The remains of Raj and dignity of labour

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The remains of Raj and dignity of labour

I have been a morning person all through my life. The morning chirping of birds is my favorite music. The rising sun has always been a source of motivation and positivity for me. Watching the amber ball rising from the darkness at dawn and gaining light and energy in an hour, lends hope. It reminds me the classical poem of legendary Sahir Ludhyanavi रात भर का है अंधेराकिसके रोके रुका है सवेरा” (The darkness is ephemeral, dawn is inevitable).

I regularly go for a walk in the morning to listen to my favorite music and look at the rising run. I find it a perfect start to the day. However for few days something has been bothering me. Whenever I go for the morning walk, the security guards posted in our housing society salute me with a distinct display of servitude. They might have been instructed to greet the residents by their managers, but I could distinctly see the subservience in their attitude. The guards tired after struggling with mosquitoes the whole night, rising from their seats and saluting the morning walkers with sleepy eyes is a rather discomforting sight to watch early morning.

I find it immensely embarrassing. I fail to understand why the security guards who safeguard our household should be subservient to us. In that sense, these guards are no less than the soldier manning our international borders. Ideally, we must be showing our gratitude to them by greeting them rather than they saluting us.

However, these feelings of gratitude towards guards dissipate in one hour, when I see these guards harassing the domestic maids, milk & newspaper delivery boys, car cleaners visiting the society for their daily jobs. I find their behavior unacceptable, considering that these daily visitors mostly belong to the socio-economic strata of guards. The only difference is that guards are wearing a uniform and a police cap. They remind me of the Indians who joined British police and army during Raj, and tortured their fellow countrymen.

The worst part is that these security guards are mostly unfit, untrained and unarmed. They are in position to confront a trained or armed intruder. Most of these guards have never seen a real explosive device. They mechanically take a peek into the bonnets and trunks of vehicles without knowing what they are looking for. None of them is trained to understand that it a running vehicle is less likely to have a live bomb under the bonnet and more likely to have it in the glove box, under the seat or in briefcase or handbag.

From my observations, I have realized that the whole business of private security in India is superficial. The security guards deployed at various establishments (commercial, religious, educational, and residential) are mostly untrained and inadequately equipped to handle a serious threat. Very few establishments in India will actually pass a basic security audit.

The exponential growth in business of private security is indicative of the inadequacy of the policing system, growing crime culture and lack of awareness & self-defense training amongst citizen.

Even after 74years of political independence, a section of Indians still secretly loves the vanity of the British Raj. This section has put their feet into left over British shoes and want the society to be subservient to them. The concept of dignity of labour does not appeal to them in any measure. We fail to understand that “dignity of labour” is pre requisite to a just, equitable, inclusive and progressive society.

Author: Midas Finserve

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