Recent racial attacks on Indian students in Australia has some good news. I heard in TV channels and read in newspapers that many students are withdrawing their plans to continue their studies in Melbourne, Sydney, or other cities of Australia; but the bad news is that instead, they are opting for a UK or US university now. Why is this bad news? Simply because according to them, India still has nothing good to offer!
I am not against those who go to foreign countries to pursue further studies or in search for a job. The reason why I have such perception about these guys is that they blame it back on Indian conditions for their going to such countries. Recently I read about one Manoj Rege, a 32-year-old media planner in Sydney and how he discussed about his experiences with racism in Australia as told to Mitali Parekh in The Mumbai Mirror. The guy’s Australian girl friend didn’t find it good enough to roam around him when some of her ‘Australian’ friends were around. The guy was nearly scared to death by a mob a couple of years back. His friend returned back home one day with a cut on his head – someone randomly thew a beer bottle at him. Why? Because the popular perception of Indians is as victims of poverty or passive, servile employees. Locals often call these so-called NRIs by names as rude as ‘filthy Indian’. But, surprisingly all of these still doesn’t piss off the ‘Indian’ inside Mr. Manoj Rege, who still prefers staying in Australia over India because of India’s corrupt politics, inter-caste/religion fighting, the inherent nepotism, the government’s lack of foresight to plan and develop infrastucture etc. etc.
The guy prefers to be kicked off in his pants by some stupid Australian teenagers than to stay back in India – why? Because the Indian government is not doing enough for infrastructure. Wow!
Can I tell you the real reason why these guys prefer to stay abroad? Because, they can not do anything better in India than they are doing abroad. They would prefer cleaning Australian houses by becoming a stupid house-keeper than to do a call center job back in India. It is a fact that if you’re good enough, you will get a good job back in India with a pay that will be enough to feed your entire family and not just you – still if you prefer to go to the US, the UK, Australia or some other country with dollar pay-outs. Nothing wrong – seriously, it’s a wise decision if you take it on your own but I call it a stupid, selfish and a god-damn decision if you reason it over poor conditions back in India. If you blame it back on Indian conditions, you should know that you were no good here and that is why you preferred to leave to settle somewhere else.
A matter of fact:
“Do not inhabit in a country where you are not respected, cannot earn your livelihood, have no friends, or cannot acquire knowledge” – Chanakya, Niti-Shastra 1.8