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Sunday, June 20, 2004
Infy / Al Qaeda 

Indeed, these are the two basic responses to globalization: Infosys and Al Qaeda.
Infosys said all the walls have been blown away in the world, so now we, an Indian software company, can use the Internet, fiber optic telecommunications and e-mail to get superempowered and compete anywhere that our smarts and energy can take us. And we can be part of a global supply chain that produces profit for Indians, Americans and Asians.
Al Qaeda said all the walls have been blown away in the world, thereby threatening our Islamic culture and religious norms and humiliating some of our people, who feel left behind. But we can use the Internet, fiber optic telecommunications and e-mail to develop a global supply chain of angry people that will superempower us and allow us to hit back at the Western civilization that's now right in our face.
Just found this Op-Ed piece on NYT[*]. Sprinkled with typical western generalisations (and yes, we know that now we are generalising), and, IOHO, there seems to be a tendency to equate globalisation with westernisation, but it does argue an interesting case.

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