Backward 'Brain Drain' Calls Indians Home From US

Economy exerts pull on well-educated thirtysomethings
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 19, 2009 2:10 PM CDT
Reserve Bank of India Governor D. Subbarao, second left, looks on before the start of a meeting with bankers in Mumbai, April 21, 2009.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – While much of the world suffers economic meltdown, India’s economy is comparatively healthy—and that may be reversing a longstanding “brain drain” of Indians to American shores, Sandip Roy reports for NPR. “It’s the hottest topic at potluck dinners all over Silicon Valley—which friend or colleague has decided to R-2-I, or return to India,” he notes.

The average returnee, surveys see, is a thirtysomething with an advanced degree. For many Indians in the US, “going back” is a long-held dream. Why? Many give the same answer: “I am looking forward to spending a lot more time with my parents.” Still, the trend is stirring inevitable cultural clashes as Indians used to the US grapple with the return to traditions of their—or their parents’—homeland.