‘It’s about helping communities you do
the State Department, the White House and others to
develop this initiative such that it can be executed at a scale
through the US-based system of community colleges where
we are helping to technologically enable the existing com-
munity college infrastructure.
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Romesh Wadhwani with wife Kathy, left, daughter Melina, second from right, and son-in-law Pat Carey, right.
— it is an important thing to do for our culture — but if
that’s all we do, we are essentially transplanting India into
Queens, or India into Monroeville in Pittsburgh or…
Yes. It might be a very high-class ghetto; it might be a
very beautiful temple, but it is a ghetto nonetheless.
I don’t believe that that’s the way we should assimilate.
The Jews have assimilated completely into the American
fabric, but they haven’t lost their Jewish identity — they
have their Jewish temples and yet they are part of the whole
philanthropic system of the US, they are part of the business system of the US; they are part of the government system of the US.
Now, if I take India, first of all we are a much younger
immigrant community, so we haven’t been in the US for
The bulk of immigration that has happened from India
has happened in the last 20 years.
When I came 40 years ago, there was just a handful of
So, certainly from a time stand point, there is nothing to
be critical of.
But going forward, philosophically, it is very, very impor-
tant for the Indian Americans to be philanthropists and to
be philanthropists outside of the temple community fami-
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