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leaders that mislead?

Image result for misleading leadershipLeaders who are supposed to lead instead if they mislead they are not the leaders and the very characteractic of the leading role is lost. If they are honest to themselves, they are supposed to remain committed to the cause of the people they represent as against politicians who are always hankering to grind their axe at the first available opportunity ignoring the very cause for which they are there. The personalty in the background too is too important. I happened to be the Chief Guest in a conference aimed at promoting anti smoking campaign where another leader, a leftist of prominence, was also present and the fellow happened to be a chain smoker chewing an imported brand of cigar like a chockolette all the time even during his otherwise a lengthy speech advocating no smoking in any form. The crowd laughed and started making faces as a gesture of ridicule. Such is not a solitary instance as there are many to quote. On the routine front too there are  many claiming to be the leaders of their union but every time there are queries and questions as from the gathering they lack the requisite details to explain the anomalies. This is a common feature in the case of unions in State Bank of India where the enthusiasts from the membership go back disgruntled and disappointed in the absence of a well interpreted questions and answers session. The workforce always, and rightly so, hankers for correct informations with latest data available for the purpose and not the leaders looking right and left in the absence of the relevant answers. If you are honest to the task assigned to you, do it properly otherwise quit is the option.

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May Day martyrs -Forget them not?

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?

Red in tooth and claw–It’s May Day today!


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It is in fact too cosy and comfortable a life for trade union leaders with hardly any performance but one has not to forget that on this very first day of May the four leaders in America were hanged to death for simply demanding fixed working hours in different establishments in the country and it

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was for this crime that four leaders were hanged not only at the behest of different managements but as a clear cut decision as from the Government then in the saddle. I see there are greetings exchanged on the occasion but in actual terms it’s a day of mourning. Why greetings? This is the day to be solemnly remembered respectfully by all the workers of the world, more so by different leaderships as a great pointer for them. Let us bow down in the name of those who sacrificed their life for the cause of the workers all over the globe praying for the peace to the great souls.

Red in tooth and claw–It’s May Day today!


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It is in fact too cosy and comfortable a life for trade union leaders with hardly any performance but one has not to forget that on this very first day of May the four leaders in America were hanged to death for simply demanding fixed working hours in different establishments in the country and it

Image result for images of hanging rope

was for this crime that four leaders were hanged not only at the behest of different managements but as a clear cut decision as from the Government then in the saddle. I see there are greetings exchanged on the occasion but in actual terms it’s a day of mourning. Why greetings? This is the day to be solemnly remembered respectfully by all the workers of the world, more so by different leaderships as a great pointer for them. Let us bow down in the name of those who sacrificed their life for the cause of the workers all over the globe praying for the peace to the great souls.

The price of leading a mission:


Yeh, Toba, how tortuous it is to lead a mission on some issue or the other passing through less bouquets and images (17)more bricks coupled with unending sequence of tortures culminating in to death by hanging. This is what happened in America where August Spice, a leading union leader along with his 3 prominent associates were hanged for the reason that they raised demand for fixed working hours as eight. This images (18)is a big story and the full details are covered in my forthcoming book ‘Beyond the barriers’.Seconds before August Spice was hanged he said “a day will come where our silence will be more louder than our words”. Please read this post in conjunction with an earlier one dated 31st October’2016 in this very blog.


OBITUARY–S.M. PATHAK IS NO MORE!


A short blog post news:

A towering personality in Trade Union movement in the country based at Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), Surendra Mohan Pathak who served a long tenure as a top executive of State Bank of India Staff Association at its Bareilly module is no more. He succumbed to his heart ailment on the 21st October’2016. In him his huge number of committed followers have lost a robust personality all along fighting for the cause of workforce in the Banking Industry both locally and outside. Wish peace to the departed soul and patience and courage to the bereaved family.

 

OBITUARY–S.M. PATHAK IS NO MORE!


A short blog post news:

A towering personality in Trade Union movement in the country based at Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), Surendra Mohan Pathak who served a long tenure as a top executive of State Bank of India Staff Association at its Bareilly module is no more. He succumbed to his heart ailment on the 21st October’2016. In him his huge number of committed followers have lost a robust personality all along fighting for the cause of workforce in the Banking Industry both locally and outside. Wish peace to the departed soul and patience and courage to the bereaved family.