Wednesday, July 30, 2014

India Pushed into a Manhole

Mr. John Kerry is working on pulling India into the global charade, pushing the growing Asian power into accepting World Trade Organization (WTO) reforms.  The powers-that-be tout a bunch of fancy statistics--like 21 million jobs and billions in global savings--in an effort to make the Indian government seem childish, misguided, or just plain stubborn because they have objections.

Is this another ploy by the people running the show or does Indian have something else going on?

The Indian government has been hesitating on this deal, citing numerous concerns about trade rules and domestic restrictions--basically, they're not keen on someone telling them why, how, when, and what to do with their goods and services.  Maybe the newest leadership is more world-savvy, quicker to spot schemes and slower to trust the West.

Here's the thing: the U.S. is a major partner for India and a huge market for its growing, educated, and tech-savvy middle class.  More technology sector jobs, particularly short and long-term contracts, are filled by Indian workers.  American companies continue to invest in India, as well, hinting that the relationship is only going to get stronger.

Indian will be huge!

HUGE, I say, and a key player in regional and global affairs; they have a massive, educated workforce with strong ties to the U.S., particularly with technology.  Arguably, the U.S. has built the Indian economy into the burgeoning market it is today.

Call for customer service on almost anything and chances are you'll be speaking to an Indian fellow named "Tom".  That should be about as surprising as a janitor named Jose.  For Indians, technology-based work seems to be their milieu and they easily outperform Americans in science and mathematics.  We utilize this abundant, less-expensive pool of competent workers who, to employer delights, have less expectation in terms of benefits, pay, and workload.

Maybe this deep connection is pivotal in terms of the global political stage.  Russia and the U.S. are always belligerent (even pulling out old beefs) and China is building rapidly (or being forced to do so).  With two unfriendly powers in the region, India could provide an ally and balance to the uncooperatives.  Whether or not that will translate into military assistance, if needed, is not a proposition I'd gamble on.

Grooming an ally or apprentice?

With India under the globalist wing, the next move will be to thoroughly entwine western economies with the growing Indian markets and workforce.  The WTO opens the door for international laws, some of which will likely interfere with local rules and customs, and multinational corporations will have another labor pool and unwitting populace to exploit.

Is the U.S. looking for another outlet for its own benefit?  How will investing in India, and making sure they supersede us as a global power, benefit the average American?  If technology jobs are outsourced or taken by someone more qualified and less demanding, then how will our next generations build any wealth or career skills?

If India accepts the WTO and strengthens ties with the U.S., perhaps we can see it as America using India as leverage in the region.  Existing hostilities and shifts in power certainly point to India being a key player in the future.  Can the India economy thrive when all the red tape of the WTO clogs the system?

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