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Jul 292014
 

South Indians Ruining America - New Book

Forgery, favoritism and corruption have enabled Telugus and Tamils (the South Indians referred to in the book) to dominate and ruin the U.S. IT jobs market, according to a new e-book published on Amazon.

If the broken U.S. IT job market has to be fixed, the monopoly of Telugus and Tamils over these jobs must be ended, argues the author (supposedly an Indian) writing under the nom de guerre Trueblue

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The title of the e-book is: The Rise of South Indians: Invisible Dimension in Decline of Jobs for Americans in US Economy. It costs $3.80 on Amazon.

Although the book is riddled with vexing grammatical errors, it makes some valid points on the fraud pervading the H1B Visa program (which allows Indians to work as IT programmers and consultants in the U.S. for up to six years).

Indians in the U.S. are already familiar with the H1B Visa fraud.

But for the unaware, the book provides a quick overview of the growth of the IT outsourcing business in the U.S. and the ensuing H1B Visa fraud that has severely impacted prospects of American workers.

The various illegal practices cited in the book will come as a surprise to a lot of Americans who have been misled into believing there’s a serious shortage of skilled IT personnel in the country.

H1B abuses brought up by the author include benching, resume inflation, interview malpractices, fake degrees, ethnic bias in hiring, bribes and manipulation of references.

The e-book is written against the backdrop of the U.S. proposal to grant Employment Authorization Documents to H4 Visa holders (i.e. spouses of H1B Visa holders) to let them work anywhere in any job.

The author makes several good suggestions to fix abuse of H1B Visas such as not allowing H1B Visa holders to work at third party sites, charging a $5,000 fee to H4 Visa holders before providing them with employment authorization to work in the U.S and the need for vocational programs to train American workers.

South Indians in IT

It’s no secret that South Indians dominate the IT jobs market among H1B Visa holders in the U.S.

Among South Indians, it’s Telugus and Tamils who fill most of the IT jobs, be it at JP Morgan Chase, DuPont, Citigroup, Bank of America or hundreds of other organizations that rely on outsourced personnel to keep their IT systems going.

But fraud is not the monopoly of just South Indians. I’m aware of North Indians who too have committed various visa frauds.

Since there are not many North Indians in IT jobs in the U.S., their fraud does not attract attention. So it does seem unfair to pick on South Indians. Continue reading »

Jul 282014
 

For all of you who claim Bollywood butcher Salman Khan is a superstar, I have a few questions.

* Why has Kick fared worse than the quiz show genius Alia Bhatt’s 2 States (Alia’s third major film)?

* Why has Kick come in way lower than Aamir Khan’s Dhoom 3 and Shahrukh Khan’s Chennai Express?

* Why has Kick come in significantly lower than Ranveer Singh-Deepika’s Ram Leela?

* Why has Kick grossed less than Tollywood nightmare Allu Arjun’s Race Gurram?

* Why has Kick fared worse than Tollywood non-actor Nagarjuna’s Manam?

If you ask me, Kick has had a mediocre to poor response in the U.S. The below table proves it.

For the opening July 25-27, 2014 weekend, Kick grossed $829,411 at the U.S. box office (source: IndiaFM/Bollywood Hungama).

The per screen average of Kick worked out to $5,882.

Here’s how Kick fared at the U.S. box office compared to some prominent Indian movies:

Kick U.S. Box Office Report

Jul 272014
 

Rape Dominates Public Discourse in India(Image Courtesy: Times of India)

If you ask me, Indians (media, people and politicians) are going overboard on rape.

Now I’m not one to suggest we bestow honors on criminals who attack women or hang marigold garlands around rapists’ necks.

Every human – male, female and the transgendered – needs to be protected from society’s beasts.

But there’s an urgent need for some perspective because the daily media and public drumbeat on rape is drowning out focus on more pressing issues in India.

And that to me is a bigger tragedy than the tragic rape of Nirbhaya in New Delhi, of the two young girls in Badaun (Uttar Pradesh) or of the child in Bengaluru recently.

Also, given that in nearly 95% of Indian rape cases the victim and the offender were known to each other we must exercise skepticism over at least some of the rape claims.

Rape Rate – India vs US

If you read the headlines and comments in Indian newspapers, you’d think our people get up in the morning wondering whom to rape that day.

Now here’s the surprise for all you ignoramuses.

When adjusted for population, rape  is far lower in India compared to U.S., UK, Germany, Sweden, South Africa or Mexico.

Rape rate is 28.6 per 100,000 people in the U.S., 24.1 in UK, 66.5 in Sweden and 114.9 in South Africa.

Au contraire, the rape rate for India is about 2 per 100,000.

For a country of 1.2 billion people, India had 33,707 reported rapes in 2013. U.S. with a population of 314 million had 90,000 rapes in 2008.

To me, it suggests Indians are doing a better job in keeping their peckers in their pants and stopping when the girl says No.

It’s possible that rape statistics in India may actually be higher because of under-reporting due to the social stigma attached to rape victims. But that argument is valid to some degree for the U.S. and other countries too.

Let’s assume that under-reporting is high in India and double the rape rate.

Even if you double the rape rate in India to 4 per 100,000 India is still a far safer land for women compared to so many other nations.

Rape – All Powerful

Rape hogs so much attention in today’s India that it’s impossible to open a newspaper without encountering multiple incidents of rape, molestation and the like across the breadth of the land.

Citizens post vitriolic comments in newspapers, women are furious and take to the streets to protest, the talking heads on TV get apoplectic and politicians launch into interminable speeches decrying the attack on Bharatiya Naaris.

In short, all of India is going to town every time there’s a ‘prominent’ rape.

Rape has become so powerful an issue in India that in India’s Silicon Valley Bengaluru the Police Commissioner and Additional Commissioner of Police were recently shunted out after a couple of rapes in the city.

Across India, police inspectors and constables are quickly transferred after a rape is reported in a city, town or locality.

And everyday in a big Indian city, some women’s group is staging a protest, some MLA is holding a dharna and a few dozen school children are holding placards against rape.

And the Indian media covers all of the rape stories with reckless glee.

Rape News Titillates

But rape is only one of many pressing issues in India crying for attention.

And it’s not even the most urgent issue demanding such a strong media and public response.

India has far more pressing concerns like widespread hunger, starvation deaths, lack of access to healthcare, custodial deaths and hundreds of millions of homeless and toilet-less people.

Although these problems impact the very survival of people, they get scant attention from the media, people and politicians.

But why do these pressing problems get so little attention in the media and among people compared to rape?

My hypothesis is that rape dominates Indian public discussion for two primary reasons:

* Because callous Indian men and women get titillated by reading about rape and not about hunger, starvation deaths or homelessness. Since Indian newspapers and TV channels give people the titillation they abjectly crave, rape has hijacked public discourse.

* Middle class women in India have developed strong clout in society lately thanks to higher education and their employment as well-paid professionals in IT firms, banks, biotech and pharma companies etc. And these women and their families are driving the relentless attention on rape.

Tell me what you think of the ceaseless media and public focus on rape compared to other pressing subjects.

Important: You can pick up to two answers in the below poll

Why is there so much public focus on rape in India?

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Related Rape Content:
Crimes Against Indian Women – 2013 Report
Rape Statistics of India & Other Countries
Jul 262014
 
Preet Bharara Nails Another Indian Crook; Telugu Bidda Aramalla to Cough Up $7.5m

Let it never be said that Telugus are not doing their best to jumpstart the troubled U.S. economy. In New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and other parts of the U.S., Telugus are stepping up to the plate by committing crimes (big and small), plead guilty or get convicted, go to jail [...]

Jul 252014
 

To my jaded, cynical and seen-it-all eyes, most movies seem like garbage. Thank God for the new Hollywood film Lucy from French director Luc Besson (also writer of the film). In a rarity, I derived 150% value from my $11.25 ticket this evening. A visually appealing, high octane thriller featuring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman and [...]