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Who stole my revolution

Posted by g.e. on September 18, 2006

A nice bit on Indian-Americans by JOANNA YEO in HPR:
As far back as 1985, President Reagan identified the Indian-American diaspora as India’s “most precious gift” to the United States, and an embodiment of the two nations’ friendship.

Indian-Americans, for instance, pre-empted the late-1990s surge of service-sector outsourcing. Recent research by Devesh Kapur, associate professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, shows that Indian-American-led firms like Selectica, NetGuru and Computer Associates International sparked this trend in the early 1990s.

Susan Shirk, former deputy assistant secretary of state for China, Taiwan and Hong Kong and professor at the University of California at San Diego, explained in an interview with the HPR that the India lobby is presently “really formidable and … quite effective” in pushing its agenda on Capitol Hill.

In an interview with the HPR, Harvard Business School professor Tarun Khanna emphasized that Indian-Americans are much wealthier today than they were in the early 1980s. There are now many more Indian-Americans in leadership positions in the United States. Increasing wealth and prominence in society have contributed not just to their favorable position in America, Khanna argued, but also to the Indian government’s increasingly explicit efforts to reach out to the Indian-American community over the past five years.

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