Why I resent Indian immigrants who publicly criticise India

There are a lot of people I know who have spent the better part of their life in India.  But when they immigrate their first reaction is to denigrate India, just because of their new found home in another country.

Somehow  I find it distasteful.  It offends my sense of nationalism and patriotic pride.

After all, this is the country you were born in, where generations and generations of your family were looked after.  So why the sudden hate?  Why the sudden criticism about everything?  Most Indians know what is wrong with their country.  And they are doing all they can to make it better. After all, it is all a matter of history.  If we had not been continuously looted for centuries by foreign powers there is no knowing where India might have been?

One peson who I know, called India a ‘shithole’ country on Facebook. Really?  How come you lived in this shithole for a good 50 years?  Of course, the person in question was only quoting a Trumpism.  But imagine living in a country that calls other countries shitholes.  When PEW conducted research on this subject they took two statements which come close to people’s views, even if neither is exactly right: “The growing number of newcomers from other countries threatens traditional American customs and values”; or “the growing number of newcomers from other countries strengthens American society.”  The responses were evenly divided.  If one were to take this as a universal insight for all countries it means that half the people in the country you migrate to are likely to resent your entry into their country.

Another person I know is constantly making comparisons on how India rates with other countries on parameters like a ) Respect to women b ) Traffic conditions c ) Cleanliness of public places d ) Levels of Corruption

The interesting question is why does the recent Indian immigrant develop Xenophobia against his own country in such a short time?

I have no answer for that but obviously, they are psychological aberrations because most migrants love their own country even after they migrate. This then becomes a powerful influence to promote bilateral trade which helps both the country of origin and the country of adoption.  India has made it easy for Indian immigrants to return to their own country whenever they want to by issuing PIO cards and OCI cards.

Atanu Dey in his blog on immigration says ” The sense of who we are is of tribal origin. We are nothing if not members of the tribe that nourished us in our childhood. We love the language we learned from our mother, the food that we grew up eating, the religion we were brought up in. Much like the DNA in every cell of our bodies which carry the legacy of all of our ancestors, our souls carry the imprint of our origins. Ineradicable and strong, they define us and our identities.”  He then goes on to quote the famous Scottish poet Sir Walter Scott, in his poem The Lay of the Last Minstrel.

Breathes there the man with soul so dead
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne’er within him burned,
As home his footsteps he hath turned
From wandering on a foreign strand!

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Prabhakar Mundkur has spent 40 years in advertising and worked in India, Africa and Asia. He is currently Chief Mentor with HGS Interactive a part of HGS in the Hinduja Group. He is on the advisory board of Sol 's Arc (solsarc.org ) an NGO dedicated to special education for intellectually challenged children. He is also a member of Whiteboard ( whiteboardindia.org ) which supports senior management of NGOs in financial management, PR, Communication and HR through pro bono expertise.

12 Comments

  1. We get such in all countries,Prabhakar.
    A relative who has become an U.S. [not American!] citizen way back in 1988 considers his adopted country a shithole!
    Both his sons have married U.S.Citizens by birth.
    He is a great fan of Trump!

  2. Way to go PrabsI. I cannot more than agree with you. I am sick and tired of so called “Indians” who criticise and look down on their own country.

  3. There seem to be an equal number of immigrants, from India and other countries, to various other countries who wax poetic about their former land of birth. They then continually denigrate their (not so) newly adopted homeland while refusing to expand social ties outside of their particular ethnic group and cultural sub-groups. They should all just repatriate and leave their chosen lands of milk and honey and new beginnings. Not that they will!

    – The Boojum (easily charmed by smiles and soap)

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