1. Why did you leave India?
For better quality of life.
2. Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
3. What do you like most about being abroad?
Quality of life, public honesty, environment, material abundance, cuisine variety, leisure opportunities, physical activities adventure and sport, humane attitudes.
4. What do like least about being abroad?
Dichotomy, double standards, increasing capitalism and decreasing public spend, apathy to the other half of the world, lack of commitment to raise global living standards and to find wherewithal of it.
5. Would you be concerned about raising your family outside India?
Not particularly though all places have place specific issues.
6. What are your thoughts about marrying outside your immediate community, someone who speaks a different language or practices a different religion?
Best avoided for better matching but possible under certain situation. Rarely works well.
7. What would be the first thing you would do if you became the Prime Minister of India?
Remove Corruption. I would do this by
a. reversing the burden of proof once a prima facie case exists based on very general facts that a person was corrupt, particularly if such case was lodged by any longstanding NRI
b. taking away benefits of a proven corrupt person including all material enjoyment and access rights (like property or nice life) whether owned or gifted to such corrupt person
8. What do you think are India's greatest strengths?(max 3)
a)Its size of population - hands and feet available to work
b)Its market - current and future
c) Its global intellect particularly philosophical, logical and higher knowledge areas
9. What do you think are the biggest problems facing India? (max 3)
b) Lack of drive and clear understanding amongst many leaders at all levels
c) Too much fragmented opinion base that is self serving most of the time
10. Do you think that a presidential form of government would better serve the needs of India's democracy?
11. For whom do you have the highest regard amongst living Indians?
All leading name Indian business and spiritual leaders.
12. Do you think that the national obsession with Cricket has helped or has it hurt India as a sporting nation?
It has helped India to be recognised as a sports loving nation despite its abject poverty. Cricket is a global market place where poorest of poor Indian viewer counts in the larger scheme of things.
13. What do you think are India's greatest achievements since Independence? (max 3)?
a) Inroads into software and BPO outsourcing markets
b) Establishment of Bollywood as an international icon audiovisual industry
c) India's successful pursuit of correct trade strategies within international trade negotiation
14. What is your favourite pastime?
Beach going, parties, bushwalking, freelance writing and strategising.
15. What is your happiest memory?
My childhood and parents.
16. What's your most memorable journey?
South East Asian tour with my friends when I was twenty something and a recent family visit to New Zeland for black water rafting in dark, watery caves glowing with glow worms.
17. What is your ultimate food dish?
Any Thai Chinese Sinaporean Malyasian King Prawn dish.
18. What are your favourite movies? (max 3)
Old Hindi Films.
19. What are your favourite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
1)The Man-Eaters of Kumaon (Jim Corbett)
2)The Man-Eating Leopard of RudraPrayag (Jim Corbett)
3)The Temple Tiger and More Man Eaters of South India (Kenneth Anderson)
20. A message from you to other NRIs
Don't expect others to do something for India. Ask what you can do and start doing it right today.
Meet Dilip Jadeja. He currently lives in Sydney, Australia.
Published - Jan 25, 2006
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