…teaching in English has become a curse, since people get paid more to become cyber-coolies in call centres than if they get degrees or train as nurses.
In a free market, prices are determined by what buyers want. People like baseball more than poetry, so baseball players make more than poets. To say that a certain kind of work is underpaid is thus identical with saying that people want the wrong things.
Participant at a recent conference I attended:
I spent some months, about ten years ago, in Delhi…or whatever you guys call it nowadays. By the way, why do you keep changing all the names?
And I wondered whether I should be honest and point to political expediency or to the hypocrisy of the politicians, who would like us to uphold our cultural values & heritage and therefore study in Kannada/Malayalam/Hindi, while their kids go to International schools. Or to the educational system that does not give us a good grounding in economics. Or to the fact that a hungry, illiterate population is easy to misguide using cultural jingoism.
Or whether I should just be the loyal Indian as defined by the religious-political-system, and tell them that it’s a sign of our maturity and growing confidence in ourselves. Or throw some priceless nuggets in the form of “other countries/people do it as well”.