- Q #1: Why do companies in the West send their decrepit ships to Alang to be broken up?
A #1: Because Indian shipbreakers work for far lower wages than Western ones.
Q #2: Why do companies in the West send their software development and call centre work to India?
A #2: Because Indian software developers and Indian call centre workers work for far lower wages than Western ones.
So ... here's what I'm wondering. Is there cause for concern in one, or both, or neither, of these situations? Are they comparable? Why or why not?
Postscript: Glad to read the comments this has attracted. One more thought: yesterday, I read somewhere that Bangalore has the largest call centre concentration in the world; and an American friend told a small and appreciative audience that India is commonly seen as the next power in IT and related services.
Alang happens to be Asia's biggest shipbreaking yard. At its peak, about 60,000 Indians worked here. In the 25 or so years since the first ship was torn apart in Alang, has India ever been acclaimed as the next power in shipbreaking? If my American friend had said that to the audience yesterday, would they have been as appreciative?