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Japans Hour of Tragedy

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The earthquake and tsunami in Japan has once again reminded us of the harsh reality. That despite all the advances in science and technology, we are helpless before the fury of nature. Even a country like Japan, known for its precision planning, seems to be losing control of the situation when it comes to managing the aftermaths of the disaster. In fact, the biggest danger now seems to be the threat of nuclear radiation, as reactors are melting.

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But no matter how big is the disaster and how severe the impact, for people who are responsible for managing some part of the post-disaster situation, there is no time for grief. While Japan as a country has shown its strength of character, there are many silent warriors who are making sure the impact is minimized.

On top of the list is the group of engineers and technicians who are risking their lives to stay at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power station to fight the crisis, braving the fire and radiation. Many of them would have lost their homes, friends and families. But the call of duty is too important for them. One should salute the brave-hearts.

There are others around the world whose efforts may not be as heroic but probably equally important. Many of them are based out of India. They are our familiar IT companies. Those who remotely manage the IT infrastructure and programs out of India. Many of these people had to be on work almost round the clock in India to ensure that business continuity is ensured. If telecom companies, broadcasters, hospitals and banks switch off completely, the impact of the disaster would be magnified.

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For many IT companies, the challenge is two-fold. One one hand, if they are entrusted with managing the backend IT of critical Japanese public services and other business establishments, this is testing times. They have to ensure that impact on normal life is minimized. On the other hand, they have to ensure that their employees are safe and those who want to come back can do soof course, ensuring that they manage the work as smoothly as possible. Indian IT professionals cannot just be fair-weather friends.

That is a balancing act that many Indian IT companies present in Japan are now doing. Even as I write this, news of companies making announcement of their Japan plans keep coming.

In the immediate aftermath, the world has reacted the way it should have: helping Japan in this hour of national crisis. But the disaster raises a few fundamental questions as well. While the earthquake and the tsunami were natural disasters, what has now taken things out of control are the man made nuclear reactors. In case of Japan, an earlier victim of the bomb, reactors were built for peaceful use. But that does not make the danger of radiation any less. Similar possibilities exist in many more areas.

We at Dataquest join millions of people around the world in praying for Japan. And for mankind.

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