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Akshar Patel, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Innovation becomes buzzword around the word. Analyzing the history and current scenario, developed countries insist and encourage innovations than the rest. India is a developing country which gave zero to the world and this innovation-zero helped world to innovate range of things. But what happened to India after innovating zero? What happened to us that we are ready to accept innovations happened outside India but questioning innovative products made by our own Indians? Do we not only reject our project but also hinder further innovations. Freedom 251 is not an exception to this.
Freedom 251, world’s cheapest smartphone worth Rs 251, has been innovated by Ringing Bells-an Indian organization. Company includes all the features like 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage expanded up to 32GB, 3.2-megapixel primary camera, 0.3-megapixel secondary camera. Currently these features have been included in mobile worth Rs 6-10K.
So, what is wrong with this smartphone? It might be justified by providing numerous arguments. It could be its low cost which will be a problem for well-established smartphone manufacturers to maintain their market share. It could be our desires to appreciate innovations made outside India. It could be suspicious nature of human to question on small organizations innovation as it is the case with Ringing Bells’s Freedom 251. These are the justifications for our suspicion for Freedom 251. But where are the real answers or solutions to the problems like deficiency of power, water and basic medical facilities. Can suppressing Freedom 251, in its early phase, by questioning company’s motive help us to innovate for problems like deficiency of power, water and basic medical facilities? So real answer lies in questioning ourselves: “Is Freedom 251 a treachery by Ringing Bells, smartphone manufactures or our own suspicious nature?”
And finally, “Can’t we give 3-4 months to Ringing Bells to come up with physical handset whereas we use to give years to our judicial system to come up with final verdict?”, “Can’t we trust Ringing Bells for just Rs 251 whereas we use to spend at least 251 for palm-reading?”, “Can’t we accept Freedom 251 without ‘Cash On Delivery’ option where we use to accept astrologers without on time deliverables?”. By giving answers to these questions, India will not only provide solution for its inherent problems but also lead from the front to provide solution of world’s recent problems like global warming.