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A ‘caring’ state is a ‘foolish’ mistake


The 'development' paradigm

The 'development' paradigm

The state government caught flak for using words such as “rustic” to describe tribal girls in official documents … Minister, Padmakar Walvi, apologised on behalf of the government …

… 95 adivasi girls had undergone a year-long training in Pune (for) the aviation hospitality sector … Legislators had taken on the government, saying it had “embarrassed these girls” by failing to get them placed. “The government encouraged these girls to become air hostess, but couldn’t provide them with jobs.”

Walvi informed … that the government has so far assisted 37 adivasi girls—who were denied jobs as air hostess—in getting placements in the tourism and hospitality industry. Six of them have been absorbed in airline companies, he added. “The remaining are likely to be recruited in various government departments if they do not get jobs of their choice,” he added. (via State says sorry for calling tribal girls ‘rustic’).

In Mumbai

In 2007, with surging liquidity, with no signs of The Great Recession, the Government of Maharashtra, decided that the fruits of the ‘sunshine’ sectors should also go to the ‘adivasis‘ and ‘dalits‘. So, they decided to spend Rs.1.crore. Said, Dr Vijay Gavit, state tribal development minister to TOI,

“Under the Centre’s welfare scheme for education of tribals, we (the state tribal development department) proposed that our boys and girls be trained in the sunshine sectors. Our proposal for air hostess and pilot training were readily sanctioned by them,’’

Girls from the backward pockets of Nandurbar, Thane and Nagpur are already undergoing the training programme at the privately-run Air Hostess Academy in Pune. The Centre is bearing over Rs 1 crore for the programme.

Presently the Centre pays Rs 1 lakh towards the one year air hostess course which includes tuition fees, hostel and uniform costs.

The minister said it was essential to keep up with the changing times so as to bring the socially and economically backward tribal community with the mainstream. Instead of making the tribal students go through some course which have lost all relevance in present times, we decided that they be trained to meet challenges in the modern era.

Is this the ‘development’, the ‘modern’ careers, that the ‘caring’ Government wishes on the ‘Adivasis‘!

In New Delhi

Two years after Mumbai, the next great ‘revolution’ in Indian economy after the BPO ‘thing’ was ushered by the ILO and GoD (Government of Delhi) under Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit. ILO-GoD are going to train domestics and ‘upgrade their skills. With this ‘revolution’ India’ can become the global source for ‘true’ coolie labour – a source for domestics, for any country in the world. The New Delhi State Government

launched the programme for skill development of domestic workers, a programme to turn out trained housemaids for the rich and the burgeoning middle class. And in this endeavour, it had impressive sponsors: the International Labour Organisation (ILO) no less, the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Delhi government, all under the umbrella of the high-sounding National Skill Development Programme. (via Latha Jishnu: The commons and the classes).

‘Caring’ Governments … ‘foolish mistakes’

I forgot to charge my cell phone! Foolish mistake, right? Everyday mistakes are usually foolish! And to believe that Governments can be caring, is a ‘foolish’ mistake! Apparently, colonialism never died. We now seem to just have Brown masters instead of White masters!

What a waste!

Of course, like Latha Jishnu (the author) of the article points out, no one is really interested in ensuring that all Indians go to equally good and high quality schools. Because then where will and “how would one get the endless flow of domestic helpers”. A dubious policy by the Government that cynically feeds on a trusting (gullible?) population!

To become domestics and air hostesses.

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  1. September 6, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Excellent post anurag.. the Caring State is an indirect message, that people cannot take care of them.. only government can care them…

    As you said, every government sponsored development agenda has single objective in mind.. to provide coolies for corporates..

    If we look at history, every village was self-sustained and independant.. they had autonomy and collective rights over their land.. the english east india company, destroyed this.. bcoz, if villagers were independant, then how can the company rule them?? they collapsed the village admnistration, divided village lands among people as private property, and then played politics..

    What british did to 40% of india, was later done by so called indian government to all areas, by destroyed all princely states..

    Even today, the village as a collective entity is not being recognized.. scores of villages, sold to TATAs and BIRLAS, as private property..

  2. September 6, 2011 at 7:50 am

    government sponsored development agenda has single objective in mind.. to provide coolies for corporates..

    Well said.

    This is just about what Indian education has become over the last 200 years. Turn out coolies for Indian Government and the Corporate Sector. First ‘coolies’ for East Indian Company – and now for Indian State and the Tata/Birla /Ambani Empires.

  3. September 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Another aspect is that the kula profession is systematically deprived from all jathis.. before macaulyte education, every jaathi exclusively possessed their profession, and the skillset continued to successive generation in that jaathi.. With introduction of schools, the child, who would have worked with his father, is now forced to attend the school, which teaches nothing but junk.. This was many mangoes in one stone.. the continuity of skills is broken up, which breaks up the trade associated with it.. the educated child, after completing school or college, finds it neither knowing his kula profession nor knowing any other profession..

    the transition from decentralised collective profession, to corporatised, individual slaves..

  4. September 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    many mangoes in one stone.

    Excellent use of a non-English idiom in English. I am simply loving it … and the points that follow.

    exclusively possessed their profession

    This seems to suggest a rigid social structure with high Entry-and-Exit-barriers. There is no such evidence to support the belief of Entry-and-Exit-barriers, except in the last few centuries, when Bharattantra went into regression.

    Remember Bharattantra allowed complete liberty of kaam (desire), arth (wealth or means), dharm (justice) and moksh (liberty). Therefore ‘exclusive possession of any profession’ by a section society would impinge on the Four Freedoms of Bharattantra.

    corporatised, individual slaves..

    Slavery means sale and purchase of human beings. This is something exclusive to Desert Bloc. I would prefer to use the word coolies. It has just the perfect meaning, context, implication, and precision.

    By using the word slave liberally and casually, we justify Desert Bloc claim that slavery is NOT exclusive to them alone.

  5. September 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    This seems to suggest a rigid social structure with high Entry-and-Exit-barriers. There is no such evidence to support the belief of Entry-and-Exit-barriers, except in the last few centuries, when Bharattantra went into regression.
    Remember Bharattantra allowed complete liberty of kaam (desire), arth (wealth or means), dharm (justice) and moksh (liberty). Therefore ‘exclusive possession of any profession’ by a section society would impinge on the Four Freedoms of Bharattantra.

    I feel, this is a mis-understanding.. when a whole community does a profession, it creates a eco-system for that profession.. there is nothing to do with rigid structure..

    Also there is no entry or exit barriers.. a community is NOT a corporate company, to recruite or lay off employees.. rather, its a socio-economic unit.. everyone born in that company, automatically inherits the profession.. Since every participating person are blood relatives, there is no exploitation..

    Also the term profession can be mis-leading.. in today’s contect, it means corporate managerial job.. but what i meant for jaathi, its similar to outsourcing.. ie, end-end service.. a weaver community, has to do right from spinning to weaving and finally provide a finished product.. so the whole cycle, from raw material to finished product is handled by the same community, and hence the freedom of profession..

    The concept of Bharattantra perfectly fits the model of jaathi based profession.. i had planned to write a detailed post on this.. for now, i am giving a short summary..

    Dharma -> the righteousness associated with the profession and life.. like perfection in profession, NOT cheating etc.. since they own the profession for life (unlike current corporate coolie job, which is just a contract), they tend to lose, if they cheat..

    Artha -> to earn wealth by excelling in their profession.. here wealth doesnt mean currency.. rather, its the assets and other resources needed for the family and the profession..

    kama -> boy and girl come from same jaathi, but different gothra.. since both have been brought up in same profession, their personal and professional life perfectly matches.. after marrying, both collectively does the same profession, and run the family, raise children..

    Moksha -> after marrying off the chidren, one can set for spiritual seeking.. atleast, the elders take care of kula temple, and other religious oriented activities within the jaathi..

    The four freedoms, are gauranteed only in jaathi based profession.. in any other system, a person is either employed or laid off..

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