“But when my husband asked if I wanted to move to America, I still said no. Some of my stereotypes about the country lingered: What about the gun culture? Surely, we didn’t want our daughter gunned down at school. And what about the big environmental footprint of America? I shuddered at the prospect of living in a large temperature-controlled house instead of a compact apartment and owning two cars instead of using energy-efficient public transport. Besides, I had no intention of spending all day cooking and cleaning in a country where domestic help was so unaffordable. Why give up such a comfortable life?“
(Or as I would put it: Americans are such arrogant unenlightened vulgarians! Also, why would I want to pay my low-caste
house-servants more than room and board?)
“…If I were to write an essay about India’s brain drain today, I would not argue against the best and brightest leaving the country. Instead, I would encourage them to contribute to India by sending remittances to family from abroad, to help boost India’s economy and social progress. When people expand their worldview, they enrich themselves and humanity as a whole. I started off as an Indian, but I have become a global citizen.”
Interesting piece. I’m sure of this, though: when your “best and brightest” flee a country, no amount of care packages home will make up for the intellectual and cultural impoverishment.