Are Indian IT workers 'slumdogs'?

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 14 April 2009, 08:09 Hrs
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Are Indian IT workers 'slumdogs'?
Washington: A radio jockey in U.S. has crossed all lines of political correctness referring to the Indian IT workers as 'slumdogs'. The newly coined word, a derivative from the movie 'Slumdog Millionaire' was uttered by Rush Limbaugh, an American radio host in a program which discussed the economic crisis.

Responding to a listener's call about flight of jobs, Limbaugh referred to President Barack Obama's statement that the jobs aren't coming back to America, reports The Economic Times. "They're outsourced for a reason, an economic reason, and they're not coming back. If you're waiting for a job that's now being done by a slumdog in India, and you're waiting for the slumdog to be thrown out of work for you, it is not going to happen," he said.

The utterance did not come in the wake of some frustration on India, as the caller had not referred to India rather it was the RJ who was stuck to the country, which is the grand central of outsourcing. Bollywood composer Aadesh Srivastava had complained some weeks back that he was embarrassed to walk the streets in the U.S. because the people there have started calling Indians as slumdogs.

Controversies and Limbaugh are not new to each other, as the RJ has earlier attacked Obama on his program and has ridiculed actor Michael Fox's Parkinson's disease, accusing him of exaggerating the effects of the illness. The man hosts a three-hour daily show and is considered a Republican mascot.

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