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“Silicon Valley’s Lifeline: Why the US Tech Industry Can’t Survive Without Indians, According to SVC Chamber of Commerce CEO”

In a recent interview with PTI, Harbir K Bhatia, CEO of the Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce, underscored the indispensable role of Indians in the success and sustainability of America’s tech industry. According to Bhatia, Indians are not just contributors but leaders of innovation in Silicon Valley, with their impact felt across major corporations like Google, YouTube, Google Foundation, and Microsoft.

Bhatia pointed out that at one time, 40% of Silicon Valley CEOs or founders were of South Asian or Indian origin, emphasizing the enormity of their influence. She emphasized the inclusive nature of Silicon Valley, where individuals can bring their whole selves to work without concerns about race, religion, or culture.

“Here you get to bring your whole self to work and have the opportunity to be creative, to be all that you want to be without the worry of your color, of your skin, the religion you practice, the caste, the culture, anything,” she said.

Highlighting the work ethic and values that Indians bring to the table, Bhatia noted that traits like hard work, productivity, and an insatiable drive for excellence are ingrained in their culture. She remarked, “It’s never enough, and that craving and that aspiration is what separates us from others.”

Bhatia also praised the Indian ‘jugaad’, a frugal and flexible approach to problem-solving, stating, “If there’s a problem, put a desi on it, you’ll find a solution.”

Discussing the relationship between Silicon Valley and India, Bhatia emphasized India’s crucial role in the success of tech companies. She highlighted outsourcing as a fundamental aspect, noting that the tech industry thrives in the United States due to the cost-effective three-to-one model, where one American employee costs as much as three employees in India.

Bhatia asserted, “Who’s running all the operations? Who’s keeping all the lights on? It is our community that is the bread and butter of every tech company in some way. They cannot survive without us.”

Addressing visa caps, Bhatia suggested that the attempts to limit visas stem from the recognition of Indian talent’s significance. She remarked, “There’s a reason why they keep trying to cap the visas because they know we’re so well that they just have to put a limit. Otherwise, we could take up all the jobs.”

Moreover, Bhatia highlighted Indians’ ability to excel across various professions, including tech, farming, and healthcare. She emphasized that the US benefits from attracting some of India’s brightest minds, contributing to the country’s diverse and innovative workforce.

In conclusion, Bhatia’s insights underscore the pivotal role Indians play in shaping Silicon Valley and the broader US tech industry, emphasizing the necessity of their contributions for its continued success and innovation.

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri

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