I just read Joel Stein’s rant and was amused a bit. It did not offend or incense me in any way, I just felt pity for the guy and his narrow-mindedness.
Instead of belittling India, he should have just taken a look at his own past. He says “Then, in the 1980s, the doctors and engineers brought over their merchant cousins, and we were no longer so sure about the genius thing. In the 1990s, the not-as-brilliant merchants brought their even-less-bright cousins, and we started to understand why India is so damn poor”
My understanding is that Joel doesn’t know how civilization works. His name doesn’t sound native-American, so I gues he ought to ask him forefathers how they made it to the US. The country is a land of immigrants, and one immigrant trying to show another immigrant in poor light seems ridiculous.
Its like Joel does not try to understand the state of things and he is purely negligent. His immigrant friend Jun Choi has to explain things to him. Check this “Choi said that part of what I don’t like about the new Edison is the reduction of wealth, which probably would have been worse without the arrival of so many Indians, many of whom, fittingly for a town called Edison, are inventors and engineers. And no place is immune to change.”
The good thing is that, such views are in minority. The vast majority of the Americans do recognise the talent and worth of Indians and one such stupid article cannot tarnish our image or take-away anything from us. This is Joel’s own thought process and idea and is not reflective of what Americans actually think of us. No wonder, Time had to immediately issue an apology. We only want to understand why he wrote what he wrote, an apology is just not good enough.
Somehow, I feel that a few years down the line the 2nd and 3rd generation Indians/Chinese will be ranting against immigrants from their own pre-owned nation and also against the Mexicans who are in the process of crossing borders to make it to the land of opportunities. Its an on-going process and this piece isn’t the last one.