20 January, 2021

Balram Singh Saini & Prem Singh

Pasiala, Haryana

Balram Singh Saini & Prem Singh

As a billion ideas whiz past through his neurons, Prem Singh Saini is hard at work trying to reshape the future. Across his street two buffaloes sit languidly and stare, almost in wonder at the next great idea that is likely to pop into Saini’s head.

With over a hundred innovations to his credit, including over 30 which have found acceptance from the National Innovation Foundation, one would expect Saini to be crackling with energy. Instead, a man on the edge of frustration sits in his house looking at a pile of letters that are vague in encouragement and firm on denial.

In Pasiala village near Ambala, the Saini brothers are well known. Younger brother Balram, also an innovator, switched to politics after a similar disillusionment with the Indian scientific community’s bureaucratic alleys. Two years ago, Prem Singh was rubbing shoulders with the likes of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and CSIR director general R.A. Mashelkar on the Mughal Garden lawns. Prem Singh’s latest innovation—a water pump that is operated through a GSM mobile phone—was...



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