Here is the official definition of NRI on Wikipedia:
A non-resident Indian (NRI) is an Indian citizen who has migrated to another country, a person of Indian origin who is born outside India, or a person of Indian origin who resides outside India. Other terms with the same meaning are overseas Indian and expatriate Indian. In common usage, this often includes Indian born individuals (and also people of other nations with Indian blood) who have taken the citizenship of other countries.
There is a huge list of NRIs who made it big after leaving India. The list includes businessmen, CEOs, artists, authors, politicians.
Whenever someone who has an Indian name or Indian Origin makes it big in the West, Indian Media goes ga-ga over them. Suddenly they are famous in India. Media goes crazy and interviews everyone including their childhood friends (who are in India), school teachers, neighbours, pets – everyone. Indian government then goes on to give them the best awards possible. We all watch it on television, discuss and forget. Some of us feel we’re doing absolutely great and indirectly tell our next generation to leave the mess here (in India) and make it big in the west.
Even if I try, I don’t feel proud whenever any NRI makes it big. I don’t understand why should Indians be proud of achievements of the NRIs.
Then, there are NRIs who come back to India after making it big in life. But the number is still abysmally low (correct me here, if I’m wrong). I’m not even proud of old folks who spend their lifetime out of India and then come back to India because they miss the ‘soil’ here.
My real hope lies in young Indians who stay in India against all odds and try to succeed. I am proud of Tata, Bharti and Ambanis who stayed in India and made it big; created employment here, generated wealth here and are now conquering the outer world.
What’s your take?
–The Big K–