Dear MxM by Jaisurya Das: Is there a restriction on Pakistani nationals working in India?

16 Jun,2016

By Jaisurya Das


Ladies and Gentleman, a very warm welcome to this 24th week of 2016!

… and another one bites the dust! This time it’s the enormously popular LinkedIn which has  just been acquired by Microsoft in an all-cash deal. Yet another example of a company that is phenomenally successful yet lacked the energy for the winning lap!

 To be honest, I just don’t understand what prompted them to sell? Was it the immense valuation or just the fact that they were unable to scale it to the next level of engagement?

 Or did they hit the glass ceiling? Great brand, great community and yet, a not-so-robust revenue model? This is often the biggest hurdle of being a startup that’s not part of a group/ conglomerate in the trade.

 You have a great idea and a super set of people and the next thing you know, you’re in business…  till a few years down the line when you come to what I call a crunching halt. Then starts the rumination.

 How do I go from here? Well, as the Cheshire cat would have remarked: It all depends on where you want to go. And if you don’t have the answer to that, then it really doesn’t matter which way you go.

 I guess this is what new-age business is all about. Often, just a germ of an idea that grows into a huge enterprise built on virtually nothing but people and emotion. All the rest is an aura that balloons’ around the brand and the community that it bonds.

A virtual paradise that is a treat for the eye. But what next?

 It’s critical that the scaling up is well strategised through the best days of the brand in order to create a robust plan that the founders can go back to when their brand hits glass!

 Do not wait for the brand to stabilise to work on your next phase. Remember, in today’s age and time, stability is merely another word among the millions you will find in a dictionary.

Before I get even more profound, it may be sensible to move on to the Q&A for the week.

A special welcome to our readers from Karachi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad with their questions.


Sir, have you had a situation where you have not received any questions. Or they are all trashy? Or are repeats? What do you do then?

Thanks for writing in to us, albeit the tricky questions. To be honest we did face a situation such during the column’s early days this season. It can be particularly frustrating to have questions and yet realise they just don’t make the cut for our column. It’s not so much the language and style that bothers us; Its the depth and genuinely of the concern that we look for.


We are fortunate that we have built a good bank of questions over the past 6 months and hence a stray bad week isn’t really that bad for us. Thanks to our readers, we add to this bank week after week. Urgent questions are addressed in the following week’s column.


Yes, we need to edit the questions quite often for reasons of grammar and length etc, but that is acceptable. Repeats are avoided as far as possible, though 1-2 may slip once every few weeks


since its not always possible to check back with archives to avoid duplication. Yet, we do our best to run a search over the previous 6 columns to prevent this.


We do hope we have been able to satisfactorily address your ‘AK47 modelled’ queries.

Keep shooting… ! Jai Hind.


There is only one other other organisation that’s better than mine in my field of marketing analytics, and my ex-boyfriend works there. I don’t know what to do? Can you help him get a job? Or me another job?

Oh boy! This week’s questions are sure testing this ‘Agony Uncle’…!


Well, I don’t really envy you. What do you get when you attempt to consciously blend your personal and professional life ? Invariably a heady concoction of confusion and unhappiness.

Tread cautiously young lady.


This is your career, and opportunities need to be grabbed as and when they are in sight. The world isn’t going to be waiting for you to sort your personal differences. You exist in a corporate environment for a specific task and responsibility, and this is the only thing that you need to be concerned about.


Focus on work and allow your heart and mind to soar above these personal issues..


Do not fall prey to emotion, and sacrifice what could turn out to be a great career move. And yes, if your ex-boyfriend cares/ cared for your well being,am sure he would think the same way.


Go for it! I wouldn’t be surprised if you guys become the best of friends and colleagues in this process of growing beyond trivia. I wish you all the best for your new port of call.


Sir, recently I had two job offers – one from an ad agency and another from a leading marketer. The marketer was willing to pay me 1.75x of what the ad agency offered.

Why such a wide gap between the two?

Oh really! Its tough to land one offer nowadays, so two is brilliant! Congratulations to you my friend. So,which one did you take?


Coming back to your question. There could be several reasons for this including the imminent need for someone with your skill sets.This is normally a major driver when it comes to making an offer, as urgency then comes into play. Besides that, scales vary from organisation to organisation and there is very little standardisation, besides the obvious components and some entry level parity.


Advertising agencies are not known to be great pay masters at the entry and junior levels and yet a great training ground if it boasts of the right leaders.I guess the lower salary is the price you pay for a good mentor and great exposure.


It’s also important to differentiate between marketing and sales as often this line is blurred by the slapping of revenue targets onto everyone, including the brand team.Hence its important to check the detailed job description and the components of your offer. Variable pay today forms a significant part of the compensation package in a lot of companies, and hence this gap you refer to could be a by-product of this.


My personal advice would be to focus on the role and the work environment that is to provide you with learning and growth. The salary shouldn’t be your primary driver lest you end up with a fat wallet and terrible work! Be well and do justice to whichever company you join. God Bless.


Hello, I am from Karachi, Pakistan. Is there a restriction on Pakistani nationals working in India? I have some third and fourth cousins in various parts of India. But is there a restriction of working in the media? Do all Indian journalists HATE Pakistan? Can I just apply?

Welcome to Dear MxM. It’s a great feeling to have readers write in from Pakistan too.


At first, let me assure you that there is no animosity of any kind towards Pakistan in general.


Yes every society has its handful of critics whose sole objective is to find fault, but that isn’t the case with our journalists per se.Hence, please do not harbour any such feelings.


India offers a lot of opportunity to professionals across several streams and welcome people from most geographies including Pakistan. The very fact that several talented Pakistani’s have not only moved to India but also done significantly well in art, cinema, television, music etc exemplifies India’s passion for good talent.


I know the sheer love we share for some of your actors and musicians, and they are all today household names in this country.Why not journalists then?


No, there isn’t any restriction I know off that prevents Pakistani nationals from working in India.


Registration within 24 hours (please check with the embassy on this deadline) of your entering India is necessary and this can be done at the Foreigners Registration Regional Office ( in most cities ) or at your jurisdiction police station.


Once you have the registration,you can apply for a resident visa providing the registration certificate and other documents. More information on this will be available with the Indian embassy who will guide you through the process, which is more or less the same for most nationalities from across the world.


Wait no more,go ahead and apply. All the very best to you!


Jai Hind.


Thank you readers for staying with us week after week. We look forward to your questions and feedback from time to time.


We at Dear MxM try our level best to respond to as many questions possible given the limitation of space and time. Thank you for your understanding.


Wish you a jolly good weekend! Do take good care of yourself. We will be back with you next week, same day, same space. Do keep writing to us at


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Jaisurya Das, the maverick media-evangelist eats, sleeps and romances brands.. His cerebral consulting interventions are aimed at making brands powerful and sustainable. Incidentally he is also a co-founder of Need more information on his work? Do visit, For the record Jd is also the Contributing Editor of The views expressed in this column are his own.


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