Reflections from Alien Shores- Speeches & Essays of an Expatriate Indian

Reflections from Alien Shores- Speeches & Essays of an Expatriate Indian

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Author: Varadaraja V Raman
Publisher: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Year: 1999
Language: English
Pages: 397
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172760345


This volume presents reflections on a variety of themes of interest to expatriate Indians from the perspective of one who has been fashioned by the visions and values of Indian culture, and also been much enriched by the mind-freeing stimulants of science and Western culture.

The reflections in this volume are governed by certain personal convictions such as:

1. People of Indian heritage living beyond the shores of India have a moral responsibility towards their children: to try to develop in them an intelligent sensitivity for the beautiful and enriching elements of India's glorious past.

2. At the same time, they must have a commitment for the country they have adopted: criticize its inadequacies as insiders rather than as aliens, and also work actively for its betterment.

3. When one chooses to live on a long-range basis away from India, one must also relinquish the right to criticize or condemn Indian politics and society except in the context of expatriates appraising untenable social evils.

4. They have a responsibility to educate their foreign friends on the positive aspects of Indian culture, without being pompous or preachy, or defensive or apologetic on embarrassing matters.