Emerging India is beckoning the Indian-Americans back to their country to which their parents belonged to with offers of lucrative jobs. A considerable number of second-generation American-born Indians are returning to the country their parents once left in search for better opportunities. While love for classical Indian art and music has brought second-generation Indian-Americans like Preetha Narayanan and Mythili Prakash to their country of origin but lack of opportunity as a publisher has made writer Nina McConigley work at a publishing house in Chennai.
Jocularly referred to as ‘ABCD’ or the American born confused desis, what might be the real reason that is bringing the second-generation Americans back to the Indian shore, is it their love for their country of origin or is it lack of employment opportunities back in America needs to be examined. The second-generation Indian-Americans have some of the best talents in the world. These successful Indian-Americans believe that the Indians living in India are no match to them. According to them Indian students living in India might excel in theoretical math and science but they lack capability of creativity and leadership skills that the liberal social environs of America has equipped them with.
A lackluster US economy and a booming Asian economy, especially in India and China are luring many Indian-Americans to consider returning to India to provide the much needed research and leadership skills to the growing economy and outsourcing markets. According to an online survey conducted in 2004, 68% of Indian-American executives in US Corporations said they were actively looking into opportunities for returning back to India, 12% said they are returning back and equal percentage were open to exploring such ideas. Despite of emerging opportunities the stark reality is that except for a minority of the Indian Diaspora the majority of them still do not consider returning to India as a lucrative opportunity.