Time for ‘Nomadic Malayali’ to Look at Domestic Avenues: Roshan Kynadi
Skilled and educated manpower was the one thing that Kerala exported in large numbers in the last 30-odd years. The foreign exchange brought in by non-resident Keralites sustained the economy of the State and helped even meet the foreign exchange requirements of the country to a large extent.
It is time for Keralites to identify jobs and livelihood in our State or country as job opportunities in other countries are getting bleaker, says Roshan Kynadi
But of late we have been getting to see restrictions of various forms being imposed in many countries around the world. Employment restrictions in Saudi Arabia and visa restrictions in the USA and the UK are only some of them. These countries seem to have decided that the limited number of jobs available there should go to their citizens and not foreigners. This is an attitude prevailing in many countries. As a result, the people of these countries have elected leaders who support this ideology. Donald Trump and BREXIT are the outcomes of such an attitude gaining currency among the public of these nations. Even in our country, the NRC issue in Assam was the result of this viewpoint. The decision to issue Aadhaar cards to all citizens of our country was done to ensure that outsiders like Sri Lankans, Rohingyas and Bangladeshis do not enter our country and enjoy the benefits of the citizens.
In addition to this, over the next 10 years we are going to see the shift from fossil fuel (petroleum) to renewable energy. Tesla has become a catalyst in this transformation. With their range of cars Tesla has shown the world that electric cars are less polluting. Taking a cue from this, almost every automobile manufacturer around the world has already announced the launch date of electric cars. Since India is located close to the equator receiving abundant sunlight throughout the year, solar energy is going to become a major power source of the country. The foreign exchange savings that India would get by not having to import crude oil is likely to trigger unprecedented economic growth in the country. We are also going to witness the economic downfall of the Gulf countries over the next 10 years due to the drop in demand for petroleum products. That being the case, the job prospects in the Gulf countries that an average Malayali had been enjoying over the last 30-odd years are going to vanish very soon.
I believe in the days to come we are going to witness the emergence of leaders like Donald Trump in many other parts of the world, especially developed countries. This is going to bring in more and more restrictions on job opportunities in these countries. Hence, I feel it is time for Keralites to identify jobs and livelihood in our own State or country. Promoting entrepreneurship among our youth and transforming them from job-seekers to job-givers would help us in a big way in this transformation. I think time has come for the Kerala Government and the people of the State to consider entrepreneurs as job-givers and contributors to the tax kitty of the State and welcome them with red carpet.
(The author is an Agripreneur and former president of Calicut Management Association)