I always thought that China would take over the world, and we would have to undergo repression, discrimination, and work for them. But, the reality is much nicer — for those of us who like samosa and chai. Infosys of India is training American workers. American recent graduates will fly to India for six months of training, and then go back to their back offices in the states. Everything in outsourcing is reversed now.
But, India leads the world of spirituality and technology to some extent now. Many salaries for programmers are actually higher in India than in America. Many Lucky (smart) Indians are returning home to enjoy salaries in excess of US$100,000 per year. Of course, most salaries are nowhere near that amount in the IT industry, but these high paying jobs are sprouting up in India more and more.
Meanwhile, at Tata, another huge Indian company, they have 5000 workers in Brazil, Chile and Uruguay of all places. Cognizant has opened back offices in Phoenix and Shanghai. A few companies in India have opened call centers in the Philippines too.
When I talk to narrow-minded people who are anti-outsourcing, I always stress that any small store in India sells 80% American products. Shampoos, soaps, laundry detergent, and other small items sold in mini-stores in India seem to be made by American companies. Try spending an hour in Bangalore without seeing a Citibank, Subway, KFC, and other American businesses. We are part of a global economy and currents flow both ways.
Japan has also capitalized on American labor with Toyota opening many plants throughout the United States. So, reverse outsourcing is a way of the future. There is hope for America. India will give us a job — and hopefully a samosa break too.
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