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It’s not rocket science to understand why the best from across the globe aspire to go to the US and make the most of their talent.

The news of the inevitable departure of economist Arvind Subramanian from the ministry of finance as the chief economic adviser (CEA) has brought smiles on the faces of the Swadeshi warriors.

Ashwani Mahajan, co-convener of RSS-affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch, joyously tweeted: “…requests @narendramodi ji to see that next incumbent should be one who has faith in farmers, workers and entrepreneurs of Bharat and is not on sabbatical.”

This is not the first time such a thing is happening since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister. There is a well-established pattern now.

A smear campaign was run against former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, saying he was not “fully” Indian. It was the same story during the departure of Arvind Panagariya from the NITI Aayog.

The basic complaint of the people affiliated with the RSS outfits is that these people (economists) are not “fully” Indian, they come to India on a sabbatical, and they work just for money.

And, herein lies the problem.

Sabbatical is a provision, which finds a place in nearly all well-established democracies and institutions of repute. In fact, all those people who come to work for the government leave behind not just their families but also a well-paying job. And in return, they get truckloads of humiliation.

Some are branded agents of Western powers while others are subjected to a daily test of nationalism.

Great nations take huge pride in inviting the best from across the globe. It’s not rocket science to understand why the best from across the globe aspire to go to the US and make the most of their talent. This has contributed towards making the US a global superpower.

The current Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, is a good case study. Born in Canada, studied in the US and UK, worked for the global financial giant Goldman Sachs, Carney became the central bank governor in Canada and then central bank governor in England. Nobody questions his loyalty and sincerity.

This suspicion against the best is in contrast to the very teachings of Rig Veda, a text that Swadeshi warriors are immensely proud of. Rig Veda says: aano bhadrah kritawo yantu vishwataha, which means “let noble thoughts come to us from everywhere”.

But the Swadeshi warriors think: we are the most noble and hence we don’t need anybody.

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  1. You miss the key idea. According to them, someone who doesn’t understand farmers and workers doesn’t have any noble ideas in the first place.

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