Friday, December 4, 2009

Hidden Brain Gains

Recently our Chacha PM said:

  • “More than the resources, however, we will require imagination and innovation to succeed. People of Indian origin worldwide can contribute mightily to this effort. In the past few years we have already experienced what has been called a “reverse brain-drain”. I would prefer to call this “brain gain” or, indeed, a meeting of minds.”

Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar wrote recently:

  • Three Indian Americans (Khurana, Chandrashekhar and Ramakrishnan) have won Nobel Prizes in the sciences. Indians are prominent in academia (Jagdish Bhagwati, Avinash Dixit); in management ( C K Prahlad, Pankaj Ghemawat); in business (Indra Nooyi, Amar Bose, Vinod Khosla); and medicine (Sanjay Gupta of CNN, Deepak Chopra).
  • One-third of Silicon Valley engineers are Indian. Wall Street is replete with Indians. The big Wall Street scandal today is the insider trading case involving the Galleon Fund. The New York prosecutor is Preet Bharara, the accused is Rajaratnam, and the chief witness is Roomy Khan. You could be forgiven for thinking this was a Dalal Street scandal.
  • Indian Americans are rising fast in politics. Bobby Jindal is a potential future US president. Wikipedia lists 40 Indian Americans in US politics today.

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