DO YOU REALLY LOVE LIVING IN AMERICA O #HINDUS ? Whenever you ask an American Hindu – at least the elder ones

– 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


5 responses to “DO YOU REALLY LOVE LIVING IN AMERICA O #HINDUS ? Whenever you ask an American Hindu – at least the elder ones

  1. By aping the west in every walk of life, we Indians have made life miserable in India. Take IT for example, life in the US in IT is much more relaxed than working for IT services company in India, especially in leadership positions. There is so much politics, cut throat competition, unrealistic expectations, so much pressure in these jobs. Leave alone the “pleasures” of commuting in the cities in India. Add to this corruption, rowdy politicians, lack of infrastructure, etc, etc. So even if someone wishes to come back to India from US in the IT industry (which the biggest crowd), they would hesitate. Returning to India is not just returning to the corporate world in India. It should be returning to India to get back to the roots – go back to your native town or village and lead a dharmic life where you are not chasing money for ever. Unless Indians in India first take this step of slowing down, leaving the madness of cities, it is quite difficult to convince Indians in America to return. And we have seen often, when Indian Americans return, it is a matter of few years before they go back to the US and vow never to return to India!

  2. Hitesh Patel

    Mr. Gautier: Your articles have always made a lot of sense to me. I highly respect your unbiased perspective and draw inspiration from.

    I am a Toronto based IT Pro and unfortunately had to migrate from India 15 years ago to bolster my personal financial independence. But, I have strictly ensured thus far that I don’t get disconnected with my roots. I made all possible and honest efforts to preserve the values and the great culture that I have inherited from my roots. I have also ensured that me, my kids and my other family members take pride in our origin, language, religion, rituals, Indian politics and what not.

    Even after 15 years of life in Canada, I badly miss India and dreamed of getting back to roots at some point. I understand that it would be a great challenge to return and getting merged into IT workforce back home.

    I believe that Indian corporate work environment and work ethics needs a complete overhaul. The biggest hurdle in getting things done our corrupt and opportunist top brass, which include Politicians, Academicians, Media, Business Tycoons and many other crooks.

    Mr. Modi’s arrival at PMO has injected a new hope after the congress doom and people including me are very exited with the quick and solid developments happened since May 2014, and waiting ruthlessly for more.

    A Hardcore Indian….

  3. Ashok Sharma

    Corruption dust debris honking by mam and motor

  4. There is also a difference in NRIs who are from the dharmic faith and those who are from the Abrahamic faith. Here is one example of a Muslim NRI. Note the prejudicial way she describes Hindus and Modi from the start, and shows misogynistic orientalist stereotypes of India. She thereby links Hindus with violence both nationalistic and violence and rape against women. While the organization she volunteers for is run by another Muslim woman. And only at the very end does she refer to herself as a Muslim. Clear negative depiction of Hindu men as violent in a variety of ways, while only showing Muslim women fighting the violence.

  5. It is time to correct Mr Gautier and his uninformed views.

    People in America don’t reach home so late and tired as one does in most big metros/moderate cities in India. One does not have to drive 40 miles to buy a ‘bottle’ of milk. A correction – it is normally ½ gallon paper cartons or gallon jars. There are 3 grocery stores in 2 mile radius of where I live and this is not unique – most metro areas where the typical ‘desi’ congregate are afforded these luxuries. Unless you live in the wilderness of Montana or Wyoming, I can’t relate to the fairy tale narrated. Yes cost of living is high – no higher than the 7% inflation in India. People pay taxes and do not cheat their government. People have mortgages and the rates are a pittance compared to the high ‘EMI’ that a modern Indian pays buying a house or a car. Yes, squares and public places in America are planned and executed well – unlike the cities in India where anything goes and the endless modifications are the norm; apartments constructed with little thought to traffic or waste removal. Have you traveled in Bangalore recently?

    And now let’s come the “Indian Christians”. A good friend, a devout Christian and proud Indian who came to US not too long after my arrival – went back to India with his family, after being in US for 20 years, giving up a privileged position at his work, to “care for his aging parents”. Another good friend who too happens to be a Christian – his parents went back to India “for good” after long career in teacher in US. No Indian story is complete without our established pramana of three’s (thraygunya). A colleague of my father, a Christian man emigrated to the US some 40+ years ago. He is more of an authority of the Bhagavad Gita and the Puranas. He did not have to give up his faith or wear his love of India on his sleeves but had the solid understanding of the word “vasudeva kutumbakam”.

    Yes there are many Indians and their children who do not have an appreciation of their roots. On the contrary, there are also Indians of all faiths who take great pride and do not make it a point to advertise their love of the nation by some token acts. In my regular visits to India, it has not missed my attention that many a young Indian has this obsessive love of “foreign” and a shallow understanding of what India stands for. They are so easily swayed by the material goods that foreigners come with and crave for the latest and inquire about the cars we drive, vacations we take and brand of clothes we wear. While our children may not wear “traditional” clothes or participate in the obligatory “namaste” or contrived respect, they are not hypocrites.

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