If you’ve ever wondered what a consulate does, check out this interview I did with the chief of the Indian consulate in Houston:
How do you conceptualize the Indian community in the United States? Is it limited to the commercial and migrant groups we’ve discussed, or does it also include the broader Indian diaspora?
We maintain contacts with them all. The fact that you’re an Indian never goes away, no matter how far you go back. Being Indian is much more than a national identity; it’s like a way of life or a philosophy of living. People who left Indian hundreds of years ago, fortunately for us, still consider themselves Indian, to have a link with India. One of the more pleasant parts of my job is to continue to interact with that community. They’re a huge source of goodwill for us.