The secret to Indians’ success in America

You rarely hear bad news about Indians in the United States. In fact, you rarely hear about them in general. Recent studies have focused on communities that arrived from India as they constitute a large number of the population, and it turns out that the Indian community is one of the richest, and the most efficient and influential.

The common image of the poor Indian man is the complete opposite of the image of Indians in the United States, as it turns out that Indians there are one of the richest Asian immigrant communities. The yearly income is $88,000 per household.

He who wants to overcome his circumstances and difficult times must pay full attention to education, and I mean quality education

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

The sweeping majority of them have university degrees, and most of these degrees are in scientific majors. This is why they are among the best at getting hired, and why they are better off. In addition, they are new immigrants as two thirds of them are born outside the United States, so they are not like other deep-rooted groups such as the Jews and Europeans.

Quality education

The secret to their success lies entirely in education. Poverty and the weak capabilities of the Indian government has not prevented the provision of quality education. This is why most of them attained the right to emigrate to a country such as the United States. They are considered before immigrants from other countries because they specialize in fields required by the job market.

Therefore, they are granted residency, given jobs, and later attain American citizenship. Some Indians there are now high-profile politicians as well. Two U.S. states are governed by men of Indian descent, and a candidate of Indian descent is running for the Senate post in California next year. More than 40,000 Indian immigrants work as doctors, as is the case in other vital fields.

The moral is that he who wants to overcome his circumstances and difficult times must pay full attention to education, and I mean quality education. Education is the only medical prescription we can agree on when it comes to social and economic solutions. Although all countries provide free public education, only a few of them provide quality education that produces people capable of developing their society.

This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on August 26, 2015.


Abdulrahman al-Rashed is the former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. A veteran and internationally acclaimed journalist, he is a former editor-in-chief of the London-based leading Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, where he still regularly writes a political column. He has also served as the editor of Asharq al-Awsat’s sister publication, al-Majalla. Throughout his career, Rashed has interviewed several world leaders, with his articles garnering worldwide recognition, and he has successfully led Al Arabiya to the highly regarded, thriving and influential position it is in today.

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