In­ter­na­tional Am­bas­sadors

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

I par­tic­u­larly en­joyed read­ing your ar­ti­cle on the South Asian Di­as­pora. As an In­dian who has been liv­ing in Cal­i­for­nia for the past 25 years, I com­pletely agree with the author. She pre­sented a well-rounded and bal­anced ar­gu­ment of the strug­gles and hur­dles faced by the com­mu­nity at large. Be­ing away from home yet still be­ing rooted to our re­spec­tive coun­tries, many of us feel that it is only our duty to rep­re­sent and de­fend our coun­try where and when re­quired. A cer­tain el­e­ment of guilt en­ables a quick de­fense of the cul­ture, his­tory and even pol­i­tics. South Asians have made an in­ter­na­tional mark for them­selves through their promi­nence in the me­dia be it in the realm of pol­i­tics, his­tory, academia, lit­er­a­ture, sci­ence or eco­nomics. In many ways, the Di­as­pora is deeply pa­tri­otic and is eas­ily en­raged or un­set­tled by hap­pen­ings in their own coun­tries. While many ar­gue that if deeply con­nected then such peo­ple should re­turn to their na­tive coun­tries, I would say that glob­al­iza­tion has al­lowed the world to be­come more con­nected and ev­ery ex­pat is in essence an am­bas­sador of his own coun­try. It is not only what you do within your coun­try but also how you rep­re­sent it wher­ever you go. Ashish Bhon­sle

Palo Alto, US

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