Non-Resident Indians are those Indians, as is obvious by the name who are Indians by birth but, they have taken residence in a foreign country – and settled outside India.
This group of Indians is a very great asset to their own country, in spite of residing out of it. It is this large section of the Indian people who earn crores and crores of foreign exchange for the country.
With their earnings in foreign lands, India can very coolly boast of a swelling treasury a treasury full of foreign currencies. Besides this financial aspect of the NRIs’ contributions in normal times, we find this community of affluent Indians very magnanimous in times of emergency back home in India.
For instance, whenever a natural calamity strikes India this group of loyal Indians come to our financial aid. They contribute huge sums in reconstructing destroyed areas a new.
The financial aspect is of course rather rosy but, that is not all they present to India. Wherever they go, in whatever capacity they go out of India almost all of them bring name to the Indian brain.
They do well in whatever field they catch on to and bring laurels to India, so much so that today, the Indian brain is supposed to be one of the best brains of the world. In this aspect of their contribution to India there is another way of looking at it.
Some people argue that, when Indians can be so very brilliant why don’t they work for India, and use their brain power to enhance the fortunes of their motherland? It is argued that, if these best brains of the country work for India as well as they work for foreign lands, India would progress more and faster.
This sounds quite reasonable and sound that, the brain drain from India drains all the good brains out of India, leaving the mediocre to work for India. Yes it sounds quite correct but when that brain sends back home to his country his earnings it is all for the country’s development.
This would mean that, indirectly though, he is serving his own country. The brain drain is duly compensated by his financial back up support to India.
Let us analyse how and why this community of NRIs has grown? The youth of the country naturally look for greener pastures after their studies are over – and so, as soon as they can fly off to these places beyond home they go away. Once an individual goes out and settles abroad – his entire circle of relations and friends tend to join him. This is how the numbers outside the country keep increasing.
The next question that now arises in our minds is that, why do people prefer to go out rather than be at home? The reasons are not far to seek. In India for one, there is no work culture and so, those who genuinely want to do some real work and do something substantial, find it impossible to grow here in India.
For this one single but very important reason, the cream of the youth of the country find place for themselves in any foreign land. In those lands, work is a pleasure and for those who like to work, those outside places are natural havens.
Besides the pleasure, outside India work is also extremely rewarding both financially and morally. A good job done will always be appreciated so, natural as it is, we love to work there. With these points in mind, most of our brilliant Indian youth prefer to go out of India and this is how this community of NRIs has grown to a huge size.
If we genuinely wish to stop this exodus from the country, we have to mend our ways to say the least. We have to create a working environment that is wholesome and then also pay them as well as they are paid outside India. If we do this we may be able to hold on to our brilliant and promising young.