If leaders are not irresponsible, the leadership affiliation is changed to embrace the more militant leaders. Such huge settlements are further aggravating the disparities between the permanent workmen and the contract or casual labour working in these companies, who are paid only minimum wages. Is it difficult to explain why the number of contract workers are increasing in companies A recent EFI study on contract labour showed that in several companies they have become very significant as organisations find it as a method to deal with the fluctuating demand and uncertainties of the market. With permanent workmen there can be no lay-offs, retrenchment or closure. Unless the government plays a positive role in stamping out militancy and violence and brings about a change in the environment (read, change archaic laws), these problems will continue to plague our industries. But the lack of clear majority at the state and central level makes these expectations a pipe dream.
R Krishna Murthy, Mumbai
Nehrus temples to just temples
Apropos of the column From Nehrus temples to just temples (FE, August 19), it is a pity that even the removal of a roadside temple for road expansion faces stiff resistance, and even the municipal employees refuse to undertake demolition work for fear of Gods curse. This religious sentiment is a stumbling block to development. What the Saudi government can do in Saudi Arabia is not always possible in India given our Parliamentary democracy. Even the political parties play dirty games to abet religious fervour. Nehrus vision of dams, steel plants being the temples of modern India was based on modern concepts. Now, the Supreme Court intervening in the Niyamgiri issue, leaving mining in the area at the mercy of the tribals religious beliefs, has led to public interest taking a back seat. The situation is unlikely to change as long as India remains steeped in acute poverty, illiteracy, hypocrisy and corruption.
Debabrata Sengupta, Howrah (WB)