Okay I think I need to answer this. I have one thing to say, that the one who told you that people in India don't follow their passion has got some wrong information or he misguided you.
You will find almost all of the upsc Aspirants on quora, most of them are passionate about serving their nation, most of them are passionate about this job hence left their job and aspiring for their passion to be a civil servant…. There are many such examples who have succeeded in it the recent example is Anu kumari who has got 2nd rank in UPSC, Roman Saini who left his job to follow his passion of teaching, Awdesh singh who took voluntary retirement for following his passion of writing and their are many such examples.
So yes, people from India do take risks to follow their passion,but you might not be aware of it...