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Are Indians Brought Up Abroad Still Considered Better?

September 3, 2011

I remember my days as one of the few Indian students at Oxford quite fondly. For the most part, I had a great time. It was a completely new world for me, a world I was fascinated by and learned a lot from. And thanks to that education, I have lived a life of fulfillment and reward in the UK.

But there was one thing I noticed when I began working in London, around three decades ago. The Indians who had come to the UK to work were often regarded as ‘lesser’ individuals than us. And by us, I don’t just mean the locals in the UK, but even people like me who had received their education in the UK. Because somehow the perception at the time was that Indians, who had neither been brought up nor educated in the UK, were less capable or not as smart.

I found myself constantly comforting my few Indian colleagues. And it was not an easy period in my life. Especially since my Indian brethren viewed me as part of the ‘enemy camp’. Though I didn’t really blame them, I had to strike a careful balance between being friendly with the locals and supporting my fellow countrymen. But once they saw that I was just one of them, they opened up and told me about how they felt they were considered lesser than me only because I had an academic qualification.

But that was the situation in my time. Thankfully, the scenario has changed dramatically these days. My son’s friends, who work in the UK but have graduated in India from various renowned schools like the National Law School or one of the IIMs, feel they are at par with their British colleagues. And that makes me extremely happy. I realize that India’s own growth in global stature has contributed to this perception of people from there. But then, it is the people who have perpetuated the country’s rise, isn’t it?

Gone are the days when Indians who are brought up in India are considered lesser global citizens than anyone else. Today the best companies scout talent from India, and there are countless examples of people who have been born, brought up and educated in India doing exceedingly well in global corporations the world over.

It’s truly the age of India and the global Indian. And the best part is, it’s only the beginning!


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