Thursday, April 27, 2017



Electricity has changed our life style. We can't imagine life without electricity and data without server. Data collection, data analysis and data storage is the way of modern life. Data is our Aata. Electricity is running out life in all fields. Smart People in AC rooms earn more from the occupations run by electricity than Hard Working Farmers growing grains on earth under the hot Sun. 

Automation coupled with the strict stance of US President Donald Trump on H1-B visas recently has made the Indian IT industry nervous. It has pose a challenge situation before the students or employees of the IT sector from India. Some people question the quality and employability of Indian graduates. On one side technology driven industries and solutions are doing good business and on other side large population is unable to spend $2/day. We shall welcome technology but not at the cost of the growth and employment opportunities of the human resource. 

India is a country with 1.2 billion population, 25% of which go to the educational institutes everyday. Many a time we compare ourselves (HDI, EoDB, etc) with the countries of few million population and argue in favour of bringing more and more advancement in our day to day life. Look at the number of the students in the country: 300 million approximately. Can we teach them the lessons through discussions? All classes are busy in taking notes, writing exams and somehow passing their first 20 years of academic life goody goody.

Over the years, what has happened? We have grown in numbers from 120 million when British arrived, 360 million when they left and now 1.2 billion (1.5 billion if add Pak and Bangla), targeting number 1 position in the world in 2051. The country is facing challenges of stunted and wasted children, anemic females and unskilled unemployable human resource. At the end of the day, it is not matter how rich we are, but that matter how happy we are. We should worry more for the bellies of the country empty without nutritive food and lives living below the quality standard of life. Comforts driven by machine have made us weak physically. My grandfather in early 20th century used to walk 60 kms in one night, but I am unable to walk for 10 kms a day in 21st century. 

Many IT solutions in administration has removed the red tape. Less the human interaction, less the corruption. More the mechanisation, more the accuracy. But when we calculate the cost of the IT, it is more expensive than employing human resource. The cost of hardware, software (on different platform never coordinate like the razor and blade of Gillette), their replacement as they go obsolete frequently, high wages of IT workers (!), and the solutions raising unemployment rate adding cost on the social security budget of the governments.

People in the world are moving to the cities. Nobody is keen to continue with agriculture. Everybody wants to earn through mind and electriculture. All are in search of white collar jobs. 

For whom? For what? For the 10% advanced population or for the 90% common people? It's a complex subject. Economics theory suggests that the country with very high population should follow the concept of "production by masses" instead of run after the "mass production by machines". 

If we stop IT, driver less car/Metro, we may move backward to ancient days. The juice of inventions will stop. Therefore, we shall promote advancement in technology and use their solutions for a better quality of human life. But not at the cost of "Happiness Index of all".

27 April 2017


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