A Plea to My Fellow Indian Americans: We Should Not Bring Indian Socialist Ideas to the American Shores
- We must remember that the fundamental reason we left our motherland was the bad policies espoused by our past leaders.
India was a great country with rich culture, heritage, freedoms, tolerance, ancient pearls of wisdom, and a lot of love and laughter. We had loving families, caring friends, and primarily free quality public education! However, Mother India’s economy didn’t work for us once we got our degrees. That’s when we looked West and moved to America.
It was a struggle in the initial years, just like any other immigrant. However, it was a ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici’ story for most Indian-Americans. We came with English language proficiency, degrees, and rock-solid loving and caring families. That’s all the ingredients required to excel in America, the shining city on the hill with unlimited opportunities. That was all we were looking for when we decided to leave the land we all loved so much!
And as a result, we as a community became the most successful ethnic group in a short period, trashing all the race and skin color-based stereotypes. We reconfirmed that the conservative values of strong families, quality education, and no government red-tape are all that humans need to prosper. We proved that American exceptionalism is true and American Dream is indeed alive and kicking!
Then we mostly went back home, got married, and raised primarily traditional families, just as we used to do in India. We had many children, our numbers grew, and Indian Americans became a force to reckon with, even in politics. Despite this, many of us remained die-hard Indians with American passports out of the sheer love we had for our motherland.
Indian leaders like Gandhi and Nehru, who were very popular worldwide, were likable people. Prime Minister Nehru had the best intentions to devise a centralized socialist system with excessive government bureaucracy and red tape. When Nehru and later his daughter Indira went on a nationalization spree of thriving private industries and financial institutions, they thought, and the Indian people thought it was all required to make India heaven. However, the exact opposite is what happened, and that’s how we ended up having to leave for greener pastures. However, unlike the full-blown communist tyrants, India’s founders still command a lot of respect. Probably they were good people. However, it’s time for us to understand the fundamental reason we left our motherland was the bad policies espoused by these same leaders!
Socialism is a tragedy wherever tried before. Socialism is fundamentally responsible for creating the need for us to leave our homeland. And socialism will lead to the collapse of the American success story, the beautiful story that attracted us here. That’s why all of us Indian Americans need to understand what went wrong. That way, we can be mindful when voting in American elections. That way, we can tell our American-born children to stay away from the socialist utopia that is unfolding around them.
The article “India and the Tragedy of Socialism.” It sheds light on the “socialist tragedy” called the Indian economy.
The economic reform, heralded by visionary Prime Minister Narasimha Rao and his finance minister Manmohan Singh did a ton of good to free up the Indian Economy. Still, just like an adult with a severe health situation resulting from the deprivation suffered during infancy, even after 75 years, the Indian Economy is struggling to stand up and compete with the rest of the world.
Let’s keep this tragedy away from the American shores.
Vinson Xavier and his family have been living in Fairfax County, Virginia, for over 23years. Originally from Kochi in Kerala, India, Vinson is a serial entrepreneur, Asian American community leader, and a free-market advocate. He has his bachelor’s degree in engineering from India and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno. Vinson has run multiple small businesses in the U.S. and won the SBA Small Business Exporter of the Year award in 2013. He was also an appointee to President Trump’s Export Council.
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