This blog-post is a typical criticizing of the Information technology (IT) sector, where the author goes on bashing the IT has the main reason for the downfall in our country but with proper reasoning. Though I work in one of the Multi-National Companies (MNC) that come under the IT Sector, I would like to tear this article down from the inside to the out with my experiences inside the IT office and from the travelling experiences I have had in a while.
As the article title suggests, I am going to blabber and reason about how the IT has affected other sectors in India. Information technology might be a boom for India, since it bought all the technology jobs to India – it has served many companies and people alike enriching them with money and experiences. Indians have been proud to carry out this work, at get paid well compared to the other sectors of India. The Raise of IT has been phenomenal with double digit growths in India for most of the companies and the sector. Politicians and Thinkers alike are not seeing the silent daemon in IT, it is a whitewash to the ambitions of a country to grow in equilibrium through other sectors.
Starting of with the Talent Pool, Indians have always played safely from time immemorial with respect to how they lead their life’s. Indians have never been pushed to the brink except perhaps during the droughts in the 60s and during pre-independence. With salaries that are highest in every other sectors, the best talents in the large talent pool of India have fixated on joining the IT sector for the salary. Though the person might not be talented in anyway with respect to computers, he might as well be a talent in mechanical engineering – but he still joins IT sector. With lot of buzz around in media and online on several websites about the job prospects – it is sure for any college going teenager to turn his heads to IT rather than doing anything exciting in other sectors. Hence the talent have gone settled in IT sector, it would have been good if they did something really good in IT – but that has not been the case. Talented people are being wasted in IT by allocating them to clerical work which is usually due to the back-office nature of work that indian companies recieve through the outsourced projects from western countries. Believe me, I have worked in an Indian IT company – it is just the conditional statements that needs to be changed to finish the projects. Since the talent pool is lost in this transition, we will never be able to inspire the younger generation with the kind of work we do – very unlike the work that our fathers used to do in Civil Engineering and as Scientists at various Insitutes.
One more big reason that IT has ruined other sectors – it is the business class; parents of the IT employee have stopped taking risks with projects. Hearing stories from friends whose fathers were working in small shops like fabrication and welding shops. These fathers have completely stopped taking risks and stayed at home by depending on the son/daughters salary. This has led to outsourcing of manufacturing sectors to china and other south asian countries – we are loosing the edge in manufacturing. Their is one more scenario, where these parents are no longer concerned with quality of products – thus the supply of the products has gone down in a huge manner in the consumer and business customers. This Indirect effect is not felt in daily life; but you will come across the change over a large period of times. Just have your ears over to friends who have a story to tell and then ask them about the present scenario.
Some people have started seeing IT has the magic bullet in most of the industries and are waiting for IT to magically give them solutions to problems. Other sectors need to see IT has partner in most of its problems and not grow huge dependencies on it. There are several other improvements that these other sectors have neglected and hope IT is the answer to most of their problems. IT is just another addition to humans arsenal of weapons to get more productive. These other sectors need to learn that IT is not going to give them all the answers and they need to push themselves in various other sectors too, if they need to succeed in their life.
Hoping that people wash their faces of IT and know potentialities in other sectors. Their cant be a single elephant in a zoo, you would need lot of other animals to entertain the world. Elephant is good, but it wont solve all the problems in the world. Indian government need to push other sectors towards double digit growth and not just the IT sector in order to have 7-8 % GDP growth in our nation.