India has the largest youth population in the world, making a very huge market for books. But despite the numbers, there are not as many books by Indian sci-fi writers as compared to foreign writers in the international market. Let’s find out why.
1. Lack of resources
India is a developing country and the majority of its population depends upon agriculture. A family is considered well to do in India if they can easily feed themselves, clothe themselves, possess one motorcycle or scooter and have a bank balance of ₹10,000 at any possible moment. A PC is considered to be a luxury for 80% of the Indian population, and a smartphone for 60%. So their access to any information is limited. Only writers from richer families can afford writing any kind of book.
2. Need of survival
The most important thing in an average Indian’s life is to somehow get a safe and steady job. Family comes next, then children, then friends and then if they have some time left, it is used to plan for the next day. Money matters a lot. If you don’t have a job paying more than enough, you can simply forget about your dreams and hobbies.
3. Lack of education
Indian education system teaches only one thing. “How to get a job”. There is no inclination towards any kind of creativity or innovation. Also, most of the people who have time to read are unaware of science fiction. Most graduates in India are from Arts in Hindi medium. It restricts the no. of readers as well as writers.
4. No future
In India, there are 10,000 people trying to compete for a single chance in any area of creativity. You have to be the best to have a chance of getting a book published. If you are the second best, no one even knows you. Lot of talented writers don’t even attempt to go professional for this very reason. A lot of talent is lost.
5. Lack of encouragement
People consider you a laughing stock if you are a writer. There is no respect for you unless you are the best. On top of it, people also try to jeopardize your efforts to be good because either they are jealous or they want to drag you to the “right track” and away from the “crazy” stuff.
On top of it, most of the Indian population is not educated enough to understand science fiction. They only like to read what they see before them. The concept of science fiction is still alien to them.
On the whole, the problems for science fiction in India are education, money and resources.