Whats wrong with being in IT?

20 Dec

Recently I have seen blogs go after the IT industry. Some of the points raised include blaming IT for all the ills of Bangalore and the fact that IT does not contribute to society (as if all the others do).  Heres some:

1. IT does not produce sportsmen (and why this is important I don’t know)

2. IT does not contribute to improvement in infrastructure (duh !! thats why we pay taxes… or so I thought)
3. IT has not made any effort to improve the  plight of the common man

In the meantime, the newspapers today carry a story about the Lok Ayuktha unearthing Crores of rupees worth of illegally accumulated wealth by Govt servants. Of course you know and I know that nothing will come of it. The Ayuktha is completely toothless to do anything.

Maybe the IT industry is to blame for this as well.

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18 Responses to “Whats wrong with being in IT?”

  1. Mohan December 20, 2007 at 4:19 am #

    They are only providing balance for all the hype the IT industry gets in the English press. Or at least used to, during late 90s and early part of this decade. Neither Churumuri-style IT bashing nor ToI-style IT hyping is justified, in my opinion.

  2. Veena December 20, 2007 at 8:01 am #

    One common thing I see these days is- our elders saying ‘Now a days youngsters don’t realise the value of money /relationship as they get easy money(who said its easy?)’ and IT is the main reason they quote.. but still they are happy when their own kid gets into this field or travels abroad…!

    I don’t say IT is THE only thing, but yes it is one among the good things that happened to India.. and ya, whats wrong with being in IT??..

    ps – Vijay, I beleive IT here is Information Technology and not Income Tax 🙂

  3. | Balu | December 20, 2007 at 9:11 am #

    I kinda agree with the third point.. but the first two are outright ridiculous….
    But on second though the third point is applicable to almost all proffessions!

  4. Cuckoo December 20, 2007 at 10:24 am #

    I don’t agree with any of the pts. Not producing spostrmen? Huh ?
    Had it not been for IT, many small towns would not have been developed into biggies… e.g. Gurgaon, Noida etc.

    Infosys management’s work replies to third point. Giving just one example. There are many.

  5. | Balu | December 20, 2007 at 11:34 am #

    abt the sports part.. i gues what they mean is teher is no sports quota in IT sector.. or is it there.. am not aware atleast!

  6. Vijay December 20, 2007 at 11:34 am #

    @Mohan: Someone alluded to the fact that people go after the IT sector but not after Reliance etc… or maybe the IT guys are too touchy

    @Veena: Right on… when we were in college the only alternative after doing your engineering was to either do your higher studies or join as an apprentice in one of the public sectors.. This has changed.. you dont need to be an engineer to be in IT.. and yes I was referring to InfoTech and not Income Tax…

    @Balu: The problem with point #3 is that in a large country like ours one person or one industry cannot do it… of course our politicians are quick to blame corporates…

    @Cuckoo: There are actually this HUGE article on Churumuri analyzing why IT did not produce sports people…

  7. Veena December 20, 2007 at 12:05 pm #

    In one of the ineterviews with J K Rowling, I remember reading that now Harry potter would try out Corporate sector 🙂
    and I guess Anil Kumble owns(used to own?) an IT firm.. (not too sure if he was cricketer first and then IT guy or the other way round)!

  8. Xylene December 20, 2007 at 12:45 pm #

    @ Point 3.. Who said IT has not made any effort for the plight of common man?

    Helping hand : For the two companies I have worked so far, there are numerous foundations run by the employees/company. This either include helping the poor patients at Govt run hospitals (the employees visit them and help them financially) or supporting other orphanages, old age homes etc.

    Jobs : May be the IT is only for the engg/MBA graduates but what about the other jobs that each and every IT company is offering? Security guards, Admins, cab drivers and so on.

    Just take a look at the common chai walla near any IT company, the number of customers he has.
    May be the IT industry is not directly helping the common man, but ‘IT’ IS !

  9. praneshachar December 21, 2007 at 5:35 am #

    As a non IT man I say what they say is not correct. Definitely there is contribution by IT but for that we would not have reached comfort in FE reserved so much of earnings in FE by exports. so many people getting opportunities here in india it self thus brain drain which was happening earlier is stopped.
    I think people who comment are jealous looking at people in IT.
    On other side some IT people also behave very peculiarly with others that is one of reasons for this divide.
    nothing comes without hardwork and people expect to reap rich benefits without matching contribution it is unfair.
    Infosys foundation started doing something for the common man and forced others like Wipro to follow suit.
    Ill effects are too much of slogging, extra night works having effect on the general health too much of stress etc.,
    If this is balanced it will be good as I heard like in US u must work and also have sufficient time for regaining and rejunevate.
    Times have changed and IT is the need of hour and people have to accept.

  10. Vijay December 21, 2007 at 6:04 am #

    @Xylene: Sometimes being successful invites critics
    @Pranesh: Good views..

  11. ramsblog December 21, 2007 at 6:34 am #

    hmm… let me think .. what kind of trees do kids (or all) throw the stones at? one with mangoes or one without mangoes (or seebe hannu athava hunise kaayi mara ….)? one with the fruits on it, I suppose.

    At least in the past decade that is where the large cash flow is it and an easy target either to either Appriciate or Blame at
    a. Appreciate: as Xylene mentioned above – a lot of job opportunities came up – where were electronic city, singpore township, etc etc 2 decades ago? how about now. Not only InfoTech guys, but also a chai shop outside those buildings, Cab business, food industry (mainly fast foods). How about the charity funds – millions and millions of dollars or local currency – flow through the children education funds, leukemia funds, education funds, local libraries, providing computer and advanced education to the rural kids and having them show the world on how every one can improve with the amount of information we have on fingure tips; How about the services they get at the banking industry today; how about the ease of their Bill Pay experience today.

    b. Blame: because of the attitude – half glass full or half glass empty (though there is another way of looking at half filled glass – as half filled with water and half with air) – so the ones with attitude of seeing half glass empty are the ones who would blame Info Tech industry.
    Certainly ones who blame must be happy for all the improvements happening in the past decade.

    #2: improvement in infrastructure – they probably do not know the amount contributed towards hosur road / electronic city roads construction and betterment of those areas from those companies like Infosys, HP, and others. (not that I know, but i can easily guess)

    Grass on other side is always green so blame it: I admit, I pointed this without knowing about computers when I was in PUC – that computerized paper corrections was affecting us for not scoring enough in our exams – hehe. (oops, did I say that? 🙂 )

    @Balu: “sports quota in IT” — hehe, probably IT divisions in public sector has that – not in private compaines at least, as i know of.

  12. | Balu | December 21, 2007 at 9:30 am #

    @ramsblog
    I know that.. i was just fooling around…

  13. ramsblog December 29, 2007 at 9:58 am #

    I was talking about this with my wife the other day. especially about #3 “influence to a common man” -> I heard the other side of the story on probably why some people agreed with this point, through this example.
    a. A servant maid working in few homes in a street having 10 homes (lets say) has been quoting the service charge of about 300Rs a month. Later on, one or two IT folks having comparatively higher income in the neighborhood, have started paying a little more recognizing the work. say they doubled it to 600Rs a month. Now, the same servant maid has started demanding equal amount with rest of the homes in the neighborhood. NOW, that adds the burden to the people in that neighborhood. Agreed, these IT folks might be working 20hour days and the rest of the families might be having time to watch TV shows every evening with their 8hr job. It still caused a balance issue, I think.
    (just another perspective)

  14. Vijay December 29, 2007 at 11:16 am #

    @ram: Interesting perspective… holds true for where we stay. When we first moved back here in ’95 the salary was 300-400 its going at 1200 now…

  15. | Balu | December 29, 2007 at 1:04 pm #

    @ramsblog
    I agree to ur point.. the cost of living is going up and that is the main reason why many people in Bangalore (not necessarily kannadigas) hate IT industry.. I don’t hate IT industry am quite for it.. I just hope that a whole city’s expenses and costs are not charted on comparison to a slightly better off group….
    the vast majority still has to struggle to survive in this city because of rising costs…

  16. Harsha December 30, 2007 at 9:04 am #

    Well Said!! Hats off.. perfectly written

  17. Vijay December 31, 2007 at 2:25 am #

    @Harsha: Thanks…

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