Thursday, July 28, 2005

Gurgaon violence

I've been looking for details on why the ugly incidents at Gurgaon happened. Indian Express today has an article tracing the issues between the workers and Honda.

The article suggests that CPI's interference in the labour problems worsened the situation. Interestingly, while till now the media had reported that the worker unrest was due to "retrenchment", it turns out that 4 people had been dismissed and 13 suspended. All this was due to their indiscipline, and hence not totally unwarranted.

What irritates me the most is how arm-chair journalists have taken up this issue and tried to portray it as a post-liberalisation phenomenon - and shed crocodile tears for the harmful effects of "labour reforms".

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