The tale of the significant presence of Indo-Americans in the U.S. and their contributions to the American society can be traced to the early 90’s. Being the third largest Asian American ethnic group, Indians have immensely contributed to the U.S. in the various fields of its economy.
If you start looking at the great Indians who won the heart of Americans in technology and management it will begin with Vinod Khosla – the co founder of Sun Microsystems, Vinod Dham – who went to U.S. with $8 in his pocket and later turned up to be the “Father of the Pentium chip” and Sanjay Tejwrika – Microsoft Testing Director of Windows 2000, who was responsible to iron out all initial problems of Windows.
Following these genius contributors, history repeated even in 2010. There are six Indian-Americans in the top level management of MBA Schools in U.S. Starting from the 2 IITians Sunil Kumar – Dean of the Chicago Booth School of Business and Nitin Nohria who became the 10th dean of the Harvard Business School.
Four Indians, C K Prahalad, Vijay Govindarajan, Ram Charan and Rakesh Khurana have made it to the list of top 50 management gurus around the world. Hari Prasad Vemuru, whose research on Indian e-voting machines landed him behind the bars, was soon recognized as one of the best researchers in the U.S. The womenfolk too made a mark this year starting with Indra Nooyi, who became the most powerful women entrepreneurs in the world.
If the individual contributions are not enough it is found that four out of every ten startups in Silicon Valley are run by Indians. Studies also say that the Indian industry has contributed $105 billion to the U.S. economy and supported approximately 300,000 jobs in recent years. All these brings a glimpse of great caliber the country possesses and if work up to our potential once again we will see India as an ever shining and inspiring country setting a bright path for rest of the world to follow.