Thursday, October 05, 2006

Bandh in Karnataka: Estimated losses?

Client(a paying client somewhere outside india) : Hello.
Employee(a paid employee in bangalore): Hi how are you.

C: So, do you think you will be able to complete the work tomorrow and be ready.
E: Oh No, sorry, but we are are not working tomorrow. There is a Bandh, hmm.. a kind of forced closure.

C: What? But, i need this done tomorrow, as agreed last month.
E: I understand, but this was not planned. We are forced to shut down.

C: What do you mean?
E: Yes, it's hard to explain, but nobody is supposed to work tomorrow.

C: I don't understand, who could possibly force you to stop work. You mean govt. has declared a holiday?
E: Hmm... No...some folks are protesting, so we cannot venture out tomorrow. It is not safe.

C: I still don't get it. I expect this to be done tomorrow, we cannot delay this. You already know we are behind schedule.
E:A few months ago we were faced with a similar situation when a revered film star died, and fans went beserk. Pls understand.

C: You mean you will be punished for working, just going about doing your job?
E: Its something like that, pls try to understand.

C: What should i tell my customers - that our service provider cannot work because they are afraid to reach workplace?
E: Its just a day.

C: Never mind. Just upload all the completed work before leaving today. I shall have the folks in China look into completing it.
E: Wait, can't do this. This work is assigned to us. Why let them take over this.

C: They have been pestering us for this work since ages. I believe we could begin the transition.
E: I don't get it. Are you saying you would want to transition the work somewhere else, because of a day's delay?

C: No. Because of your mindset that you are doing us a favor. Sorry folks.
E: Hello... Hello... Are you there?


No amount of monetary losses can be equated to loss of confidence. But, the estimates are upwards of Rs 500 Crores(tv newsreport). Not counting the losses made by daily age earners - who cannot compensate themselves anyway.


At 6:57 AM, Anonymous Kumar said...

Who asked the cable TV operators to blackout all channels on bandh day? There was nothing;no Kannada channels, no news channels.

This is plain violation of consumer rights. Here is a state government who can't even protect the rights of the consumers to watch TV at their homes. This is nothing but an instance of total breakdown of law and order.

At 4:31 AM, Blogger Sunil Parmar said...

It's thought provoking.....
I think it's just the attitude which defines a country and in this case we Indians are really argumentative.

At 10:14 AM, Blogger Ashish said...

Interesting post, hopefully clients are more appreciative and people who speak to clients can communicate better. But bandh calls are rarely if ever justified, and need to be avoided. A previous court case that banned bandhs / hartals and another that penalized political parties financially for damages in the bandh are worth emulating.

At 2:20 AM, Anonymous Sajith M said...

I agree about the loss of confidence. Is the transcript inspired by any real life incident?

But I suspect a lot has to do with people not even trying to go out. I could reach my office on the bandh day (we had the option of coming on 4th or compensate it later on Saturday), and am sure that most people who travel by bike/car could have reached their workplace without any trouble.

That said, I don't think anyone (the red and golden brigade included) is justified in forcing a shutdown.

At 4:05 AM, Blogger Apun Ka Desh said...

Sajith M >

"But I suspect a lot has to do with people not even trying to go out."

Exactly - we have accepted the verdict of stone pelters and bandh callers without even trying - even after Supreme Court declaring all such Bandhs to be illegal.

There should be better ways to protest.The fault lies with law and order situation.

The transcript is real, upto the point of explaining that work won't get done. The work being shifted out to China is just symbolic. But it would become real - if people realize they are losing by investing in india.

After all - Why do we have only 4 million visitors in a year in which a country much smaller - Malaysia has 16 million visitors ?

The answer lies not just in Tourism Promotion - but also the fact that govt. ensures Tourists are not cheated and feel safe.

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Silkboard said...

Talking of tourists - did you ever wonder why we literally "rob foreign tourists"?

At 3:04 AM, Blogger Apun Ka Desh said...


It is INDEED govt. of India's policy that Hotel, Airlines, Tourism industry is following.

Deserves a separate post... thanks for bringing it up.

At 7:06 AM, Blogger Suresh Gupta said...

Strikes and bandhs are anti-progress and should not be allowed. A civilized society has no place for them.


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