As pressure on IT industry interests in India mounts due to the backlash in this country against the rampant abuse of the H-1B and other U.S. visa programs, there appears to be an effort under way to spread disinformation about supposed India-driven job creation in the United States.
Before I go any further, I am compelled to restate my longstanding support for globalization, and my heartfelt appreciation for the tremendous value that people from other countries bring to the United States. Let me also restate my rather unpopular but unwavering conviction that unemployment or strife of any kind is not a greater or lesser problem depending on what side of an ocean or a national border it exists. No one in this country or any other country is more deserving of the opportunity to provide for his family than anyone else is, simply by virtue of where he happened to be born. So I will forever disassociate myself from the contention that the well-being of our compatriots is in any way more essential than the well-being of any one of our other fellow human beings around the world.
With all of that clearly stated, I am absolutely appalled by the release of blatant disinformation about the job situation in the United States by Global India Newswire (GIN), an India-focused content provider based in Washington, D.C. GIN on Feb. 26 released a feature story that was picked up by The Economic Times in India under the eyebrow-raising headline, "How the Tata Group, Infosys, Wipro & Essar Are the Biggest Job Creators in the U.S." Really? Four Indian companies are the biggest job creators in the United States? Where on earth did they get that?
When you read the article, you find that the headline is a convoluted reference to statistics that the article says were compiled by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a New Delhi-based nonprofit industry association. There's a chart in the GIN article titled, "The Biggest India Inc Job Creators in the US," that lists seven Indian companies, with the number of jobs created: