Article on India

Dr Farrukh  Saleem
Indians and Pakistanis have the same ancestry and share  the same DNA sequence.

Here’s what is happening in  India:

             The two Ambani brothers can buy 100 percent of  every company listed on the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) and would  still be left with $30 billion to spare. The four richest Indians can  buy up all
goods and services produced over a year by 169 million  Pakistanis and still be left with $60 billion to spare. The four  richest Indians are now richer than the forty richest Chinese.

             In November, Bombay Stock Exchange’s benchmark Sensex flirted with 20,000 points. As a consequence, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries became a $100 billion company (the entire KSE is  capitalized at $65 billion). Mukesh owns 48 percent of Reliance.

             In November, comes Neeta’s birthday. Neeta turned forty-four three weeks ago. Look what she got from her husband as her birthday present: A sixty-million dollar jet with a custom fitted
master bedroom, bathroom with mood lighting, a sky bar, entertainment cabins, satellite television, wireless communication and a separate cabin with game consoles. Neeta is Mukesh Ambani’s wife, and Mukesh is not India’s richest but the second richest.

             Mukesh is  now building his new home, Residence Antillia (after a mythical,  phantom island somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean). At a cost of $1  billion this would be the most expensive home on the face of the  planet. At 173 meters tall Mukesh’s new family residence, for a family  of six, will be the equivalent of a 60-storeyed building. The first  six floors are reserved for parking. The seventh floor is for car servicing and maintenance. The eighth floor houses a mini-theatre. Then there’s a health club, a gym and a swimming pool. Two floors are reserved for Ambani family’s guests. Four floors above the guest  floors are family floors all with a superb view of the Arabian Sea. On  top of everything are three helipads. A staff of 600 is expected to  care for the family and their family home.

             In 2004,  India became the 3rd most attractive foreign direct investment  destination. Pakistan wasn’t even in the top 25 countries. In 2004,  the United Nations, the representative body of 192
sovereign member  states, had requested the Election Commission of India to assist the  UN in the holding  elections in Al Jumhuriyah al Iraqiyah and  Dowlat-e Eslami-ye Afghanestan. Why the Election Commission of India  and not the Election Commission of Pakistan? After all, Islamabad
is  closer to Kabul than is Delhi.

             Imagine, 12 percent of  all American scientists are of Indian origin; 38 percent of doctors in  America are Indian; 36 percent of NASA scientists are Indians; 34  percent of Microsoft employees are
Indians; and 28 percent of IBM  employees are Indians.

For the record: Sabeer  Bhatia created and founded Hotmail.
Sun Microsystems was founded by  Vinod Khosla.

The Intel Pentium processor, that runs 90 percent of all  computers, was fathered by Vinod Dham.

Rajiv Gupta co-invented Hewlett  Packard’s E-speak project.

Four out of ten Silicon Valley start-ups  are run by Indians.

Bollywood produces 800 movies per year and six  Indian ladies have won Miss Universe/Miss World titles over the past  10 years.

For the record: Azim Premji, the richest  Muslim entrepreneur on the face of the planet, was born in Bombay and  now lives in Bangalore.

India now has more than three dozen  billionaires; Pakistan has none (not a single dollar billionaire).

             The other amazing aspect is the rapid pace at which  India is creating wealth. In 2002, Dhirubhai Ambani, Mukesh and Anil  Ambani’s father, left his two sons a fortune worth $2.8 billion. In  2007, their combined wealth stood at $94 billion. On 29 October 2007,  as a result of the stock market rally and the appreciation of the  Indian rupee, Mukesh became the richest person in the world, with net  worth climbing to US$63.2 billion (Bill Gates, the richest American,  stands at around $56 billion).

             Indians and Pakistanis have the  same Y-chromosome haplogroup. We have the same genetic sequence and  the same genetic marker (namely: M124). We have the same DNA molecule,  the same DNA sequence. Our culture, our traditions and our cuisine are  all the same. We watch the same movies and sing the same songs. What  is it that Indians have and we don’t?

   ….The writer is an Islamabad-based freelance  columnist. Email:


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