Amid all-round development, India achieved in the last couple of decades, the largest state of Uttar Pradesh happened to have witnessed an unpleasant incident which can dent the image of India as a business-friendly nation. The last week’s incident of a fake encounter by the Lucknow police killing Vivek Tiwari, an Apple Executive, can prove detrimental to India’s attempt to bring world-class business and industry. If one has a vision and can foresee into the future, the killing of an executive of an International brand can have a negative impact.
In recent years, India has shown tremendous improvement in the ‘Ease of Doing Business Survey’ done by the World Bank. It leapfrogged from the 130th position in 2017 to 100th position this year among the 190 countries involved in the survey. This was made possible by the central government’s business policy reforms and guidelines. There are 103 new set of reforms focusing on central inspection system, online land allotment system, online single window system for granting construction permits, registration under Inter-State Migrant Workmen (RE&CS) Act, 1979 etcetera. They made everything available on government websites to fast-track the ever delaying processes like registration and document verification.
In a developing society, of which we are currently part of, technology plays a very integral role. Not being up-to-date with that can have ill effects and one can be left far behind in the race. Having a Smartphone today is not just a thing to flaunt but it is a necessity. Buying the latest gadgets and updating oneself with the trending stuff is something that everyone wants to do.
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Apple is a global brand. Owing its product is considered as the status symbol. Not just that it only manufactures mobile phones but there are a lot of things that they provide in the field of communication technology. They offer Apple TV’s, Laptops, Watches and even Vehicles.
Recently, Apple came up with a manufacturing unit in Bangalore where ‘Apple iPhone SE’ was manufactured on fairly low price for Indian market compared to other markets. Besides, this year Apple is planning to bring out iPhone6S which will be manufactured in India. Moreover, companies like Samsung, Xiaomi, Vivo too are manufacturing their products and by that, they are able to sell their devices on a lesser price and reaching out to the major part of the market. Putting manufacturing units in India, these international brands have an advantage of getting cheap labour force and escape from huge import tax. With Apple’s new unit in Hyderabad, there would be a job opening of 6000 employees.
But events like what happened with Apple executive in Lucknow may put a pause on uninterrupted development story of India. However, if these kinds of insecurity and uncertainty become new normal, the story of economic and technological growth would be totally in mess. India may lose all the prospects of Apple and other corporates coming to India. Seeing this all, the other top brands like Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft will be having second thoughts about their future plans to India.
With this, we will be losing an immense part on the job opportunities and a new opening. The unsafe environment experienced by the staff or the people working, our country will be lacking behind in the technology sector. We should be taking a closer look at the security and should be more concerned about it. If we are unable to provide the basics needs of security and safety, then how can we imagine a developed nation. The augmentation of the nation will just be a dream and India becoming a ‘developed nation’ will be a far cry slogan.