In our times, all smart people tend to be concentrated in a few cities
NYC, SFO, London
(in India - Bombay, Blore, NCR)
The rest of the geography is denuded of talent
In the old world distribution of talented people was more even
Someone like Abe Lincoln was born not in NYC. Not in Boston. But in a village in Kentucky
Let's take great Indian personalities like - VS Srinivasa Sastri, Alladi Krishnaswami Aiyar - they were not from Madras.
But kids of village priests
But in the temple town of Kumbakonam
Today that's hardly the case. If you are not in the top 7-8 metros, it is quite likely your peer group won't be great
Where you are born matters a LOT more than ever before.
The barriers of economic geography are much steeper than even the old barriers of caste in my view
The talented people in the towns of the Gangetic plain are moving to Delhi, Bombay, Bangalore...
There are no major cities in UP, Bihar to migrate to and work in. Nowhere close to the same opportunities in NCR
Every other MNC wants to set up a back-office in Bangalore. In NCR.
Not in Kanpur. Or Patna
A vicious loop