Globalization Erodes India's Caste System
From the WSJ's recent article "Caste Away: India's High-tech Revolution Helps Untouchables Rise:"
For thousands of years, advancement in India has been restricted by its caste system, which is enshrined in the country's dominant Hindu religion. But India's rapid economic expansion and its booming high-tech sector are beginning to chip away at the historical system that reserved well-paying jobs for upper castes.
"We don't give a damn about any of these differences in caste or religion," says Ravi Venkatesan, chairman of Microsoft's India unit. "Talent is the number one issue for all companies."
Abhishek Jain, executive vice president at IncentOne, a U.S. company that outsources technical work to India said, "It's a global industry. In America, the only caste that matters is talent."
Bottom Line: Outsourcing and globalization get a lot of criticism for imposing American culture and values on developing countries and destroying local cultures and traditions, but this is an example of one the many positive sides of globalization - it's changing India's thousand-year old caste system, for the better.