Friday, 25 April 2014

The Land of Opportunity ?

The nomination by the president Obama of Vivek Hallegere Murthy as America's surgeon general ( Public Health top doc) just further illustrates to me the heights professionals of the Indian diaspora are able to scale in the United States. See here , here , here and here
It is difficult to state such a fact without sounding unpleasantly condescending - that is not my  intention. The reason for my observation is that India has a far greater historical connection with the United Kingdom. Nonetheless it is in the United States, the land of opportunity that people of Indian origin have really shined and made a global impact. This is not to say that there is no racism or discrimination in the US. Like everything else in life, the boundaries that exist in the US are far greater, there is both more discrimination AND more opportunity - stifling poverty with no health cover (until now that is) for many African Americans as well as the position of Commander - in - Chief.

ps The blocking of the nomination of Dr. Murthy by the NRA is quite extraordinary. Not only do they want guns promoted, they want a top doc who agrees with them!!!