Panic grips India as ethnic tensions rise. Aljazeera reports: Police in Bangalore have been placed on alert following a massive exodus from India's technological hub of workers originating from the country's north-eastern states, sparked by rumours of an imminent attack on their ethnic group.
"Special forces and commandos are being deployed in areas where north-easterners are concentrated," senior Bangalore police official Vincent D'Souza, said on Saturday.
At least 20,000 natives from the north-east, who have faced discrimination and harassment in the past, have now fled India's southern cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune.
Banaglore is a huge tech hub. Now 20,000 tech workers may not be much in a country as big as India, but what percentage of workers hired to fill outsourced jobs are held by Indians from northeastern states? No doubt moves are being made to bring the ofices to the workers in the northeast, but that can't happen overnight. I assume that the executive boards look at how much XYC corp. claimed it saved by outsourcing to India, and they followed suit without considering issues that could have significant impact on performance, like ethnic tensions. This reminds me of the chip problem that occurred when Thailand had those unprecedented floods last year. Many manufacturers moved all their production to Thailand and they were shit out of luck when the floods started. Oh well.