Saturday, November 11, 2006
The loss of diversity that comes with outsourcing...
- I think you would do well to understand a bit more about India before taking entrenched positions based on the diversity argument. To refer to a country that is a melting pot of hundreds of cultures and religions and has 24 official languages as lacking diversity is not showing your 'research' credentials in very good light.
My original post was on diversity as measured from an EEOC perspective which includes race, religion, nationality, color of skin, gender, sexual preference and so on. Your response to language is interesting but not relevant. Likewise, taking the notion of culture outside of the dimension in which I asked is dishonest.
If folks from outsourcing firms have any integrity, here are ten questions that I defy anyone residing in India to respond to with facts while refraining from throwing daggers:
- The government of India states that the country has approximately a 20% population which practices Islam. Should outsourcing firms make any effort to ensure that their staff has a closer makeup to the general population? Would anyone care to publish their own firms numbers (facts) in this regard?
- Over 50% of the population of India is women which tracks with the numbers in America. Maybe you could tell me the percentage of women that work for Indian outsourcing firms that have reached an executive rank? If percentages don't work, simply produce a count
- In India, how many people of Hispanic or other descent are gainfully employed by your firm?
- Caste based discrimination is in many respects worse than either slavery or Apartheid. Do you think the West should take a significant position against it because it otherwise falls outside of our own definitions because of race and ethnicity?
- From a statistical perspective, do folks from upper Castes (Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, etc) still maintain a superior position from an economic perspective?
- Could you name any high-ranking government officials that are from the Sudras or Dalits?
- Should American firms take the high ground and avoid hiring individuals who pretend they are from another country in a call center setting so as to deceive their own customer base which may compromise brand?
- Have you seen this site?. Are Indian firms guilty of promoting such wages causing the exploitation of both folks from India as well as the loss of job opportunities here?
- Do you think that outsourcing hasn't resulted in cost savings for many US firms has been primarily do to the inability to attract the right talent (not just the right diploma/degree/credential)?
- With so many IT employees in India, why do their employers surpress them from blogging?
FYI. I have family of Indian descent so don't get it twisted and think that I am attacking all Indian blood. Simply need for certain truths to be spoken. If the gaps are acknowledged then the world will become a better place with open, honest dialog...
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