Howsoever an adverse situation confronts you, it always has two sides –one the situation itself and the other one your mode of reaction to it. What counts more is the mode of reaction you adopt than the situation which hunts and haunts you. Napoleon used to always advise his lieutenants not to feel afraid of the enemy but their own weaknesses, if any. The one weakness, as he said, was the lack of courage and conviction while entering the battle field. This was the message addressed by Napoleon to his army, but factually speaking, it concerns every body in day today life.
Certain mishaps occurred in State Bank of India in the recent past resulting into a large scale confrontation between its top management and the respective Unions/ All India State Bank of India Officers Federation. The situation, as this can well be foreseen, is likely to assume graver proportions in days to come. Who is to suffer ultimately? Obviously the public and the people in general, besides the very personnel belonging to Bank, which can be avoided only when the crisis so obtaining currently is averted. Management always feels that they are a superior lot in the organisation, and then why they can’t be the ones to initiate necessary measures for the purpose remedying the issues through the routine process like bilateral negotiations involving both the Bank and the Federation. The mechanism of bi-partite talks is equally available at the level of all the 14 circles/ unions of the Bank throughout the country, and at these channels too necessary talks can feasibly have a take off in the matter.
There are reports that the management of the Bank, as usual for any management, is searching hard to trace some black sheep or the other some where with an attempt to divide the Federation, and then rule frivolously in an unhindered manner. There are also reports that in some pockets there is some sort of a panic prevailing amongst a few officer members. It may be more of a rumour than reality. Whatever it is, at a juncture like the instant one when the very fundamentals of the Union are hit hard, it is for membership and leadership both to rise to the occasion and see the writings on the wall to gallantly browbeat the aggressor on their basic rights. It is for them to opt between a surrender and a victory. History has it that the fighters for a just cause ultimately did succeed. Choice is theirs –to embrace the victory or lick the toes of the aggressors.