Monday, March 26, 2007
India, Outsourcing and Morality
If you aren't familiar with Vandana Shiva, you need to be. She has devoted her life to fighting for the rights of ordinary people in India. She argues with clarity and commitment - defending her views with an array of well-marshaled statistics and examples. Vandana believes that Western society is mesmerized by a dangerous and pervasive myth: the belief that economic growth and the power of technology will inevitably combine to relieve mass poverty.
She has statistics that support that India based outsourcing firms actually harm the masses of folks in India with the benefit going only to a handful. I wonder what it would take for folks that work for Wipro, TCS, Infosys and others in India to put her on blast.
People are poor if they have to purchase their basic needs at high prices no matter how much income they make. Take the case of India. Because of cheap food and fibre being dumped by developed nations and lessened trade protections enacted by the government, farm prices in India are tumbling, which means that the country’s peasants are losing $26 billion U.S. each year. Unable to survive under these new economic conditions, many peasants are now poverty-stricken and thousands commit suicide each year. Elsewhere in the world, drinking water is privatised so that corporations can now profit to the tune of $1 trillion U.S. a year by selling an essential resource to the poor that was once free.
To put my money where my mouth is, I will donate $5 to the Global Fund for Children for each unique trackback to this blog entry received within the next week that originates from a blogger based in India. Additionally, I will contribute $20 for each blogger that is ranked by technorati that does the same. I will throw in an additional $50 if James Robertson, Michelle Malkin, Arianna Huffington, Beppe Grillo or Guy Kawasaki provide amplification!
In the meantime, please check out this article and this one and let me know what you think...