Indians at Dubai airport wait to fly home on May 7 on specially arranged flights amid pandemic travel bans. Many expatriate Indians have lost their jobs in the Gulf after oil prices collapsed. Photo: AFP Indians at Dubai airport wait to fly home on May 7 on specially arranged flights amid pandemic travel bans. Many expatriate Indians have lost their jobs in the Gulf after oil prices collapsed. Photo: AFP
Indians at Dubai airport wait to fly home on May 7 on specially arranged flights amid pandemic travel bans. Many expatriate Indians have lost their jobs in the Gulf after oil prices collapsed. Photo: AFP
Rupakjyoti Borah
Opinion

Opinion

Eye on Asia by Rupakjyoti Borah

Indian worker exodus from the Gulf is a chance to wean the economy off remittances

  • The plunge in remittances will hurt but this is an opportunity for India to reverse its brain drain, retrain for new jobs in e-commerce and boost its infrastructure sector to create jobs, answering Modi’s call for a self-reliant India

Indians at Dubai airport wait to fly home on May 7 on specially arranged flights amid pandemic travel bans. Many expatriate Indians have lost their jobs in the Gulf after oil prices collapsed. Photo: AFP Indians at Dubai airport wait to fly home on May 7 on specially arranged flights amid pandemic travel bans. Many expatriate Indians have lost their jobs in the Gulf after oil prices collapsed. Photo: AFP
Indians at Dubai airport wait to fly home on May 7 on specially arranged flights amid pandemic travel bans. Many expatriate Indians have lost their jobs in the Gulf after oil prices collapsed. Photo: AFP
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Rupakjyoti Borah

Rupakjyoti Borah

Dr Rupakjyoti Borah is a senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies, Tokyo. His forthcoming book is The Strategic Relations between India, the United States and Japan in the Indo-Pacific: When Three is Not a Crowd. He has also authored two other books. He has been a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge, the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Japan, and the Australian National University. Twitter @rupakj