The current (June 17, volume 34, Issue 12) issue of Frontline covers the current crisis in Indian IT sector with 8 articles. The links of the articles and their synopsis are given below.
The spectre of large-scale job losses haunts the Indian IT services industry, which teeters on the brink of an existential crisis
Notable among them are the left-wing New Democratic Labour Front (NDLF), which has constituted an IT Employees Wing, and the Forum for IT Employees (FITE), which drew its core from radical Tamil organisations.
IT employees have stayed away from unionisation, considering themselves professionals and not workers. Now, in view of the increasing lay-offs, they are thinking differently.
Of uncomfortable truths
Interview: R. Chandrasekaran, NASSCOM
The lack of a robust global recovery since 2008, protectionist tendencies in the U.S. and the uncertainty surrounding offshoring are taking the sheen off India’s IT industry
Pain of separation
IT employees live in fear of the call from HR as obsolescence happens in the industry in the wink of an eye. Automation, artificial intelligence and the jump to mobile-based applications have had an impact on the downsizing of jobs, especially at support and lower levels.
‘IT collapse would shut paths to social mobility’
Interview with Carol Upadhya, Professor, School of Social Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.
Interview with Samir Sinha, founder, Robonomics AI, Sydney, Australia.