Jobs after Covid-19: business not as usual

by Rashmee

Posted on March 2, 2021 / The National


This will be a significant week in terms of job prospects for millions around the world. In Britain, Wednesday’s annual budget will include £126 million ($175.6m) in new funding for 40,000 traineeships and “flexi-job” apprenticeships. In the US, the employment report for February is expected to show the strongest pace of hiring since November. And … Continue reading “Jobs after Covid-19: business not as usual”

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Remember when call centers were symbols of India’s economic boom?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 24, 2017


That phase is long over. Automated calling systems have already taken a lot of those jobs, which had Indians with suspiciously Anglicised names and accents to match dealing with all-sorts – computer trouble-shooting and credit card issues, etc. – for overseas customers. Sometimes, they even mentioned the local weather in the city the customer was … Continue reading “Remember when call centers were symbols of India’s economic boom?”

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India needs jobs more than it needs secularism, said my friend, but Mr Modi has delivered neither

by Rashmee

Posted on June 19, 2017


I recently met a wise old friend, who’s fluent in Sanskrit, studies ancient Indian epics such as The Mahabharata and searches for philosophical linkages, if any, between current events and classical literature. My friend expressed disappointment about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mid-term report card, specifically with respect to jobs creation. I voted for Mr … Continue reading “India needs jobs more than it needs secularism, said my friend, but Mr Modi has delivered neither”

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Here’s the good news from America, despite President Donald Trump

by Rashmee

Posted on March 21, 2017


On reading a roundup of the day’s news for Friday, March 10, I was struck by three items of amazing good news from the US. The first was the jobs report. In February, the economy added more than 200,000 jobs. The second is the huge oil discovery in Alaska, the largest US onshore find in 30 … Continue reading “Here’s the good news from America, despite President Donald Trump”

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Here’s the best argument I’ve heard for a jobs “re-shoring” drive to the United States

by Rashmee

Posted on December 2, 2016


Here’s the best argument I’ve heard for a jobs “re-shoring” drive to the US Deloitte’s global manufacturing competitiveness index ranks the US second only to China, according to Justin Fox on Bloomberg View. What that means in real terms is as follows: companies are going to start bringing jobs back to the US. Two reasons … Continue reading “Here’s the best argument I’ve heard for a jobs “re-shoring” drive to the United States”

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Manufacturing might be the ticket for India, ‘world’s largest poor economy’

by Rashmee

Posted on February 9, 2016


My friend, the eminent and very wise Gurcharan Das, recently sent me one of his columns for The Sunday Times of India and I was interested to read the strength of his belief in manufacturing jobs for India. Gurcharan argues that it is wrong to think that the age of manufacturing is over considering global … Continue reading “Manufacturing might be the ticket for India, ‘world’s largest poor economy’”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK