Return-to-India kits get popular among NRIs

The increasing instances of hate crimes against Indians in the United States has led many NRIs to ponder on the prospects of returning to India. In such a scenario, do-it-yourself (DIY) ‘return-to-India’ kits and online forums have come to the rescue of many NRIs, offering them a step-by-step guide to make the transition smoother.
Students protest the policies of the US Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in New York
Students protest the policies of the US Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in New York


Mani Karthik, an NRI hailing from Kochi, started ‘Return-to- India Kit’, a website with a step-by-step guide on a checklist of things that need to be done, for smoothly re-establishing life in India. 
The site helps those planning to return-to-India to get important documents such as Aadhaar card and PAN card, while also suggesting OCI cards for the children and a sneak peek into the job market here. In addition, there is also a cultural cue to reconnecting with life in India.  
The Kochi-based NRI wrote, “I’m an NRI living in Los Angles and is considering rearranging my priorities because of you know, ‘things happening around’. Thought I might as well create a “DIY Kit” for those interested.” 
In addition to this site, many other forums too have cropped up, offering personal experiences, advice and how to seamlessly reintegrate into the Indian society. These are helpful for those who are considering returning to India, especially considering the social scenario. 
Rifadh Mohammed, an MS graduate in Industrial Engineering, has been living in Texas since 2013. He planned to stay a few more years, until he repaid his education loan. But the current unreliable job scenario coupled with hate crimes, has made him reconsider his options. 
“If there is a situation where I have to move back to India, I’m ready and I’ve done my research on the job scenario for someone with my qualification.” 
Shivasundar R, another IT professional, who relocated to India a few years ago, said these forums helped him immensely. 
“When you have lived in the US for a long time, you don’t know how the situation is here. These forums help give a ringside view. People living abroad are used to a certain kind of a lifestyle. Their biggest concern is if they can maintain the same here,” he concluded.

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