Arguing that if the best and the brightest leave the nations’s shores, can a 21st century country be built with all those who have been left behind, Prodyut Bora is currently networking within the Indian student community in the US — either in person or addressing them through Skype — to create the real ‘Swades’ movement for India. “If the 21st century is to belong to India, our best and the brightest have to accept the stewardship of the nation- building process. Today some of our finest young minds come to foreign educational institutions to study and do research. Unless they go back and contribute to the country’s development, how can we aspire to global leadership,” Bora said during his recent trip to Washington DC.
Swades would be a completely student-run organization. “My role has been that of a catalyst, and would be that of a mentor,” he said.
“Perhaps, it is now a time to launch the Indian Dream in full vigor. We are a group of students, primarily from Yale University and University of Michigan and we strongly believe in leading the journey to move back to India,” Shalmoli Halder, an undergraduate student of Biomedical Engineering and Political Science at the Yale University, said.
“The call is clear: Back to India,” said Halder, who has teamed up with Priyamvada Trivedi, a Phd Student from the University of Michigan, and Suyash Bhagwat, an undergraduate student in economics from Yale University, to kick off the ‘Swadesh’ movement in the US. “There are many Indians who do like to go back and work on their dreams. We want to establish contact with them so that not only can we have ambitious dreams but also stay in touch with reality on the ground,” explained Trivedi.
To this the core group of Swades movement are organizing online session with Bora where students interact with him and communicate their own visions for what they would like to do.
Halder described Swades as an initiative undertaken by students living in the US to pre-empt a institutionalised movement to reverse the ‘brain drain’ happening from India. (PTI)