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Why do we Indians short-sell ourselves? This kind of working (for meagre
wages) debases the image of the community as a whole.
NKB Kadambi

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British IT workers want Indians to go home

RASHMEE Z AHMED
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TIMES NEWS NETWORK [ FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2002 6:45:06 PM ]
<<...OLE_Obj...>>
LONDON: "Indians, go home" is the mutinous cry from scores of unemployed
British infotech workers as the computer chips appear finally and suddenly -
to go down for brainy techno-specialists from the sub-continent.

Two years after Britain and Germany created elaborate green card-style visa
schemes to welcome them in, Indian IT specialists stand accused of offering
cut-price work deals that unfairly put wellqualified natives out of work.

"We're not afraid of competition, but we will complain about unfair
competition, which is what is coming from Silicon India Incorporated,"
argues Philip Ross, an unemployed computer specialist who conducted a survey
on Britain's unwanted Indian guest workers for the 14,000-member
Professional Contractors Group, the UK's largest trade body for the
knowledge economy.

Ross, who claims that Indians are implicated in most of the 50 retrenchment
cases investigated by his organisation so far, told this The Times of India,
"we're not Little Englanders but Britain's skills shortage has been hyped up
and we're not as badly off as we thought we were".

The message is loud and clear: Indians go home and stay home.

Analysts say it is a seductive sob story and one that will increasingly be
heard across a recessionary Europe, with its lengthening dole queues and
monotonously regular retrenchment announcements.

But it strikes a jarring note. Britain-based Indian workers say they are
appalled at the unfairness of it all. "It's not true, there is a lot we
offer that they can't do," says Rajat Ray, head of marketing at Wipro
Systems in the English city of Reading.

Adds E Raghavan, from Hyderabad, "I can honestly say the work I do is
superior to what an Englishman would".

So is the honeymoon really over, just months after Britain proudly announced
it had granted 11,474 fast-track work permits to Indians in the year till
April 2001.

Perhaps. British minister Lord Rooker has responded encouragingly to the
allegations against Indians, promising to examine the evidence and take
action if required.

The government is now studying a dossier, given it by the PCG, which
originally co-ordinated with ministers to identify IT jobs needing overseas
assistance from countries like India. The dossier, says Ross grimly, is
complete and persuasive, with full names and case studies.

Several British IT workers, who request anonymity, say the Indians are not
only doing the same jobs but undercutting prices as well to stay ahead of
the competition.

Ross explains the fears as partly brought on by the hardsell of "Silicon
India's government, which offers tax breaks to IT exports and services". He
says the Indians are able to charge less because they stay in Britain for
just an initial tax-free six months and are further helped by paying no tax
back home in India.

In effect, the PCG's 14,000 members are lobbying for Britain's fast-track,
quota-free visa system for Indian IT wallahs to be slowed and made stricter.

Till recently, British ministers were regularly touring Bangalore and
inviting Indians to fly the flag for Britain's aspirational knowledge
economy empire.

Indians are "wealth creators" one minister had raved. Another offered an
'innovators' scheme" for India's ideas men.

But the marathon lovefest is souring with the fuss about mobile Indian
anoraks, peddling clever computer programmes and reduced-fee solutions.



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<P><B><FONT FACE=3D"Times New Roman">Why do we Indians short-sell =
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RASHMEE Z AHMED<BR>
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<BR><FONT FACE=3D"Times New Roman">LONDON: &quot;Indians, go home&quot; =
is the mutinous cry from scores of unemployed British infotech workers =
as the computer chips appear finally and suddenly - to go down for =
brainy techno-specialists from the sub-continent.<BR>
<BR>
Two years after Britain and Germany created elaborate green card-style =
visa schemes to welcome them in, Indian IT specialists stand accused of =
offering cut-price work deals that unfairly put wellqualified natives =
out of work.<BR>
<BR>
&quot;We're not afraid of competition, but we will complain about =
unfair competition, which is what is coming from Silicon India =
Incorporated,&quot; argues Philip Ross, an unemployed computer =
specialist who conducted a survey on Britain's unwanted Indian guest =
workers for the 14,000-member Professional Contractors Group, the UK's =
largest trade body for the knowledge economy.<BR>
<BR>
Ross, who claims that Indians are implicated in most of the 50 =
retrenchment cases investigated by his organisation so far, told =
this<I> The Times of India</I>, &quot;we're not Little Englanders but =
Britain's skills shortage has been hyped up and we're not as badly off =
as we thought we were&quot;.<BR>
<BR>
The message is loud and clear: Indians go home and stay home.<BR>
<BR>
Analysts say it is a seductive sob story and one that will increasingly =
be heard across a recessionary Europe, with its lengthening dole queues =
and monotonously regular retrenchment announcements.<BR>
<BR>
But it strikes a jarring note. Britain-based Indian workers say they =
are appalled at the unfairness of it all. &quot;It's not true, there is =
a lot we offer that they can't do,&quot; says Rajat Ray, head of =
marketing at Wipro Systems in the English city of Reading.<BR>
<BR>
Adds E Raghavan, from Hyderabad, &quot;I can honestly say the work I do =
is superior to what an Englishman would&quot;.<BR>
<BR>
So is the honeymoon really over, just months after Britain proudly =
announced it had granted 11,474 fast-track work permits to Indians in =
the year till April 2001.<BR>
<BR>
Perhaps. British minister Lord Rooker has responded encouragingly to =
the allegations against Indians, promising to examine the evidence and =
take action if required.<BR>
<BR>
The government is now studying a dossier, given it by the PCG, which =
originally co-ordinated with ministers to identify IT jobs needing =
overseas assistance from countries like India. The dossier, says Ross =
grimly, is complete and persuasive, with full names and case =
studies.<BR>
<BR>
Several British IT workers, who request anonymity, say the Indians are =
not only doing the same jobs but undercutting prices as well to stay =
ahead of the competition.<BR>
<BR>
Ross explains the fears as partly brought on by the hardsell of =
&quot;Silicon India's government, which offers tax breaks to IT exports =
and services&quot;. He says the Indians are able to charge less because =
they stay in Britain for just an initial tax-free six months and are =
further helped by paying no tax back home in India.<BR>
<BR>
In effect, the PCG's 14,000 members are lobbying for Britain's =
fast-track, quota-free visa system for Indian IT wallahs to be slowed =
and made stricter.<BR>
<BR>
Till recently, British ministers were regularly touring Bangalore and =
inviting Indians to fly the flag for Britain's aspirational knowledge =
economy empire.<BR>
<BR>
Indians are &quot;wealth creators&quot; one minister had raved. Another =
offered an 'innovators' scheme&quot; for India's ideas men.<BR>
<BR>
But the marathon lovefest is souring with the fuss about mobile Indian =
anoraks, peddling clever computer programmes and reduced-fee =
solutions.<BR>
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<DIV>Why do we Indians short-sell ourselves? This kind of working (for
meagre<BR>wages) debases the image of the community as a whole.<BR>NKB
Kadambi<BR><BR><A
href="http://www.timesofindia.com/Articleshow.asp?art_id=1077576";>http://www
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IT workers want Indians to go home <BR><BR>RASHMEE Z
AHMED<BR>&nbsp;&lt;&lt;...OLE_Obj...&gt;&gt; <BR>TIMES NEWS NETWORK [
FRIDAY,
FEBRUARY 15, 2002 6:45:06 PM ]&nbsp; <BR>&lt;&lt;...OLE_Obj...&gt;&gt;
<BR>LONDON: "Indians, go home" is the mutinous cry from scores of
unemployed<BR>British infotech workers as the computer chips appear finally
and
suddenly -<BR>to go down for brainy techno-specialists from the
sub-continent.<BR><BR>Two years after Britain and Germany created elaborate
green card-style visa<BR>schemes to welcome them in, Indian IT specialists
stand
accused of offering<BR>cut-price work deals that unfairly put wellqualified
natives out of work.<BR><BR>"We're not afraid of competition, but we will
complain about unfair<BR>competition, which is what is coming from Silicon
India
Incorporated,"<BR>argues Philip Ross, an unemployed computer specialist who
conducted a survey<BR>on Britain's unwanted Indian guest workers for the
14,000-member<BR>Professional Contractors Group, the UK's largest trade body
for
the<BR>knowledge economy.<BR><BR>Ross, who claims that Indians are
implicated in
most of the 50 retrenchment<BR>cases investigated by his organisation so
far,
told this The Times of India,<BR>"we're not Little Englanders but Britain's
skills shortage has been hyped up<BR>and we're not as badly off as we
thought we
were".<BR><BR>The message is loud and clear: Indians go home and stay home.
<BR><BR>Analysts say it is a seductive sob story and one that will
increasingly
be<BR>heard across a recessionary Europe, with its lengthening dole queues
and<BR>monotonously regular retrenchment announcements.<BR><BR>But it
strikes a
jarring note. Britain-based Indian workers say they are<BR>appalled at the
unfairness of it all. "It's not true, there is a lot we<BR>offer that they
can't
do," says Rajat Ray, head of marketing at Wipro<BR>Systems in the English
city
of Reading.<BR><BR>Adds E Raghavan, from Hyderabad, "I can honestly say the
work
I do is<BR>superior to what an Englishman would".<BR><BR>So is the honeymoon
really over, just months after Britain proudly announced<BR>it had granted
11,474 fast-track work permits to Indians in the year till<BR>April
2001.<BR><BR>Perhaps. British minister Lord Rooker has responded
encouragingly
to the<BR>allegations against Indians, promising to examine the evidence and
take<BR>action if required. <BR><BR>The government is now studying a
dossier,
given it by the PCG, which<BR>originally co-ordinated with ministers to
identify
IT jobs needing overseas<BR>assistance from countries like India. The
dossier,
says Ross grimly, is<BR>complete and persuasive, with full names and case
studies.<BR><BR>Several British IT workers, who request anonymity, say the
Indians are not<BR>only doing the same jobs but undercutting prices as well
to
stay ahead of<BR>the competition. <BR><BR>Ross explains the fears as partly
brought on by the hardsell of "Silicon<BR>India's government, which offers
tax
breaks to IT exports and services". He<BR>says the Indians are able to
charge
less because they stay in Britain for<BR>just an initial tax-free six months
and
are further helped by paying no tax<BR>back home in India.<BR><BR>In effect,
the
PCG's 14,000 members are lobbying for Britain's fast-track,<BR>quota-free
visa
system for Indian IT wallahs to be slowed and made stricter.<BR><BR>Till
recently, British ministers were regularly touring Bangalore and<BR>inviting
Indians to fly the flag for Britain's aspirational knowledge<BR>economy
empire.<BR><BR>Indians are "wealth creators" one minister had raved. Another
offered an<BR>'innovators' scheme" for India's ideas men.<BR><BR>But the
marathon lovefest is souring with the fuss about mobile Indian<BR>anoraks,
peddling clever computer programmes and reduced-fee
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&amp;quot;Indians, go home&amp;quot; =<BR>is the mutinous cry from scores of
unemployed British infotech workers =<BR>as the computer chips appear
finally
and suddenly - to go down for =<BR>brainy techno-specialists from the
sub-continent.&lt;BR&gt;<BR>&lt;BR&gt;<BR>Two years after Britain and
Germany
created elaborate green card-style =<BR>visa schemes to welcome them in,
Indian
IT specialists stand accused of =<BR>offering cut-price work deals that
unfairly
put wellqualified natives =<BR>out of
work.&lt;BR&gt;<BR>&lt;BR&gt;<BR>&amp;quot;We're not afraid of competition,
but
we will complain about =<BR>unfair competition, which is what is coming from
Silicon India =<BR>Incorporated,&amp;quot; argues Philip Ross, an unemployed
computer =<BR>specialist who conducted a survey on Britain's unwanted Indian
guest =<BR>workers for the 14,000-member Professional Contractors Group, the
UK's =<BR>largest trade body for the knowledge
economy.&lt;BR&gt;<BR>&lt;BR&gt;<BR>Ross, who claims that Indians are
implicated
in most of the 50 =<BR>retrenchment cases investigated by his organisation
so
far, told =<BR>this&lt;I&gt; The Times of India&lt;/I&gt;, &amp;quot;we're
not
Little Englanders but =<BR>Britain's skills shortage has been hyped up and
we're
not as badly off =<BR>as we thought we
were&amp;quot;.&lt;BR&gt;<BR>&lt;BR&gt;<BR>The message is loud and clear:
Indians go home and stay home.&lt;BR&gt;<BR>&lt;BR&gt;<BR>Analysts say it is
a
seductive sob story and one that will increasingly =<BR>be heard across a
recessionary Europe, with its lengthening dole queues =<BR>and monotonously
regular retrenchment announcements.&lt;BR&gt;<BR>&lt;BR&gt;<BR>But it
strikes a
jarring note. Britain-based Indian workers say they =<BR>are appalled at the
unfairness of it all. &amp;quot;It's not true, there is =<BR>a lot we offer
that
they can't do,&amp;quot; says Rajat Ray, head of =<BR>marketing at Wipro
Systems
in the English city of Reading.&lt;BR&gt;<BR>&lt;BR&gt;<BR>Adds E Raghavan,
from
Hyderabad, &amp;quot;I can honestly say the work I do =<BR>is superior to
what
an Englishman would&amp;quot;.&lt;BR&gt;<BR>&lt;BR&gt;<BR>So is the
honeymoon
really over, just months after Britain proudly =<BR>announced it had granted
11,474 fast-track work permits to Indians in =<BR>the year till April
2001.&lt;BR&gt;<BR>&lt;BR&gt;<BR>Perhaps. British minister Lord Rooker has
responded encouragingly to =<BR>the allegations against Indians, promising
to
examine the evidence and =<BR>take action if
required.&lt;BR&gt;<BR>&lt;BR&gt;<BR>The government is now studying a
dossier,
given it by the PCG, which =<BR>originally co-ordinated with ministers to
identify IT jobs needing =<BR>overseas assistance from countries like India.
The
dossier, says Ross =<BR>grimly, is complete and persuasive, with full names
and
case =<BR>studies.&lt;BR&gt;<BR>&lt;BR&gt;<BR>Several British IT workers,
who
request anonymity, say the Indians are =<BR>not only doing the same jobs but
undercutting prices as well to stay =<BR>ahead of the
competition.&lt;BR&gt;<BR>&lt;BR&gt;<BR>Ross explains the fears as partly
brought on by the hardsell of =<BR>&amp;quot;Silicon India's government,
which
offers tax breaks to IT exports =<BR>and services&amp;quot;. He says the
Indians
are able to charge less because =<BR>they stay in Britain for just an
initial
tax-free six months and are =<BR>further helped by paying no tax back home
in
India.&lt;BR&gt;<BR>&lt;BR&gt;<BR>In effect, the PCG's 14,000 members are
lobbying for Britain's =<BR>fast-track, quota-free visa system for Indian IT
wallahs to be slowed =<BR>and made stricter.&lt;BR&gt;<BR>&lt;BR&gt;<BR>Till
recently, British ministers were regularly touring Bangalore and
=<BR>inviting
Indians to fly the flag for Britain's aspirational knowledge =<BR>economy
empire.&lt;BR&gt;<BR>&lt;BR&gt;<BR>Indians are &amp;quot;wealth
creators&amp;quot; one minister had raved. Another =<BR>offered an
'innovators'
scheme&amp;quot; for India's ideas men.&lt;BR&gt;<BR>&lt;BR&gt;<BR>But the
marathon lovefest is souring with the fuss about mobile Indian =<BR>anoraks,
peddling clever computer programmes and reduced-fee
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