Why There Is A Trend Among Indian Youth To Leave The Country

If you get the chance to interview a student, ask them about their favorite country to live in; unless they’re an army or UPSC aspirant, most people would answer a country other than their own country India. The popular line “think global act local” seems to be turned around for our country youth because they are thinking locally and acting globally.  

So, in this small excerpt, we will walk together through the reasons for this migration of the youth from our country:


When did it start:

It all began with colonization, as Britishers found a way to our country India. We also started utilizing this opportunity to get back to their country to get their good quality education, and some people finding their way of living better settled there. Until the 20th century, only people belonging to the top strata were part of this. Still, after the computer revolution, when US companies saw a huge population with demanded skills in India, this emigration caught fire, giving India an overseas population of 18 million. Even middle-class parents started spending their life savings on this event.

Why it started and why it’s still happening:

It initially started when the businessmen and royalties started sending their heirs to schools in Britain. The aim was to show they had achieved something great; then it was the fact that India is a country filled with many people and a lot of people implies a lot of conflicts, and they wanted their upcoming generations to be out of this mess. So, with rich people, this issue remained the same, but there are some other reasons which are also contributing and are discussed below:

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Before I start talking about this, one preliminary note: don’t get me wrong, it’s what it is. In India, there’s not only one thing that matters, whether it’s the case of taking admission to a university or getting a government job. And things that matters are as follow: how much money you got, how much power you got, how much reservation you got, and how many marks you got, and if a lot is the answer to any of the above questions, congratulations, you will enjoy your stay here.

But if you see closely, for a kid, the first three questions are dependent on his luck; the only part where it comes to his grades is in his hands. Still, most of the population fighting for the remaining ¼ seats makes us feel anxious about our future in the country.

For example, it hurts seeing someone getting good marks in engineering entrance because his father has paid a good amount of money for his cheating; it hurts seeing someone getting selected in a government job because his relative is someone with high power in government. It hurts seeing someone using his caste quota even though both his parents are in a better position than yours.

Even after working hard for something, someone less deserving gets that thing instead of it hurts the youth and makes them believe that there is no need for them in their own country.

Pop culture is somewhere else:

Being in the habit of watching serials with our family, the availability of the internet made us realize that the things we’re watching and listening are unlike anything else in the world; we moved past that and wished we could be part of that same global air.

Religious insecurities: 

With such a diverse population, many cultures, societies, and religions form part of the minority, which can lead to a certain sense of insecurity regarding their position in the country.

Education system:

One thing I can say for sure is that people who secure ranks in the top hundred positions really care more about the subject they are studying rather than the institute they’re preparing for. So when they find out about the institute they’re getting in, they care more about the job afterward, so they move to places that do care about the subject like UCLA, or MIT.

Future insecurities:

It might be written in last, but it’s the kind of thing that works as oil in a fire. Even though behind every technology there’s a contribution of an Indian, those contributions appear mostly in foreign places; you can say Bangalore is the IT hub of India or the Silicon Valley of India, but it’s working for the real Silicon Valley, that is California.

So, when we have the opportunity to work in the real one, why work for its secondary hub. When we see all that prosperity and success coming out of those nations, we start thinking what’s the future; obviously, youth is the future, which though is busy leaving the country.

In a nutshell:

As of now, more Indian youths are showing a tendency to go abroad, whether it’s for their education or work; they just want to leave this country they’re born in, and there can be several reasons for doing that. So, in a nutshell, the government should listen to the “Mann ki Baat” of the people of our country because the youth is the backbone of a country. If there is no youth, then there is no future, and the dream of an “Atmanirbhar Bharat” will remain just a dream.

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