Thursday, August 02, 2012

A leadership crisis at Maruti & AP

I was reading through an article in Mint that stated - Pravat Chaturvedi, a former labour secretary in the Union government, said the happenings at the Manesar plant last week would have likely remained non-violent if the protest had been led by a “seasoned” leader. “With violence becoming the main issue, the rest of the problems have been sidelined, thus bringing no end to the problems, which started the protest,” he said. “This is the time when you need some experienced hand to guide these young workers, which the management never let happen.”

And my memories took me back to similar incidents (similarity w.r.t the loss that occured Vs that could have been controlled) that happened in AP about 18months back and the conversations that some of my friends had and I too agreed on it.

The "Million March" protest was called by majorly TRS(a party in AP) asking a million telangana activists to meet up at a place called Tank Bund in Hyderabad.

It started off as usual with deployment of huge police forces to stop people from other places reach Hyderabad as well as to stop the groups at different points and avoid them meet at single place. It was a protest as usual till a certain point of time but, as the crowd increased in numbers, the trouble started.

People started behaving the wrong way with female Journalists covering the episode followed by some minor incidents of attack on other party leaders. This style of protest continued with desecration and destruction of statues of telugu luminaries considered to be a part of the great telugu culture.

And the conversation that I spoke of was something like this "1.Had there been a strong leader who could show them a direction, the protest would have been much peaceful and not the way it went. Or else, 2.Had YSR been the CM today, the scenario would have been different altogether."

And I agreed with the second statement irrespective of the fact that, I hate him for being the most corrupt. Some might say the way he functioned was totally cruel when it came to take decisions on people who opposed him/opposition parties/other related issues and moreover he is a factionist. I too believe and support these statements but, at the end of the day all that mattered was "HE CONTROLLED".

Not only did he control these kind of issues to the best we have seen in the last 9years but, also maintained a good grip on his party and cadre in AP which has almost become a dog's fight post his death.

There are very few humans who neither need a manager to show him the right direction nor a big boss with a stick to make them fall in line. So, For everything to go smooth you either need a big boss on the top with a stick in his hand or else, you need a manager who can guide you to show what's wrong and what's right.

In the case of AP the manager was useless (you can better call dumb), the big boss died and the person who replaced him as big boss was spineless.

In the case of Maruti, the manager was paid a huge lumpsum to resign from the company because, the top management saw him as cruel and there wasn't a manager after that or if at all there was one, he was not seasoned. And the workers didn't have a direction. They couldn't see through that it is an irreversible journey that they were taking by killing a person.

On that day 1.5 years back, my friends felt that the big boss should have been alive that day and the issue would have not taken place. Yes, he would have robbed the state of many more millions of rupees through corruption but, I today see that these millions would have been nothing compared to the condition state is in post his death.

Similarly, only if Maruti might not have paid those 20 union leaders some crores of rupees to resign and get out of the factory peacefully, things might have been different. Yes, they might have become the reason for many more strikes in the past one year but, the life of a person is much valuable compared to the strike that the company faces.

P.S: I am not supporting/opposing the company/union/YSR/telangana. It's just that the culture/control and the life of a person is very valuable than corruption and strikes respectively. And a seasoned leader might have helped.
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