Only a few months back the 1st May was observed all over the world as Labour Day, ofcourse at many a places just merely as a routine ritual unmindful of its virtual significance and the cruelmost horrific death of 4 stalwarts of the movement preceded by 6 others. The protestants included a large number of women and all of them led the movement demanding fixed working hours for the workforce to not more than 8 hours a day as against the unlimited working hours a day exactly the way the callous practice was obtaining in India by the then ruling East India Company in the country. The incident is more elaborately covered by V Ganesan, himself a legendary trade union leader of STATE BANKS’ STAFF UNION, THE THEN MADRAS CIRCLE in his book MOMENTOUS MOVEMENT which book is a must read book for those who belong to bank employees unions particularly those in State Bank of India.
The movement turned to a massacre with the different managements in a total connivance of the Government and as a final outcome of their furry against the employees there were the manifold victimisations further let loose to include assault and killings. The 4 top leaders who prominently in the light were pronounced as the main accused and awarded death sentence. They might have been spared if they sought pardon but they refused to budge an inch, they rather accepted the death penalty instead and were hanged. These champions of the movement besides several others were –
1 ALFRED PARSANS HANGED 11-11-1887
2 AUGUST SPICE HANGED 11-11-1887
3 ADOLF PISHER HANGED 11-11-1887
4 GEORGE ENGEL HANGED 11-11-1887
They are no more with the workforce in the world as a whole but the very fact that the mission for which they had to embrace death is alive much enough for some cause or the other. The current generation, more so the union leaders, are addicted to comforts, laxity in work and lot many other facilities with a cozy most environment and there is hardly any visible movement in sight but if they forget the past and sacrifices made by their predecessor generations, they lose their present too and if they lose the present, they lose their very base and existence. If nothing, they ARE NOT TO FORGET THE PAST AND THE SACRIFICES made by their predecessor generations failing which they are bound to suffer from inevitable disaster. Continue reading May Day martyrs -Forget them not?
War is a factor that can’t be ruled out any where in any part of the globe any time even in the apparent absence of any symptoms in the direction as this is how the world has lived for millions of a century -those who won the battle became Raja or Maharaja and the ones who lost had to live as a praja (public) with cycle running in the same measure till date in all continents and countries even whenever it was strategically warranted new country or countries were created to accommodate the gymnasts in politics. History is the witness with examples being that of Pakistan and Bangladesh. There are already undercurrents for more of the regions or countries currently in a subdued tenor when the global scenario is viewed as such. A war, if it so occurs anywhere in any region of the world, may result into what a ghastly scenario and havoc can well be imagined by any one with the index of history and viewed from that angle none could really be for it as with the present day nuclear war equipments available almost everywhere it has to be turned to a Dooms Day with a total devastation of the mankind on earth. Mercenaries apart, any one would hardly ever opt for it
Who bothers for them? Possibly none. They are the abandoned lot in the whole democracy with none around to offer them some succor allowing them to lead a normal life like others do in the country. The hardships are caused to them by none others but the Government of India itself and Banking Industry mainly including State Bank of India. I am referring to the plights of the retirees from giant Bank of the country State Bank where this issue is pending for the last two decades with the result that the pensioners are hankering for some relief as their pension amount is too low incapable of necessary sustentation of self and their family. The problem continues hovering around Government of India, the courts including Supreme Court and State Bank. Parliament of the country is all out preparing itself to raise the monthly emoluments of the so called less paid Members of the Parliament. The tearful face and a visibly a depressed look of the aggrieved man both can well be seen on the two pictures in the beginning of this post. These pictures are the real ones telling the whole world what could be the amount of their sufferings. Besides pension issue, the issue of compassionate appointment which was there in State Bank was abruptly withdrawn without any reason or rhyme at the end of the last century. Why such an onslaught let loose terribly against the bank employees. Why political leaders are seen stressing their throat boasting at the top of their voice that ‘ see how best we are doing for the development and welfare of the people’. Is it that pensioners of State Bank of India and the aggrieved ones on account of their bread earner’s death can’t claim their rights as a citizen of the country?. They only cry and weep in the absence of any relief from any side. Compassionate appointment is the dire need of the first order but the issue is callously side tracked. Our question to the Government of India is whether they aim at seeing the retirees particularly those in the wrong side of their age gasping to death. Look ye Government of India and top executives of State Bank, you have no right to gamble with the life of SBI pensioners and the aggrieved claimants for compassionate appoints. The workforce involved has strength enough to fight a do or die battle and you are not allowed to behave yourself the way you are doing.
Based on the following information received from K R Saini the next date in Delhi High Court on pension issue is fixed up for 14th September’2016 as repeated below. This is besides the important news that are regularly published in the ‘NewsPage’ of this blog:
DELHI HIGH COURT ORDER DATED 22.08.2016 IN RESPECT OF OUR COURT CASE NO W.P(C)1875/2013
DEAR SIRS,AS PER WEB SITE OF DELHI HIGH COURT,THE ABOVE NOTED ORDER IS AS UNDER———–
”IT IS INFORMED TO LEARNED COUNSEL FOR THE PARTIES THAT WIFE OF ONE OF US(SANJIV KHANNA JUSTICE) HAS SOME SHARES OF STATE BANK OF INDIA.LEARNED COUNSEL FOR THE PARTIES WANTS SOME TIME TO TAKE INSTRUCTIONS.
RELIST ON 14.09.2016.”
AUGUST 22,2016 SANJIV KHANNA JUSTICE
SUNITA GUPA JUSTICE”
A short post:
As per the following intimation received from K R Saini, the changed date in Delhi High Court is like this:
“AS PER WEB SITE OF DELHI HIGH COURT,THE CORRECT NEXT DATE OF HEARING OF OUR COURT CASE NO W.P(C)1875/2013 IS ”COURT NO 6,THE NEXT DATE OF HEARING14.09.2016”THE INCONVIENCE CAUSED TO YOU IS REGRETABLE FOR ADVISING YOU AS 12.09.2016 IN MY PREVIOUS MESSAGE.
It is a gigantic task to handle an ocean of huge emails and telephone calls in hundreds every day at my office to be responded. The very view of the aggrieved ones flashing before my eyes causes me pain and groans with excruciating uneasiness. Mostly they are on pension issues and compassionate appointments in banks particularly State Bank of India. Since these issues are pending at the level of Government and State Bank of India for quite a long time the aggrieved persons are now feeling terribly restive and at times they nurture a thought that the leaders involved in sorting out the problems are not throwing their full weight. They are wrong but are not prepared to take the reality to themselves. Government of India is not a paan shop nor State Bank is a small fry and theirs is a giant stature capable enough to support their negatives.Courts of the land have a deep prejudice against the bank men falling in line with the Government bluntly forgetting that bank employees too equally belong to the land and it is they who generate a Government and bear their burden. Courts no more consist of ‘Daniels’. Politics is gradually creeping there to make the inroads of their convenience. It’s time for the retirees, pensioners, aggrieved employees, who lost their bread earner during service, to harness themselves to the martyrdom. They are wrong if they nourish a misunderstanding that some one out of the crowd would suddenly appear as a flash like Prof. Balthasar (Portia) in Merchant of Venice. Leaders, members, activists and all concerned will have to rise to the occasion with a formidable strength to shake even Himalayas. ‘Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached’ said Vibekanand.