saravana wrote:I think this is the crux of it: Are jobs commodified like products and services? If products can move between boundaries subject to trade laws and agreements, why are jobs treated separately? Both involve livelihood of people in different countries. I don't think every person in US who works with Coca-Cola loves India but profit from the sales here. The same with IT guys benefiting from US though am not sure how many people in India hate the US. Though I agree with you that it is not easy in the US as well, a job loss is a job loss where it is. And since it is a zero sum game, people who lost their jobs to Indians would be understandably pissed off. It is a painful thing overall.
am not going to display of arrogance because I have seen it both ways, typically it is the guys who have low social graces who do this way.
My point is that I have seen many IT people in India take in jobs from the US to India, but seem shocked when jobs leave India for the very same reason that they came to India in the first place. The reason is simple, cheap labor. I think India has not made good progress moving from a cheap labor destination, into developing into a true IT power with new products and direction. It's mostly doing backend work that the US hands out (with some exceptions). How else can one justify INFY and TCS going "we will hire 25000 people this year!" every year?
Indian IT people hating the US is slightly different, they seem to think that they are pulling a fast one on the US/Americans. "ha ha we stole all your jobs!" kind of mindset. This is very dangerous as we now see. One TCS fellow would gleefully tell me how some groups are trying to get social security that they pay to be refunded back. Many work in US companies, but are thrilled when the US has some bad economic news. Another chance to gloat about India shining.
I am not sure I agree with the last line, I have seen people across different strata behave this way. I think it is more prevalent in the middle to upper middle class who had a decent life, but now think they can compete with the toys that people in the West have. The lower middle class people seem to be more thankful to have a better life, but this is just my impression.
All in all, maybe people are just naive, not cunning. They think they can get something for nothing.