A Brave Soldier

 

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The Indian Government recently took several anti-pollution measures in Delhi including banning of large diesel cars with engine capacities above 2000 cc and increasing taxes. Whether Delhi’s pollution levels will come down in future because of these steps remains to be seen. But they have thrown the automobile industry into a deep sea of depression and despondency.

A lot of fresh and ongoing projects have been put on hold and new hiring has stopped.  Growth seems to have come to a stand-still and employee benefits are being doled out in a very miserly manner. Senior managers are often compelled to be harsh with their subordinates.

If you turn to your mentors in the Indian automobile industry today for career advice, this is what you might hear, “Just stick fast to whatever job  you’ve got because you may not find another very soon. Even if you do, the new environment could be much worse and you may soon have to move on again.”

It is in this kind of a sad and gloomy atmosphere that a new car dealership is coming up just next door to mine where I work in Delhi (see pic above). This photo was clicked through a glass window of my office which overlooks this place. While their earthmoving machines go about bulldozing and pounding away the building material, our building also vibrates in sync. Sometimes the tables, chairs, and the cabin walls shake so badly that it feels like an earthquake. But no one is complaining. It seems to be a defiant act of great courage on the part of the owner and fills a lot of unhappy and disgruntled hearts with hopes for a better future. The opening of a new dealership next door holds great promise of new jobs and better salaries for many without extra travelling.

The construction activity outside appears to be going on at a very fast pace. I heard recently from a reliable source that it’s going to be a Toyota workshop and they are planning to start their operations by Diwali (30 October 2016)…

Well, let’s keep our fingers crossed and see what the future holds….

Jasbir Chatterjee

24 June 2016

 

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