"On three occasions in the nineties the NRIs came to the rescue of the
Indian government. when they badly needed foreign exchange.
"But who cares?
"The Indian establishment is doing lip service to NRIs since the early
"Please look at China’s example and all that India needs to do is to
replicate the Chinese example of how Overseas Chinese have become a part of
People’s Republic of China.
"Now NRIs have got new and increased importance by PM Modi.
"Why only give just two NRIs Rajya Sabha seats; they should actually think of
appointing 10 NRIs from different regions of the world and from all fields of
"How can NRI representatives in the Rajya Sabha contribute to public debate
on Indian issues and especially those that concern NRIs?
"An NRI Consultative Committee was set up by the late Rajiv Gandhi in the
mid-eighties which existed for six years of which I was a member.
"The then Reserve Bank governor, Manmohan Singh (who later became Prime
Minister), brought about huge reforms in the investment policies relating to
"This committee had 36 members representing NRIs from various regions, apex
Indian trade and industry bodies and the government.
"It did some valuable work.