Its the return of the NRI. Only this time, NRI stands for Non-Respected Indian.
Its all over the news. Racism against residing Indians in Australia. Racism here. Riots there.
NRIs, Non-Resident Indians, as they should correctly be called are becoming the scapegoat species.
Back in India, we are the Non-Returning Indians, the Non-Reliable Indians. We cannot voice our concerns to the ones living back in India because obviously we ‘don’t know how it feels’ since we don’t live there. We cannot critique something about India or else we will be branded and be told stuff such as, “Oh firangi already! Arey, this is India. This is how we work.” And it gets worse. We even get told that people who do not live in the country should not say anything about the country.
In our adopted countries, we are just (sometimes, maybe more now given the economic times) seen as the Non-Required Indians. Initially, it was being seen as conservatives to now being called job-stealers.
Sometimes it does give an overall feeling that we do not belong anywhere. Living in Canada and interacting with so many other nationalities, I’ve realized that this feeling is not limited to the Indian diaspora. Other nationalities too feel similarly and it is obviously not categorized in the way the NRIs are subjected but in their own issues.
The fact of the matter is what is it that the NRIs don’t do for their homeland as well as their adopted country. Be it helping their homeland monetarily or serving the adopted country through businesses, we do our part. Even then, we are still treated as we do not belong.
What can we do to change that? Should we do something to change that? These are open questions.
Will the near future change all this? Will NRI stand for Now-Required Indians? New Resplendent Indians?
There are too many people, and too few human beings. ~Robert Zend