Saturday, March 21, 2009

The return of the highly paid.

A recent article on rediff and the March 20th copy of India Abroad outlines the reverse migration that is happening and expected to the at the rate of a 100,000 people in the next 5 years. "So immigrants who used to make substantial sacrifices to give their families a better life can achieve their objectives without the sacrifice." Is India shining?

There have been reports, true or not, outlining the problems this reverse migration may have on the technology edge that US has.

However, in the link below, our Foreign Secretary Shri Shiv Shankar Menon says there is nothing Delhi can do about the reverse exodus.
http://business.rediff.com/report/2009/mar/12/h-1b-visa-curbs-india-cannot-do-anything-says-menon.htm

Did India do anything?
When the forward migration happened over the last 20-30 years, while every one cried foul about the best of brains with subsidized education going out, the Indian government only fueled the reverse exodus. More engineering colleges came up in all corners of the country catering to this demand. The result, only the service sector improved producing products and services for consumption in the Occident. The government was not worried about it even one bit.

Is India doing anything?
As of now, another report in rediff claims the secretary of Ministry of Overseas Indian Afffairs to have observed the exodus but it hasn't reached alarming levels yet. So in effect the Indian Government has done nothing.

Should India do something?
Perhaps a reverse migration is like a straw on a camel's back perceives the government. There is enough trouble to cushion this problem perceives the government. But what of each reverse migrator can replace 2-3 jobs? Will the goverment then panic and act? What will they do? Enact some stupid "non-replacement" policy? Most possibly, yes, most desirably no.

So what should we really do?
The Indian market is one of the biggest markets untapped where technology can be put to effective use. The government should perhaps seize this reverse exodus as an opportunity to put technology and engineering to good use within the country. Setting up of infrastructure like power, electricity, running water, community services like schools, hospitals, promoting various other occupations as a need in the society for a community to survive will probably be the best option.

Well said. 30,000 feet above sea level panoraminc view looks good. How do we get to the works of it?

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