In India, we have a very simple approach. We wait for people who have Indian roots to achieve something good in life, like going to space, designing overpriced speakers, winning Nobel prizes or beauty contests. Once they do that, we declare them Indian citizens in one fell swoop. No visas, no red tape and absolutely no care for whether their Indianness had anything to do with their achievements.
— Krish Ashok (‘The browning version‘ in The Hindu)
According to the Indian media, even achieving something of their own isn’t needed for someone of Indian origin to be hailed for ‘placing India on the global map’… being within a 50 meter radius while Kate Middleton gave birth is enough!
© Surya Murali