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Meet Mushtaq...

1. Why did you leave India?
My parents left India in 1976 to earn a living !

2. Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
I am thinking of it, but not sure if I will be successfulin business as well as adjusting to the social situation in Mumbai/Gujarat

3. What do you like most about being abroad?
Learned many things, moreover I consider myself and others as human. The standard of living is just too cool !

4. What do like least about being abroad?
Missed relatives, a sense of being in one's own country.

5. Would you be concerned about raising your family outside India?
Not at all. As long as you have ur values intact no matter where you have to raise your children, the results are positive, although there are some negative influencein the society.

6. What are your thoughts about marrying outside your immediate community, someone who speaks a different language or practices a different religion?
What matters is marriage and its role. Language shouldn't be a great barrier. For religion, I would marry only if my religion permits.

7. What would be the first thing you would do if you became the Prime Minister of India?
Bring about revolution. Do many many things. First would be cleaning the dirt off the political stage.

8. What do you think are India's greatest strengths?(max 3)
Its people, strategic location, abundant resources

9.What do you think are the biggest problems facing India? (max 3)
Corruption, non-secular politician, illiteracy & poverty

10. Do you think that a presidential form of government would better serve the needs of India's democracy?
If they have power and the will to bring results.

11. For whom do you have the highest regard amongst living Indians?
Many- Sunil Dutt, Shekhar Suman, Laloo Prasad ...

12. Do you think that the national obsession with Cricket has helped or has it hurt India as a sporting nation?
It has certainly done a lot of harm. We haven't won medals at the olympics because the talent is all in cricket.

13. What do you think are India's greatest achievements since Independence? (max 3)?
A strong labour force, United as one nation

14. What is your favourite pastime?
Internet, and games

15. What is your happiest memory?
My graduation.

16. What's your most memorable journey?
To India all alone

17. What is your ultimate food dish?
Leabenese food-Sish kabab, tikka, shawarma..

18. What are your favourite movies? (max 3)
Satya, Vastaav, Kuchchh, Sarfarosh

19. What are your favourite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
The Choice (Sheikh Ahmed Deedat)

20. A message from you to other NRIs
Be a NRI, not a foreign national. Can't NRIs serve India better by entering politics or being a part of the government of India?

Meet Mushtaq. He currently lives in Diera, Dubai; and is in the medical profession.
Published - January 2001

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