I don’t blame much the East India Company, they were pure businessmen sent by the Queen, they came to do a lot of FDI in India. Why did the businessmen base their headquarters in Calcutta? I think Calcutta had a port, the Bengalis were intellectual, they were excellent subjects and loyal too. However any historian reading this post please confirm the frequency of betrayers Bengal (West + East) produced over the period of history…who, by virtue of their short-sighted greed and ambition, never hesitated to shake hands with the ‘enemy’ and sell the country to foreign hands and invited misery for fellow countrymen.
I wonder if you have ever noticed such elements at your workplace. These Corporate Mir Jafars (CMJ) are the ones who are in close contact with the decision making unit at your work place. They are ones who are always eager to score brownie points from your non-Bangladeshi managers. They are the ones who expose our vulnerability and ‘not-so-strong’ aspects of our working habits to the ‘bideshi probhus’, so that the Management Lords can squeeze the work out of us with minimum pay, minimum motivation and non-existent employee rights. ‘Dhola Probhus’ who come from the West bearing the Western work culture values in mind are gradually trained to deal with the local workforce, slowly they comprehend the local ‘khaslot’ as intentionally fed back by the CMJs.
The CMJs are also the ones who recommend to the bosses that its more than enough to send local work force for training to ‘cheaper’ locations such as Thailand, Malaysia or Singapore, rather than sending them over to developed nations in the EU, US etc., just incase they get lost like the sportsmen who disappear from the opening ceremony during Olympic/Commonwealth Games etc. They are the ones who work as the ear and eye of the management, they usually leak out the casual work place conversations you have at work regarding other colleagues, the work itself or about your bosses. They can, by virtue of their twisted skills, can turn light-hearted, jokingly made remarks to serious issues while reproducing it to higher management. These Corporate Mir Jafar’s usually do all these to be in the good books of immediate superiors. They employ and endorse such tactics to validate their professional aspirations. Most of the times, they assume the management posts themselves later and unleash their reign with full might.
Very much like in schools where you used to see teachers pets, at work place too, we have management whip-boys, ladies…this is part of life and work. We have to live with them, tackle them and be careful about what to say and try to predict what they are upto.