The Indian Diaspora in the US
Posted on May 26th, 2017

Shenali D Waduge

From 12,000 Indian immigrants in 1960, the Indian-American population has shot up to over 3million. The worldwide Indian diaspora itself is immeasurable with estimated figures ranging from 20-30million. Many of these Indians are proud Americans with little allegiance to their land of birth, however, qualities of their birth land remains and is part and parcel of the lobbying techniques used to exert Indian dominance in any country they have become naturalized citizens in.

Indians in US

The restrictive Immigration Acts of 1917 and 1924, which effectively banned immigration from Asia. As of 1960, there were only 12,000 Indian immigrants in the United States. The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act removed origin-country quotas and created employment-based immigration channels, as well as subsequent legislation emphasizing highly skilled immigration provided an entry pathway for a growing number of professionals and students from India. Immigration Act of 1990 contributed to a rapid increase in the size of the Indian-born population. From 1980 to 2013, the Indian immigrant population increased ten-fold, from 206,000 to 2.04 million, roughly doubling every decade.

§  India’s diaspora is vast, with 20m-30m people spread across the world

§  Indian Americans are the third-largest group among Asian Americans.

§  The Indian diaspora population in the United States is comprised of approximately 3.8 million individuals (US Census Bureau) Indian-born Americans number 2million.

§  87.2% of Indian-American adults in 2010 were foreign-born

§  Three-quarters of the Indian-born population in America today arrived in the last 25 years

§  Indian citizens accounted for 70 percent of the 316,000 H-1B petitions (initial and continuing employment) approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in fiscal year (FY) 2014.

§  Approximately 284,000 unauthorized Indian immigrants in the 2009-13 period. According to Department of Homeland Security 14,000 Indians on tourist or business visas overstayed their legally-permitted welcome in 2014.

§  Half of all motels are owned by Indians

§  In Silicon Valley 1/5 of the population is Indian.

§  Some 10-20% of all tech start-ups have Indian founders

§  70% of Indian Americans aged 25 and older had college degrees in 2010

§  950,000 scientists and engineers of Indian origin (2013) out of a total of 29million

§  Indian-origin researchers were 3.3% of the U.S. research workforce

§  In 2011, 72,438 Indians received H1-B visas, 56% of all such visas granted that year

§  Only about half (51%) of Indian Americans are Hindu – 18% of Indian Americans identified themselves as Christians

§  In 2013, only 6 percent of Indian immigrants lived in poverty. According to MR Rangaswami, an influential Silicon Valley investor US will have an Indian-American as President in the next generation.”because of the size of India, we could become an even larger community than the Jews’.

§  65% of Indian Americans were Democrats

§  12% scientists and 38% doctors in the US are Indians

§  In NASA – 36% or almost 4 out of 10 scientists are Indians

§  US alone is home to as many as 145,000 Patels, who have come to dominate the country’s motel business. According to Onetact.com

§  Global remittances sent to India via formal channels equaled nearly USD $70 billion in 2013. Remittances sent to India have seen an 11-fold increase since 1995.

§  Before 2009 not a single American Indian has served as US ambassadors – now there are two – Atul Kesap in Sri Lanka, Richard Verma in India. Others holding prominent diplomatic roles in the Obama govt were – Nisha Biswal, Manpreet Anand,

Indian American criminal record

·         Nandu Thondavadi, 62, CEO of Schaumburg-based Quadrant 4 System, and Dhru Desai, 55, its chief financial officer and chairmanNandu Thondavadi, 62, CEO of Schaumburg-based Quadrant 4 System, and Dhru Desai, 55, its chief financial officer and chairmanNandu Thondavadi, 62, CEO of Schaumburg-based Quadrant 4 System, and Dhru Desai, 55, its chief financial officer and chairmanNandu Thondavadi, 62, CEO of Schaumburg-based Quadrant 4 System, and Dhru Desai, 55, its chief financial officer and chairman, were charged with wire fraudNandu Thondavadi, 62, CEO of Schaumburg-based Quadrant 4 System, and Dhru Desai, 55, its chief financial officer and chairman, were charged with wire fraud in 2016.

·         Harendra Singh was chargedHarendra Singh was charged for fraud in 2015

·         Tarsem Singh, a businessman from Fairfax in Virginia jailed for fraud in 2016

·         Navin Shankar Subramaniam Xavier jailed in US for $33m fraud 2017

·         A list of other criminal cases against Indian-Americans http://www.ndtv.com/topic/indian-jailed-in-us / http://www.searchindia.com/2014/02/07/whos-who-of-indian-criminals-in-usa/

Indian ancestry

·        Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal and South Carolina’s Nikki Haley

·        Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney

·        Neel Kashkari, former Treasury Department official

·        Sundar Pichai, Google’s new CEO

·        Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft

·        Indira Nooyi is chief executive of PepsiCo

·        Rajeev Suri, CEO of Nokia     

·        Vikram Pandit CEO of Citigroup

·        Ajay Banga, president and CEO of MasterCard

·        Rakesh Kapoor, CEO of Reckitt Benckiser

·        Shantanu Narayen heads Adobe Systems

·        9 prominent Indians in Silicon Valley http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2015/08/11/indian-americans-silicon-_n_7969308.html

·        Indians taking top technology jobs – https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-americas-top-technology-jobs-are-going-to-indian-executives-1439338706

Shenali D Waduge

One Response to “The Indian Diaspora in the US”

  1. Nihal Perera Says:

    Though I am not a fan of India or Indians, this is impressive how they have become one of the most successful ethnic groups in US.

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