Call to involve Indian expats on Australia’s Indian Engagement Strategy

By Our Reporter
Jeyashree Nishtala, Nitin Gupta

Aussie Expat and businessman Nitin Gupta strongly feels that engaging with the global Indian expat population needs to be incorporated as part of Australia and Victoria’s India engagement strategies. “As a trial or a pilot, they can start engaging with the Indian expat community in USA, and then extend it to places like Canada, UK, New Zealand, UAE, etc. It needs to be given a decent trial at least.”

Nitin says, “US Census data affirms that Indian Americans enjoy a standard that is roughly double that of the median American household, underpinned by substantially greater education attainment—the share of Indian Americans with at least a bachelor’s degree is more than twice of the national average.”

He further adds, “And the most striking distinction is their economic status: Indian American households have the single highest income level of any group in the country—more than twice as high as the general US population.”

“Besides even when you talk about big Indian corporate houses—a big majority of business leaders or their children would have most likely done a significant part of their education in the US. So, whether you are engaging with the US or with India, it makes economic sense to put some time and resources aside for engaging with the India expat population in the US.”

As an adviser to former Victorian Premier Hon. Ted Baillieu, Nitin had made extensive contributions to Victoria’s India engagement strategy, including drafting the Victoria’s Bollywood policy that led to the creation of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) in 2012. He moved to Atlanta (USA) in 2018 and has been running successful businesses over there.

Award winning IT executive and AFL India Ambassador Jeyashree Nishtala also feels that engaging with Indian Americans would be a great addition to Australia and Victoria’s India engagement strategies. “The big opportunities are also there in the global India expat population. Just see the number of big IT companies that now have Indian Americans as key decision makers,” says Jeyashree.

On the question of where Australia stands in terms of realising the full potential of Indian relationship, Nitin feels, “Australia still has a long way to go to fully realise the potential of Indian relationship”.

“I think a lot of the debate about Australia succeeding in India gets thrown back to the government,” he says, adding, “I believe businesses and business leaders need to show the way.”

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