A surprisingly substantial number of Indians feel that Americans were justifiably angry at their jobs being offshored to India.
In a recent SMS poll, 38 per cent across Bangalore, Hyderabd, Mumbai and Delhi agreed that American anger was justifiably directed at India for taking away their jobs.
The most surprising though, was the response from Bangalore. Arguably the biggest technology outsourcing hub in the world, 46 per cent of Bangloreans who responded to the poll felt that Indians were taking jobs away from Americans, which had led justifiable anger.
Half a million people between 20-35 years of age across the four Indian IT hubs were asked on Tuesday 10 August, 2010 via SMS, whether America's growing anger at Indians taking their jobs was justified.
Approximately 3,500 people responded to the question and predictably, most of the responses came from Bangalore and Hyderabad, India's two IT hubs.
The poll was in response to the outburst against the alleged remarks by US Senator Charles Schumer who referred to IT firm Infosys as a ''chop shop.'' US President Barack Obama himself has been repeatedly reassuring Americans that outsourcing would stop.
Most of the respondents to the SMS poll conducted by social network SMS GupShup reflected a high level of self-confidence and a distinct air of nonchalance about America's latest measures to curb outsourcing.
A random sample of the respondents evoked responsesd like, ''We are taking their jobs, there's no two ways about it. We're better, faster and more efficient; this backlash from them was bound to happen.
Their new policies make no difference to us anymore, it's a global market now - there's plenty of work out there.''
Another reponse was, ''Of course they're angry but they brought it on themselves. They taught the world capitalism, and this is what it's all about, isn't it? More for less!''
A KPO employee said, ''American firms will find new ways to outsource work from India and South Asia because similar services there would cost them a bomb.
Their anger might be justified but they really can't do much about it. They really can't stay competitive without us.''