How very Indian are the Indian born

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The maaya loka called US. Most of us dream day and night to go there. And give red carpet welcome to people who come from there. Be it an Indian returning or an American touring we look at them like God Himself. The proud father showing off his son/daughter skyping from there and prouder friends when their known someone achieves something in US! What is it that we are so proud of Indian Americans? Why do we want to defend anyone who is Indian born American? Why is it we go gaga about anything we remotely hear of Indian doing in foreign land!

 

 
Satya Nadella – Indian American business executive, engineer and the current CEO of Microsoft.
Pichai Sundararajan – Indian American senior vice president at Google.
Nina Davuluri – Indian American to be chosen as Miss America.
Snigdha Nandipati 14-year-old Indian-American wins National Spelling bee. 
S.R. Srinivasa Varadhan FRS – Indian American mathematician.
Indra Nooyi – Indian-American business executive and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo.
Srikanth “Sri” Srinivasan – Indian American United States Circuit Judge.
Vivek Kundra – Indian American administrator, served as the first CIO of the United States.
And cherry on cake, Suvir Mirchandani – 14-year-old Indian-origin boy has come up with a unique plan that could help the U.S. save nearly $400 million a year by merely changing the font!!!


The Indian American tag after the names are pulled out of wiki! I am not sure how much they are willing to add such tags but all over net they have it! We cheered and triumphed when each one of these reached the top. Or just by hearing an Indian standing next to an American we rejoice. The moment we hear something like Indian name in the English dailies we start to proudly share it! But,

 

“Have we thought about whether they feel proud to associate themselves with India?” 
 
I happened to meet a friend of friend on their yearly visit to India. Their child was now six year old and brought up in USA, she was not ‘used’ to India. She instantly caught an allergy. Had to lay paper around toilet to make it dry. At home she was given mineral water and was served non spicy food! The kid was not ready to mingle with we aunties! I was afraid if I shake hands with her, she might ask her mother to apply hand sanitizer right there. She disliked almost everything; dirty roads, cows, constantly pinching her cheek grandpa, oily brinjal fry, none she liked! They cut short the trip to prevent her from getting further allergies. Now imagine this Indian American girl growing up and turning into CEO of a company. What is the impression she has developed about India or Indians? Now what do we have to be proud about someone who might be feeling grateful for leaving India?
 

 

We had assembled for an all hands in an IT company and in walked the board members of the company, a visit they do to the company once in a while. Needless to say the board members were a mix of people from different countries. The first to hold the mike was an Indian, rather Indian American, “Hey guys, hot day huh!” The crowd cheered with a yeahh (Geez crowd too got the accent just by the presence of an American man!). “You see this is my second visit to India.” Ooooo went the crowd! “First, when I was this little.” he bent down to show little boy’s height. The crowd cheered, laughed and some even clapped! Rest of the all hands went over my head as I was lost with what were these people clapping for! Were they feeling happy for him that he did not grow up in India? Or were they happy that he left India and hence he became a board member. He spoke of ‘thinking’ of expanding India operations! And the crowd again cheered! Why? Did they think he is showing gratitude for being born in India and hence expanding operations? Or did these people think, ‘it was the Indian origin guy in the board who pushed to expand India operations!’ Phew.. 

 

These are people who moved to US because they did not want to be here! They felt their achievements will be rewarded elsewhere. They moved out hunting for a better life. And we feel proud and say our nation is proud to have such people!! It is more of a slap on our face as, ‘hey I remained unnoticed there but look at me now.” Are we proud about more and more talent getting drained out of India? The foreign land is the one that recognized them and they will always be faithful to this adopted land of theirs! US does know Indians are smart people and to attract more talent, they will continue to bring them to the spotlight, to make the Indians over there to feel at home! Anytime when news about them is out, have you noticed the comments on twitter! So much racism and hatredness from the foreign country pours in on them! Yet they work for that foreign country not for us! There is absolutely no reason for us to feel proud. While the Indian Americans had at least one or two of their childhood years here, the Indian origins? They will not even be able to relate themselves with the country.

 

The angst I have is because we and the media do not feel proud about achievers from our mother land! We do not create so much hype about them. Did we know,
 
Arunachalam Muruganantham – Man behind the low cost sanitary napkin production. He made into 100 most influential people in the world yesterday and hardly any news about it!
Vijay Bhatkar – who led the development of super computers in India.
M.S. Swaminathan – Indian father of Green Revolution
Hridayeshwar Singh Bhati – we talk so much about spell bee kids, just google for this kid! Inventor of six player variant of chess.
Kautilya Pandit – another child prodigy who can remember almost everything and is believed to have IQ of around 130 which is rare for his age.
K. Ahmed Khan – Indian scientist and business man who churned plastic for green roads
P.Alagesan and Sakthivel – for their organic manure innovations at affordable ways..
Sivaraj Muthuraman – founder and CEO of eco free cabs..
Anil.K.Gupta – who strives to find out local innovators in remote villages and ensure they get property rights for their invention..
And countless are the soldiers, army men, navy men who are loosing their lives for us.
 

 

Most of us do not know who these are nor know their faces or story. Try googling for Indian American or Indian origin, you get humongous amount of data, about them, their proud origin and achievements and loads of information in Wikipedia. Try finding about Indian innovators! It is not that there are none. We do not appreciate them. There are much more people right here for us to feel proud about.. Who are making our nation prouder every day! First let’s feel proud to be an Indian and appreciate Indian achievers. Then we can talk about Indian origins and Indian Americans. If at all you want to laud them, laud them for their achievement not because their parents are from India.

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2 comments on “How very Indian are the Indian born
  1. srinivas says:

    Interesting view of PIO's. Can our country really provide infrastructure for R&D and job with a significant remuneration and regonisition considering the political barriers and big fat redtapism?

  2. Chitra M says:

    More than what our country can provide, it is the attitude of Indians that needs a change. We feel proud about anything that is remotely done. Whereas we hardly acknowledge it or feel proud of it, if such a thing happens next door. Recognition and appreciation are the main driving force than money..

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