OPINION

A Tale of Two Countries

December 01, 2008
Neelakantan

Two countries. Separated by about 24 hours at their (official) birth, both countries have taken a different path.

Over more than 60 years of independence, both countries have advanced, in slightly different directions though. Today, both the countries use the abundant manpower available with them. They have set up industries from scratch with barely any foreign assistance. Today they are renowned across the globe for their industries. Global interns are keen to work in these enterprises and it is a talent magnet from around the world. The training centres are huge and require considerable investment. Selection procedures are tough and require a decent level of motivation. Both countries have access to the latest communication systems including Blackberries which they use for effective project management. Some projects bomb, but they take in their stride. Clients and vendors are global, as has to be the case whenever the projects of large of such nature. Billing can be upfront or milestone based and can be paid in almost any currency. Many of these companies have operations in other parts of the world - both acquired and organically grown - which allow for a certain degree of operational independence from the headquarters (and plausible deniability if required). A company needs to have, preferably, multiple training centres, offices and enough back up and risk planning capability. It is also important that they are located in catchment areas for the labour. And recruitment centers for have to staffed with local experience. Campus recruitment is ideal though laterals are hired too...The industries that these countries offer expertise in, is considerably mature today...

But in those common paths, there is a distinct difference. Like the by now cliched story of Bollywood movies with twins separated at birth the story of these two countries is remarkably different.

Today, one country is the epicentre of global terrorism outsourcing and another one is the epicentre of global technology outsourcing. Just as every single terror attack big or small finds a linkage in Pakistan, almost every single IT product big or small has some Indian connection.

Without the terror and the technology part, you will actually not see any difference - both of these countries used globalization for entirely different aims. Which goes on to show, each of these countries could have swapped paths or could have used it in a synergistic manner.

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#1
Sanjay
December 1, 2008
07:42 PM

"Without the terror and the technology part, you will actually not see any difference - both of these countries used globalization for entirely different aims. Which goes on to show, each of these countries could have swapped paths or could have used it in a synergistic manner."

What are you talking about?? You seem to be playing a game of moral equivalency, here. You're saying that India could have just as easily ended up practicing terrorism like Pakistan?? When has any indigenous Indian cultural group conquered foreign lands?? Next you'll be telling me that ancient Hindus could have just as easily invaded the Middle East, like the Arabs and Afghans invaded India. What a crock.

You don't see Pakistan as a key supplier of SenderoLuminoso(ShiningPath) guerrillas in Peru, or guerrillas in Eritrea. Pakistanis fight for ISLAMIC causes, and not just any old terror war.

Pakistan is an epicentre of ISLAMISM, of which TERRORISM is only one sub-component. They also offer their international propagandist and theological-ideological services, eg.:

-Deobandism (originally from UP but appropriated by them)
-Wahhabism (originally from Saudi but appropriated by them)
-Madrassas
-founding member of OIC
-Islamic Nuclear Bomb
-Most Islamist activist/media/lobby groups are led by Pakistanis, if not Indian Muslims

So the Pakistanis are mainly offering up their Islamic ideological skills for outsourcing, and not just opening up their terror training camps for any old person who wants it.

India, by contrast, is a global business partner for technology. India will offer its tech services to anybody who wants it, irrespective of how Hindu they are, or how Muslim they are, or how Christian they are, or how Chinese they are, or how whatever they are.

India's global business strategy has no ethnic biases, in glaring contrast to Pakistan's black market trade in terror, nukes, hawala, opium, etc.
Pakistan is forged on sectarian identity, and certainly its sectarian agenda guides everything it does.

#2
Chandra
December 1, 2008
08:02 PM

Neel

Well written...:-)

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