many aeons over other countries. The call is not to boycott foreign cars completely, but promote them to a lesser extent, learn from their experiences and failures and promote Indian cars in the long run. Only by bringing newer and advanced designs in the Indian market can Indian automotive companies innovate, grow, advance and give leadership to the rest of the world.
Hope the present day political leaders try to match up to Nehru's vision and dynamism in promoting indigenisation efforts in our country ..