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Understand the Emigre

Emigre THE EMIGRE needs neither sympathy nor pity (Ashok Rudra, October 8); what he needs is to be understood. In describing his unfortunate experience in India ("A Passage from India'', October 1), the emigre was not soliciting sympathy, but drawing pointed attention to the reasons why so many highly-qualified scientists, engineers and economists decide to stay and work abroad. What was the emigre's experience? He came to India with the offer of a job virtually in his pocket only to find those who had made the offer go back on it. He tried elsewhere, but in vain. So six months after he landed in the country he was still without a job. Does it show any special lack of affection for the country that, after this, the emigre felt frustrated and decided to go back? How many of those whose badge of patriotism is that they remain in this country will pay a higher price for their love of India, if they had attractive opportunities waiting for them outside?

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