A Unique View on Outsourcing

I usually reserve my political views for my other weblog at Berkeley Life is a Random Draw (sadly no longer existent.) I am calling a time-out and I will post one personal opinion on a matter that is not directly related to economic development. I received a heads-up from Prakash Swaminathan about a rediff.com article Outsource to India, without compromising US interests by one Mr. John Laxmi.

The article is astonishing and is a must read.

John Laxmi epitomizes what Martin Luther King Jr called a “house nigger.” Flogging the field niggers – slaves who work in the fields – mercilessly and mostly for imagined transgressions, the house nigger gets the kitchen scraps and gets to listen in on the conversations of the masters. The house nigger feels that the harder he flogs the field niggers, the more loyalty he demonstrates towards the master.

John Laxmi’s piece is priceless. I stand in awe of the mastery he has displayed in demonstrating that house niggers still exit even though slavery has long been abolished in the US.

Here is just a few lashes of the recent flogging by chief house nigger John Laxmi, for the record:

But, you say, India is not Saudi Arabia or China. India is a democracy. Indians speak English; they eat pizza and wear jeans. Once we get past these superficialities, however, we find that India is not a country we would readily pick as our strategic business partner.

Although India has been coddling up to the West in recent years, Indians have long been inimical to Western ideas, technology, liberal principles and modernity. Allying itself with the Soviet Union, India labeled itself the leader of the so-called nonaligned movement, and habitually hectored the US at the United Nations.

India continues to tolerate large-scale piracy of intellectual property, from books to movies to high technology products.

India is praised for its English-style laws, but the Indian government blatantly reneged on its contract with the largest power plant built by American investors. The Indian government has failed to distribute equitably among its own citizens the large extortive penalty collected from Union Carbide for the Bhopal accident. In the 1970s, India drove IBM and Coke out of the country for refusing to pay political ransom.

If you dismiss all this as irrelevant baggage from India’s past, the current Indian government shows no clear principles either. The leading party in India’s governing NDA coalition is the Bharatiya Janata Party, which rose to power by blatantly exploiting and advocating virulent and fanatical Hindu-first sentiments. The people of India are poised to give this party a larger mandate at national elections scheduled this month.

3 thoughts on “A Unique View on Outsourcing

  1. Nitin Friday April 2, 2004 / 2:40 pm

    Extremely well put, Atanu. Peddling their views while piddling in their own ponds.


  2. Amit Saturday April 3, 2004 / 2:24 am

    Well he should then stop doing a lot of things. The electric toothbrush he uses is possibly manufactured in China, the cereal he eats is made from raw material from Russia, India, Brazil or China, the clothes he wears is made somewhere in Asia, or the latin american countries, computer he uses to type is using components from Taiwan, korea, and is assembled in China. The list goes on.

    His face in the sand attitude is antique, the reality is tight global integration. Wake up Mr. Laxmi (btw the name sounds Indian, no? :- )


  3. Prashant Mullick Monday April 5, 2004 / 9:37 pm

    The author John Laxmi also writes, ” …First, we should demand that India must send a meaningful contingent of troops to help the coalition in Iraq and Afghanistan, meaningful in size and commensurate with the global power Indians think India is becoming. ”

    Firstly, sending a nation’s troops on a mission entirely aimed at satisfying one family’s ego is a folly the United States has committed. Now why would any other self respecting nation want to repeat a blunder like that?

    Secondly, on what basis does supporting this occupation of Iraq become a requirement of proving a nation’s claim to becoming a world leader in anything?

    These are my two questions for Mr. John Laxmi.


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