Make In India/Buy American Hire American

Indian citizens living in the US and India who supported Modi and his Make In India pitch and who also –

  • depend directly (either works in the US on an H1-b or aspires to work in the US on a H1-b)
  • or depend indirectly (works in a sector which benefits from H1-bs)

are now tasting their own medicine.

However Modi’s Make In India pitch is wholly about sustaining India’s economic growth while the new US president’s Buy American Hire American (at least the Hire American part) tone reflects not only genuine realizations to create more american jobs but also a certain xenophobia of his support base who voted him to power.

Low attrition points to a hidden disadvantage for Kolkata

Kolkata Office Areas - Source Wikipedia Images

Kolkata Office Areas – Source Wikipedia Images

There was a time when private companies/corporations based in Kolkata and branch offices of national and international companies especially Information Technology companies used to take pride in the low staff attrition rates prevalent in the Kolkata offices. This is partly due to limited job opportunities as a result of fewer companies and the tendency of most Bengalis to feel content with his or her life and current income.
The roots of the above issue which created a boon earlier has now created a bane. Companies find it difficult to expand operations due to poor availability of human capital. Many (maybe be most) commerce, arts, science and engineering graduates from this region planning to work move to other cities in India. Mangers find it hard to staff open positions with good resources and the work place continues to be boring with employees sharing a similar background.