Don't treat country chicken as daal

A roundabout way of denying the idea of ‘brain drain’ is to describe it as ‘brain circulation’. Sure. You must be one of those who believes in the ‘trickle-down effect’ – on a global scale. There is nothing wrong with that. After all, death, another undeniable fact, is ‘irrationalised’ and its grief cushioned for those left behind in many cultures in many ways. You might as well pick hay while the sun doesn’t shine. But one may be paddling up denial if one starts thinking that people leaving a place for greener pastures is good ‘in the long run’ for the place left behind – unless Nordic solitude and rust-belt hiking are your kind of things.

Instead, while putting up a brave front to the inevitable – people leaving for places where their talent is used and rewarded to its most – it would be swell if one could learn, even replicate, the conditions of the places that draw the best folk away from one’s own backyard to the shiny, great yonder. Ghar ki murgi daal baraabar is not the best default position to take. It not only devalues the local chicken but also highlights the inability of our collective palate to differentiate between mediocre and murgh musallam. To enjoy manufacturing manholes or hub caps while celebrating some of ‘us’ being rewarded for their creativity, entrepreneurship or scholarship in other climes is being brain dead.


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