Labor and management have often collided over contracts and worker rights but never have matters crossed a line. Well, they did yesterday when the CEO of a Noida company “was bludgeoned to death by a 200-strong armed mob of dismissed workers.” It is a severe setback for labor movement when the rule of the law is openly flouted not only when public property is damaged due to bandhs but as in this case utterly despicable when the CEO is murdered in broad daylight.
The socialist mindsets of the government reared its ugly head when the Union Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes revealed his crassness and naivete toward effect on foreign investments when he actually condoned the behavior of the murderous mob. In his words, “this should serve as a warning for the managements. It is my appeal to the managements that the workers should be dealt with compassion.” So workers should be dealt with compassion by not firing them but management is fair game because apparently they are cold insensitive androids?
Amit Varma points to the exact image that conjured up in my head. After all, it is in their psyche that garibon ka saathi is always right even if he commits a ghastly murder because in their minds, the CEO had it coming. Probably the French guillotine further romantizes such perverse thoughts. When will we start acting like the civilization that we claim to be?