“IITians Have No Genuine Love For India; They Are Selfish” : Justice Markandey Katju

Justice Markandey Katju, in his usual controversial style has said that IITians are selfish, have no genuine love for India. (emphasis is ours).


Most of you IIT students have no genuine love for the country. You are utterly selfish, with no patriotism or idealism. All you want is to migrate to America ( and most of you manage to do that ), usually by first going for an M.Tech. degree there ( for which you get scholarship ), and then settling down there and enjoying a comfortable life– and to hell with India.

Markandey Katju
Justice Markandey Katju [Image courtesy: wikipedia]
Your education in IIT is largely subsidized by the Indian taxpayer. But after we Indians pay for your education, you are taken away by America ( or Europe) who benefit from your technical knowledge, which was imparted by us.

Higher education is very expensive in the West. So at a small fraction of the cost of educating you in their own country, the Westerners take away our best brains. That is no doubt a considerable saving for them, though no doubt at our expense.

And after settling down in America, you will become NRIs – supercilious know-alls, who will give lectures to Indians about what is good for them and what is not. “.


What’s your take on his statement? For sure, he is making a point worth debating and well, fixing.

A lot of IITians are coming back and starting up – but then, that’s a small fraction and maybe, it’s time for us to stop chest thumping when an IITian/Indian becomes the CEO of Google/Microsoft and look within and ask : how do we fix all this?