Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Not another Independence day...

Fortunately or not, I have been working for the IT industry in Bangalore, for around four years now. And so have been thousands of graduates in this city. All get sky level salaries as soon as they step inside an IT company. Most people, work day and night to develop software for multi million dollar firms outside India, to make them do better business. A good number of IT guys are just focused on how to get better salaries by changing jobs and taking advantage of the market conditions. There are some , who wish to work either in the US or UK, and are waiting for a chance, that somehow one day, the project they are working on might get them there.

Since these are a well educated lot, they do understand a lot of issues that our very own country is facing. And some times these are brought up, in some of the lounge bar outings, where the alcohol consumed per hour is billed to their foreign clients. There are passionate people, with whom you can engage in a great conversation even when drunk, whether it be corruption in real estate, or bad roads in Bangalore, or even illiteracy or alternative sources of energy. Everyone wants to do something, but have reasons for which they cant, and once the party is over, the next day everyone is back to their daily routine.

Some people say, they want to earn enough first, so that later they can leave the job and do some social work. But little do they realize, that with their monthly salaries, that day will never come. Some of my friends go to orphanages and help the kids , by paying their school fees , vaccination, books etc (I respect them , since I have not even attempted that) ,but is that enough. ? I think , we can do a lot more. When have we thought of writing software , for some of the needy institutions in India, who cannot afford it. When have we thought that the old Pentium PCs that our company IS dept. throws away can be used by some small schools to teach the kids. Why can’t we take time off on a Sat, and teach free of cost (anything, even programming languages) for people who cannot even think of affording it.

Many in our IT world, would just write blogs like me, but thankfully a few like Rohit, will take some great steps towards making a better country. Yes, we are part of the ‘Rang De Basanti’ generation and we need to wake up ! Happy Independence Day !


Dan Hinojosa said...

That was an excellent, excellent, excellent post.

Anand Vishwanath said...

Thanks Dan :-)

Krishna M said...

Nice post, But get some work done for them as well dude! :)

amAUzed said...

Hey Anand,

It is really good that you are thinking of doing something about the country. Just realize that all of us have our own ways of making this contribution. Some people go to orphanage, some write, blog, discuss & debate and some come out to the field to make a difference. I think, all of these are important, because at the end of the day, what is required is bringing awareness to and enablement of people. IMHO, all of the above, in some way or other, do contribute to these two. Though, I agree, we tend to discuss and debate more than acting on something. This needs to change if we, as a country, need to surge ahead. Again, the increasing number of people thinking about the general issues, faced by the country, and raging debates about it, is a +ve sign that more and more people are getting aware of these problems and trying to fix them.

Let the humanity mature to face the truth in its naked and brutal form :-)