PM Modi in Silicon Valley

Oh what a circus, oh what a show. Silicon Valley NRIs have gone to town. Over the visit of the Indian PM Narendra Modi.

Thousands have gathered in the SAP Center in San Jose, CA, to hear the great man speak. A lot of self-congratulatory speeches will be made, and the successes of NRIs in the US recounted. There is only one truth that will not be mentioned: that all these NRIs are in the US because they voted with their feet. They voted with their feet and came to the US because of what India is. This fact should actually shame Indians and its leaders. But instead they are oblivious to its implications. And it will be a cold day in hell when Indian leaders will ask themselves, these questions: “Why is it that so many hundreds of thousands of Indians vote with their feet? Why do they create wealth for themselves and for those foreign lands instead of creating wealth in India? Could it be because in India the government of India has put massive barriers to the creation of wealth?”

Dear PM Modi, when the circus is over, when the performers have done their song and dance, when the photos have been taken, when the NRIs have all patted themselves on a great event they made possible, do ponder the simple question of why are there so many NRIs? Because there is another phrase that describes these NRIs — economic refugees and economic migrants. When will India be such a place that there will be very few NRIs to welcome Indian politicians in foreign countries?

I don’t mean to rain on the parade but those questions need some attention if not a response.

I remain an NRI supporter of yours,

2 thoughts on “PM Modi in Silicon Valley

  1. 0. Umm… Am not sure if writing open letters to (a) PM is going help. It may or may not help the true cause (of seeing a richer, better, India). Of course, writing letters may perhaps go towards helping one in unloading the uneasiness of his conscience. But actual help? to India? I am not sure… The outcome wouldn’t be certain this way; it would be probabilistic (with pretty low probability of success).

    … In contrast, the one (tried-and-true) course of action which is definitely going to help, is the following three-step action program.

    1. Win a few influential friends at the World Bank, and influence these people in such a way that they end up granting very, very large amounts of dollars in loans to India. It doesn’t matter what the projects are like, though you are likely to succeed for “development” oriented programs like gay rights, women’s issues, food security, job security, medicine security, marriage security (via state-controlled female-male ratio), birth control, etc.

    2. If you thought the first part was easy, well, just look at the second part; it’s even easier! In fact, it is almost a cake-walk as compared to the first part. The action here is:

    Win a few friends in New Delhi, and arrange for the outcome that New Delhi somehow defaults on the repayments of the World Bank loans, and indeed hovers near, say, foreign reserves bankruptcy. (To ensure expeditious execution of the plan, if necessary, ensure that Raoul or Mamta becomes the PM. (Raoul will be faster.))

    3. Now that the hard work is all over, relax, and just wait and watch.

    India is bound to go on some definite way to being better and richer country within a span of just a few years.

    4, I am certain that this three-step program will work more effectively (and with far more chances of success) than anything else you could ever think of. … Look, I agree that the plan looks dismal. But, hey, it works! Esp. for India!!



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