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Why UK residents emigrating to India?

Living in the Western world is considered the high life by many Indians who are smitten by all that glistens on the surface; a richer quality of life, a cleaner environment, better pay and access to healthcare, to name but a few. Indians have fled in their millions in pursuit of the greener side of the globe. According to a BBC News article, an estimated 25 million people of Indian origin live overseas. So it's not surprising to find a few raised eyebrows when this trend started to shift and there is an increased number of UK residents emigrating to India.

 

The shift in migration can be seen as undoing the hard work of our elders. But, it can also be proudly viewed as a mark of encouraging growth from of the country that ultimately holds our roots.

 
 
 
 

With particular focus on the media industry, Ruth Maclean and Rachel Richard Straus are two journalists who published an online article about young British journalists in India. According to their report of 2009, increased job losses and cuts created a bleak outlook for this field of work. However, some eager reporters fled to India and managed to find themselves exciting work, adventure and opportunities. Senior reporter for the Barney Henderson's story was used as supporting evidence, who moved to India to work on the Hindustan Times:

 

Therefore, the country that was once far behind hope is now gaining hopeful followers. Mr Gurucharan, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, described the shift successfully:  '"In the sixties when people left India the buzz words was 'brain-drain'. We see it now as 'brain-gain'."

 

Throughout my life growing up in London, I have always felt that something is missing. But whenever I have spent extended periods of time in India, this gap became filled. Also, my connection with a country depends on my connection with its people. In general, Londoners tend to keep to themselves and value their personal space. But the community spirit in India always makes me feel that I am part of a society that is a bonded family, held together by the ties of genuine love and respect for fellow human beings. This is also exemplified in the celebration of key religious festivals. Christmas in the UK is celebrated privately among families, inside the comfort of their own homes. On the contrary, Diwali in India is rejoiced on the streets, which are adorned with lights and brightly coloured decorations and effigies of the Gods. And almost everyone opens up their inviting homes.

 

However, actually living and working in a country is a completely different experience to visiting a country and knowing you will be returning home. But similar to an inspiring encounter with a stranger, sometimes a heartfelt connection is worthy of further exploration.

 

London is a fantastic, cosmopolitan city that can offer a life-enhancing experience to its inhabitants. But despite the ordered and high calibre society we live in, quality of life can amount to more than just clean air and a strong currency. It seems as though quite a few Britons have caught on to the fact that all that glistens isn't gold. Beneath a surface that may be unkempt in places, India pulsates with the heartbeat of life.

 

Monika