Land of Jugaad
A recent gruelling
experience left me with enough energy to come up with this post.
I am dead sure all those who will go through it will relate it to
their lives. In the land of "jugaad" which is known as
India the world over, one really needs to be conversant with the
tricks that will get him/her through the maze of officialdom that
one has to encounter while doing just about everything. Each and
every process involving the so called civil "servants"
has been tailor made to accommodate the needs and greed of the officials
involved. Be it filing your Income tax returns, application of pan
card, ration card, gas connection; you just cannot get your things
done without a "jugaad" (hindi for ingenuity or cleverness).
This is applicable
not only to government officials but it also encompasses officials
in schools , colleges etc - peons in schools and colleges act with
the authority of the principal - I remember one such peon called
Rane in my school .. he used to pull up children routinely for no
reason. How I wish I should have a meeting with him now ...You know...just
to give him a taste of things...
India as we
all know is the world's largest democratic nation and under
the constitution of India, each and every individual is awarded
the freedom of speech, freedom of expression etc. Apart from
the Railways and the English language, the British will be
remembered for giving the gift of Democracy to India.
Now, the people
of India (especially those in civil services) using their
own smart ways have interpreted the freedom of speech to mean
that they can ask for anything if you want them to do your
work, treat you in whichever fashion they desire ...all this
when they get paid to work for the citizenry...of course they
always find ways to supplement the official income that they
get and apart from that there is always the constant threat
of strikes, rasta-roko etc. for a pay raise and other fringe
news about the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission
made all the babus laugh their way to the bank...and to top
it, the dearness allowance (DA) was also raised for all the
Government employees including the Armed Forces...Who cares
that it will cost the govt 0.4% GDP or Rs.20,000 crores and
DA hike another 6,ooo crores...the freedom of expression entitles
people to express their desires (read greed) as and when they
Welcome to India ... As Suketa Mehta very rightly says in
his award-winning title "Maximum City", "India
is the Country of the No. That 'no' is your test. You have
to get past it. It is India's Great Wall; it keeps out foreign
energetically and vanquishing it is your challenge."
Jai Ho !!
Contributed By: Jimit
Shah I have completed my engineering from Mumbai University
and was working with Oracle Financial Services Ltd. for the past
two years. But as fate would have it, I resigned from my job and
am looking for a new one. A voracious reader spanning business ,
finance , politics , marketing ,media & entertainment, I have
developed a liking for writing of late. I write on my blog jimitnshah.blogspot.com