– whether he or she is happy living in the United States, there is always a pause, a hesitation, before some answer comes out – and often it is a weak explanation.
The tragedy is that though these elder Hindus are not always happy in the USA, their children get totally Americanised and will never come back to India, the greatest brain drain in the history of mankind.
This greatness of living in America is just a mirage, an obsession of Indians, which is a remnant of colonization, a craving for the White and an inferiority complex that finds everything bad in India and all good in the USA.
But is life in the USA that good? Traveling by plane there has become a nightmare: security is so drastic at airports that it is touching the inhuman and you have to count at least two hours hassle for a domestic flight. No doubt Americans are hard workers, but that means that by 7AM highways are clogged and that most people take their breakfast in their cars or on the go. The same is true of lunch and though dinner is more relaxed, many people reach home late and are exhausted. The amount of energy wasted in the USA is enormous: everything is decentralized and even if you need to buy a bottle of milk, you have to take your car and drive 40 miles. The cost of living in the USA is also exorbitant and buying a house binds you to mortgages for decades. True, America is beautiful, but what you mostly see in urban areas are endless squares of CVS pharmacies, Mac Donalds, Superstores and restaurants.
It is understandable that Indian Christians may want to shift to a Christian country, or Muslims, merge in the American way of life. But Hindus? We see that Chinese in the States are totally Americanised today. Yet, they retain the pride of being Chinese and many American Chinese reinvest some of their wealth in mainland China and sometimes even resettle then. But Hindus very rarely come back to India, even the elder HSS/RSS/VIP members settled there. Their kids have no roots and no pride in being Indian and merge in the American way of life, where children shoot other children and out of five couples, three divorce within five years of being married. This brain drain and thoughtless merger of the Hindu identity in the American way of life is a loss both to India and to the United States. F