The New Global Indians

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01Indians Shining *20100301

Mukti Jain Campion examines how Indians have moved so rapidly from running cornershops to running corporations.

The phenomenal rise of the 'new global indians' started slowly 20 years ago but has really taken off in the past 10 years. Equipped with the English language and higher degrees from top universities, their ambitions go far beyond being call centre operators or back office workers for the west. Instead they're making it big as entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and as analysts and bankers on Wall Street and Canary Wharf, buying up British businesses and running global companies.

A Culture Wise production for BBC Radio 4.

Why so many Indians have been reaching the very top levels in multinational companies.

02Uniquely Indian?20101107

In the week that President Obama visits India to strengthen ties that he hopes will help improve America's economy, there's another chance to discover why, despite being home to the highest number of illiterate people in the world, India produces so many numerate and ambitious graduates that are highly sought after by global companies.

This confident and outward-looking Indian elite can now be found in countless top executive roles in multinational corporations (eg PepsiCo, Kraft, Google, Citigroup, Chevron, Deutschebank) and as global entrepreneurs.

But what makes them so uniquely successful?

Many people point to the phenomenal success of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) which select the brightest and the best of India's students through intense competition and launch them into the international arena.

At the IIT Kanpur campus Mukti Jain Campion watches the multinational company recruitment of last year's graduates.

In Chicago she attends the annual global conference of the Indian Institutes of Technology alumni and hears of their wide-ranging achievements.

How do they see their Indian-ness contributing to that success? And what lessons can they offer for Brits and Americans trying to maintain their previous pre-eminence in the global marketplace?

Originally broadcasted in March 2010.

Presented and Produced by Mukti Jain Campion

A Culture Wise production for BBC Radio 4.

Mukti Jain Campion finds out why so many multinationals recruit students from India.

02Uniquely Indian? *20100302

Mukti Jain Campion examines how Indians have moved so rapidly from running cornershops to running corporations.

India has the largest number of illiterate people in the world, yet it also produces some of the most numerate and ambitious graduates at world-famous establishments such as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Mukti visits the campus of IIT Kanpur during recruitment week to find out why the students there are so highly sought-after by multinational companies and meets IIT alumni at their annual global conference in Chicago.

Is there anything uniquely Indian behind their success?

A Culture Wise production for BBC Radio 4.

Mukti Jain Campion finds out why so many multinationals recruit students from India.

03 LASTPayback *20100303

Mukti Jain Campion examines how Indians have moved so rapidly from running cornershops to running corporations.

On his recent trip to Washington the Indian prime minister described it as his country's brain gain: the increasing number of successful expatriate Indians who are returning to India to start businesses and run philanthropic projects. In this programme returnees talk about why India is now so attractive to them, and we discover the impact they are making on their country; for example, with social projects such as Akshaya Patra, the world's biggest midday meals programme which feeds a million poor school children a day.

A Culture Wise production for BBC Radio 4.

Mukti Jain Campion examines the return flow of wealthy professional expatriate Indians.