It seems not only our Bollywood megastars want to leave India and settle abroad. A report published recently states that last year a huge chunk of the Indian millionaire club decided to leave the country in search of greener pastures outside India.
The outflow, in which 4,000 richie rich Indians changed their domicile, is considered the fourth-biggest outflow of millionaires globally, according to the report by New World Wealth. While we may be left wondering as to where have so many uber rich folks have moved to, the report has an answer.
Apparently, Australia topped the chart with as many as 8,000 millionaires moving in and settling there, followed by USA (7,000) and Canada (5,000). That makes one thing clear: Australia is the new West. A country with rich resources and relaxed immigration rules, it’s no wonder that this nation is firing the imagination of the rich people, and making skip the “Great American dream”.
Millionaires, also known as ‘high net worth individuals’ in formal terms, refer to individuals with net assets of $1 million or more, and this doesn’t include their spunky and palatial, yet cool residences spread across acres of land.
While there is so much of news about India’s advancement in all spheres, and attracting global businesses, it raises an uneasy question in the mind of the common masses. If actually, we are achieving so much as a nation, why have so many thousand individuals shifted their base?
There ought to be an ostensible reason, apart from the “better lifestyle” syndrome. For I believe, the millionaires can maintain a lavish lifestyle here in India, unlike the middle-class, who make great monies abroad, especially the US and Canada. I wonder if this is happening because lot many millionaires are disillusioned due to lack of stringent law enforcement, that have made big defaulters like Vijay Mallya flee the country so easily.
In December last year, actor Aamir Khan’s comment that his wife was worried about the “rising intolerance” in India, and wondered if they should migrate to another country, had stirred the hornet’s nest. The simple comment snowballed into such a huge “nationalism” issue that it kept the news channels and social media busy for a month.
His colleague Anupam Kher took a dig at him, saying, it was India that made him Aamir Khan, the popular actor. People called him anti-national, and said that he ought to go to Pakistan along with his family, because it was an Islamist nation; right-wing activists burned down his posters, saying the actor had insulted India by saying he wanted to leave India.
The actor, who was a popular face of many brand endorsements, was dropped from assignments like a hot potato. Aamir even lost the Indian tourism campaign ad due to the controversy. I would say, he lost quite many things for just casually stating a personal opinion of his wife.
I wonder if the same zealots would rake up an issue now that we have learned of the outflow of so many Indian millionaires. Would they be called anti-national, for they decided to leave India and its poverty in exchange of richer nations that would double their wealth perhaps! I bet none of it would happen, because they are faceless, and the typical Indian mindset has always looked up to the “foreign dream.”
This is the plight of a nation, where the creme la de crème change move to richer nation, while the poor gets poorer.