Archive for April, 2008

An interesting Vietnam NRI – A feather to our cap

April 29, 2008

The Government of Vietnam last year has published a list of 500 people christened “Friends of Vietnam”. In the above big list, only 3 Indians were given a place. Two of them are our First Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Past Prime Minister and daughter of Mr.Nehru, Mrs.Indira Gandhi. We are proud of them and their inclusion does not surprise us.

Not many know about the THIRD Indian included in the above prestigious List. He is MR.SANTHANU SRIVATSAV. He has been included in the list for strengthening the Indo-Vietnam Commerce. In an interview in Mumbai on a visit to India, he narrates as under the journey so far:

“Then my age was about 20 years. In 1982, the memories are still evergreen. Having finished Mechinal Engineering in IIT, I was deputed to work in the Indian Consulate, Vietnam for 6 months. That was my first trip abroad and one could imagine the anxiety, enthusiasm of youth. On landing in Hanoi Airport, I was perplexed that none from the embassy came to receive me. No taxis too. The whole airport was almost empty. Airport is getting closed for the day. At that time, a Vietnamese was kind enough to intervene and helped me to reach the embassy. He had worked in Embassy-Vietnam in Delhi, it seems. There was no electricity in the office and I had to manage only with Candles. I had stayed in the embassy itself. Life was very tough to go by and the message of extension of my term to 6 years was a bolt from the blue. But I was determined to convert it as a blessing in disguise. Eventhough Vietnam was torn by war, the people are courageous, hardworking and patriotic. During that time, my salary was very less and I use to manage with only noodles as food and stayed in a small hotel.

In that critical situation, I got an association of a Singapore based businessman with whom I started a partnership business venture. I had resigned my job and our family was reluctant to take up business as our clan are educationalists. Ours was the first Non-resident organization and now many things have changed in these 25 years for the good. Many Indian companies have set foot in Vietnam but no Vietnamese company in India.

Hence, I have now planned to open branches in India. THANK YOU VIETNAM for honouring me”

Fittingly, Government of India has honored Mr.Santhanu Srivatsav with the Best NRI Award for 2007. His company’s turnover is about INR 4000 crores.

We salute Mr.Santhanu Srivatsav for keeping our Indian Flag high in Vietnam skies !!! Hats off to you, Sir !!

(Courtesy:”Dhinamalar” 13/12/2007)

Wishes from BESTNRI team !