Friday, March 16, 2007

Bandh is not the right pill to swallow

Where are those brilliant workers who, while opposing the owner of the shoe manufacturing company, did not stop working, but continued making single piece of shoes instead of pair! It worked magically and their demand was satisfied!

Why didn’t they call a Bandh? Bandh, also known as Strike, Hartaal, was a tool for labors to establish their rights. Labors used to stop working unitedly to reach their voice to the owners of the companies and firms. It was a common practice at that time. But a Bandh in today’s scenario is nothing but a curse, especially when they are backed by political parties.

It brings no benefits for us, but:
  • Youngsters play cricket
  • Office goers get good excuse to manage a leave
Its not that people do not go for work because they support the Bandh, people are afraid of being victimized by Bandh supporters; most people are not aware about the issues for which the Bandh is declared, still political leaders say that the Bandh was a success and people took part spontaneously and whole heartedly.

Bandh supporters try to make the city stop on the scheduled Bandh day! They try to stop trains, flights and road transports as well. Just think, by doing so, they are damaging our image at national and international level! And outer world is developing a misconception about us.

A Bandh can never solve problems, at least not in modern days. Can a political leader cite a single example for a Bandh that has successfully solved a problem in Independent India? Perhaps not! Unfortunately political leaders do not understand this fact and they declare Bandhs to show their power, that’s it. They are least interested to think, how a Bandh ruins economy, our image, our prospect and damages our daily lives. People with emergencies experience horrible things on the Bandh days.

I am not saying the facts for which Bandhs are called are always vague, there may be true reasons indeed, but Bandh is not the solution! On the contrary, social and socio-economic problems can be solved by debates, discussions among experts, involvement of intellectual media.

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