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India the superpower … not

Came across this hard hitting article on India’s current economic state. I receive a mail forward almost every week from all the tops and dicks and Harry’s on why India is a super power; they talk about the IT sector and the growth of the middle class and the rise of consumerism and a lot of other such external polishes which only is true for the minuscule portion of the population. It’s true when Maybach came out with the world’s richest car it was prebooked for two years in India but it does not speak well of the fact that for every such maybach buyer there were a million looking for their next meal.

So of my friends might take offense to this article and may even go so far as to call it a western attempt to diminish (sic) India’s image. But the fact remains that reality bites. There is no point in blowing the trumpet that Indian Americans are the richest ethnic group in America why the rest of the population back home is beset with poverty and corruption.


Green Card!!!

No not green bucks!! Just a card, which states that you can have the rights that you pay your taxes for. Ask any Indian (For that matter any other national on worker’s visa) in the US and he would be a subject matter on this, even somebody like me who will violently defend his plan to go back “home”.

And before I continue, yes I have applied for green card. Now that the full disclosure is done …

The reason for this post was a lunch discussion that I had with a few colleagues of mine on the merits of going back to India versus settling down in the US. And boy was there a wide gorge in our opinions. But the general consensus was that, it is a very personal choice that every individual has to make depending on his or her situation.

The thought process that went into deciding on staying in the US was led by the charge that India is woefully lagging in the technological advancement compared to the US. You just can’t get an iPOD as easily in India was a favorite refrain. Add to that the noise and other sorts of pollution and corruption … its a pretty dirty list, explained by a single phrase “standard of living”.

On the other hand for people like me its the people that make all the difference. And in that I don’t mean that people are better anywhere, its just that blood is pretty thick for me. That and plus I don’t have to cook, clean or wash … ever!

There is a third group of people who complain that they would go back if things got better. In sense the corruption, poverty and pollution went down and the standard of living went up. The catch in this line of reasoning is that there is nobody to take a lead to make a change. This is like asking someone to bear the pain so you can enjoy the fruit. Not that it’s wrong in a capitalistic environment but doesn’t it sound hollow when you act concerned but don’t do anything about it. The road to hell is paved with good intentions

“The quickest way to a green card is marriage”

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