A recent conversation with one of my best friends put the idea of this piece in my head.
“Hey bro, how are you doing?”
“I am doing good, thanks – how are you?”
“I am good but do you know about XXXXX, he is in the US man, he has achieved it!”
There are many things that make our fellow Indians stand out in today’s world in our country, but none of those achievements is really close to being proud other than moving out of India and settling in the US.
Why, I would like to question, are we so much bent on the prospect of leaving our beloved motherland behind and settling in a foreign land that is prone to racism and differentiation based on our skin color? Okay, so the world has progressed considerably and we have begun to expand our mindsets, but picture this – if a person born and brought up in the US sees a lot of people who are coming and living with him whose appearance is very different from their own, would he or she not see them as foreigners who have claimed a piece of their own land as their own? Even if their mindset is not so progressive, their first instinct is to think ‘This person is very different from me, maybe he is not from here’.
With such a thought coming into the heads of more and more people, will they not see that we are filling the shoes of positions that they themselves could have been in? It is another matter that they may not be as qualified as we are for that job, but still, we have traveled from so far and taken a job that should have been theirs.
Leave that all aside, let us think one basic thing. Everyone likes to go out of India and settle in countries abroad, preferably the US, so they can earn in a currency that is valued much more than our own rupee. But if everyone starts following suit, how will the rupee ever come up? We are anyways working for companies that are headquartered in countries other than India, most of us, and on top of that we wear foreign brands and are more attracted to buying cars of a foreign brand rather than an indigenous one. Will that not impact the power of the Rupee versus other global currencies? And then we say that we are moving out simply because the Rupee does not enjoy that power. Aren’t we ourselves not responsible for not pushing the Rupee enough in the first place?
Recently the trend is going in a direction that no matter what a person does in the US, just the fact that they have moved there and are living there qualifies them to be given an achievement that tops anything else. The discontent and disgust about our own motherland, partially pumped up with superfluous news and rumors and also because of half knowledge about most of the things, has increased to such an extent that people are losing hope of any positive changes that may happen if we chose to stay and participate actively in shaping this country’s future at all. I am not against people moving out of India or settling in the US, but all I wish to convey is that instead of always thinking of moving out for further studies or for better employment, we also can think of opportunities that we can create and pursue here in our own motherland.
No matter how much inclined we may be towards living like foreigners do, we must strive not to forget our roots and where we have come from, given the fact that it is indeed a long way but we still have much further to go. And to do so, we need all our heads and hands available on deck and ready to work together, hand in hand, putting aside all our differences and seeing all of us as citizens of a young and glorious nation.
Let’s not make our country so bad, that moving out of here is seen as an achievement.