China overtakes India in IT competitiveness? Yes but No.Whilst there are enough statistics to prove why that is so, if we were to ask the question, has China overtaken Indians in IT competitiveness, the answer might be the inverse.
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Bangalore: A study of Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on the information technology (IT) industry competitiveness of countries around the world released on Thursday shows that China, which had lagged behind in 2008, has overtaken India this year.
China moved up 11 notches to 37th position from last year's 50th position with a score of 36.7 points while India climbed up just four notches to 44th position with a score of 34.1.
The study, now in its third year, assesses and compares the information technology (IT) industry environments of 66 economies, to determine the extent to which they enable IT sector competitiveness.
Despite falling behind China, Keshav S Dhakad, chairman of the BSA India Committee, said India had maintained its ability to develop strong talent and maintain a conducive business environment.
"This year's ranking is indicative of the progressive initiatives taken by the government and the industry on human capital and support for IT development," he said.
Within Asia-Pacific, India ranked among the top 10 countries with Australia, Singapore and Japan in the top three positions.
The study said though India continued to do well in enabling an open, transparent business environment and development of sound IT infrastructure, it still need to improve its R&D environment.
"Challenges for China and India remain balancing large pools of skilled IT personnel with progress in IT infrastructure," says the report.
By ‘Indians’, I’m not referring to those in India, but Indians working and fuelling the IT industry overseas, and especially in America. Let’s not forget that Indians are generally not ‘patriotic’ in the Chinese sense of the term as India is itself a conglomeration or confederacy of difference that, as a result, does not incline them toward the sort of insecurity-induced patriotism that sees them averse to foreign climes, difference, or striking out on their own without the need for a comforting bosom of a 'little India'. As a result, whilst the Chinese might tend to move forward within their own nation with what they have - which makes chinese patriotism synonymous with 'seeking the company of similar others for fear of not being able to successfully contend with the very idea of difference due to their being monoculturally accustomed' - the Indians tend to move out with what their cultural experiences afford them and thus, comparatively, can come across as unpatriotic little runts - such as ed (personally, I've don't see the need to visit India simply because my biological ancestors had no choice but to use the local convenience for want of a portal into foreign alternatives...but i do certainly acknowledge their contribution to my intellectual propensities.)
Due to the ‘brain drain’ suffered by India during the peak, and thereafter, of the IT boom, India has, as a consequence, ‘globalised’, in that the achievements of the Indians cannot be associated with what India is up to, but what Indians are up to globally. I suppose the aforementioned title of this article might give some ‘patriots’ a reason for celebration, and hence, the fallacy that this might promote must be addressed to serve as a buffer against self-deluding perceptions that might further fuel the expression of nationalistic tendencies on a global stage.
In relation to this, we must also consider the degree to which archaic conceptions emerging from the idea of the nation-state is quite irrelevant in quite a few cases within a globalised reality. In one sense, to speak of the Chinese, we must remember that there is quite a distinction between the Chinese from predominantly Confucian states and those from the relatively multicultural west. We could very easily and plausibly argue that there are more similarities between western chinese and westerners than there are between western chinese and their 'brethren' in the 'motherland'. And when we talk of India being beaten in this or that industry, we must also bear in mind that its brain drain might just as well leave much of India in the ghettos whilst its Taj Mahals may be found in foreign lands.
We must also study the degree to which they are doing what they do globally via integration as opposed to closing ranks along racial lines and doing a phalanx-like advance against different others as some might be culturally-disabled enough to be inclined to do. Such a study has the potential of revealing circumstances in the countries they are employed, and also the preexisting culture-induced proclivities that go into determining their respective behaviours. This can aid us in detecting the result of dialectical interactions between the way things are in a country, and the perspectival attributes of migrant workers to discern problematic elements on both sides of the thus-created divide.
The answers to questions might be interesting enough, but it is the way questions are asked that determines the degree to which greater truths are discerned.
postscript : I do not personally think much of the Indians in their IT achievements because I’m well aware that it is based on a particular portion of popular logical, metaphysical and creative intelligence - most of the world is unaware of this as most of the world don't speak 'Indian'. As human development in present ‘modern’ times is, unfortunately, largely subject to the ‘economy’, it is suffering a major bonsai-like stifling that is seeing great intellectual propensities and perspectival arsenals from quite a few vibrant cultures gathering dust and being relegated the position of discountable antiquity.i.e. amongst others, Arabian, African, Indian, South American, Aboriginal. Unfortunate really.