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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Subroto Bagchi on India Empowered Series

The latest person to adorn the India Empowered Series is Subroto Bagchi:

Finally, in my empowered India, people will be valued not just for mental work but for physical work they do. People who perform physical work, will be paid respectable wages that make basic comforts in life as accessible to them as they are to you and I. One day, I got down at the Orly airport in France and was picked up by a cab driver. The man was as well dressed as any one else. We got chatting on the way as he was driving me to a hotel near Versailles where I had a conference to attend. Next to my hotel, stood an even more beautiful hotel and pointing it out to me, the man said, that is where his wedding took place. I was simply amazed.

When will it be in India that a taxi driver in Mumbai or New Delhi can dress up half as well as you and I? When can he take his family to enjoy the same holiday destination that you and I go to? When will it be that the maid who comes to clean the house can dress up half as well as you and I without being suspected of thievery?

To me, India will be emancipated and empowered when the man scavenging on the municipal truck will work in sanitary conditions comparable with any developed country and is paid half as well as an entry-level software engineer. In an empowered India, women will not have to lower their eyes when they walk past a stranger, lest they be presumed to be available for solicitation. In that India, we will not underpay people who work with their hands and make a living with their skills. Till such time that we do not recognize the importance of these things, we will not be an empowered nation.


  • Brilliantly written article. Thanks for the link.

    By Blogger Anjali, at 9:50 PM  

  • Anjali,
    Thanks. Glad to know that it was useful

    By Blogger Kaps, at 11:41 PM  

  • Too good kaps,

    This is lot to do with dignity of labour in India, in which you can find this in abundence. People here differenciate any & every industry and different forms of work.

    good article man...

    By Blogger Filtered Sambhar, at 12:00 AM  

  • appreciate the thoughts expressed. i've seen some apartment complexes discuss group health insurance for their drivers and maids, and it's such a refreshing change from the usual disdainful attitude.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:08 AM  

  • kaps,

    I am a great fan of Subroto Bagchi and having a dream of meeting him and work under his mentorship.Once again a brilliant write-up by Subroto sir.Thank you very much for the useful link.


    Manas Nayak

    By Blogger www.marchahead.com, at 10:18 PM  

  • sAdmirers of Subroto Bagchi can read this article by Potharaju Ravindra , author of GIVE ME BACK MY GUITAR .

    "Subroto Bagchi , A great human being who is also an outstanding entrepreneur " at http://ravi.givemebackmyguitar.com

    I spotted GIVE ME BACK MY GUITAR in the best seller section of Landmark. Loved this amazing book . i have written a review on www.mouthshut.com

    I am now going to buy 'the high performance entrepreneur" based on the recommendation of Ravindra .



    By Blogger Sudhendu, at 2:12 AM  

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