A boy flying home

Plane flying into the Valley

Carrying excited lovers, visitors and couple of silent souls

For only they know that along them a dead boy is flying home.

 

Father of the boy yet to be told

Mother in the grave must have known

The boy is flying home

Coming to be laid to rest next to her.

 

Sister wails and father asks

Where is my boy, where is his mortal frame

And then the muazin calls

He rises and leaves for the mosque.

 

Yet again we have been reminded of the certainty of death

Only for us to forget & behave like immortals

For us to continue living in illusion

Illusion of infiniteness of time

The next day.

 

The coffin has been handed over to the silent souls

Another flight has landed

And another boy in a box has come home.

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Chezie na daaram gairi dil

The last leaf has fallen and the chill has set in, it is winter in Kashmir. No doubt every season in Kashmir has its own charm, still winter stands apart from the rest of the seasons for the local households for a number of reasons (one among being its aptness for bitching & story telling).

With movement and other activities restricted due to weather and other reasons, people (especially old) tend to stick around homes so that when the emergency comes (water/ snow enters one’s shoes or when Kangri needs a refill) the sanctuary is nearby. This creates a unique atmosphere, people with nothing to do, hands tucked inside a pheran holding a Kangri and discussing about everything under the sun to keep their mouth warm (as if Kashmiri’s need a reason to wag their tongue).

During an unwilling walk in the heatless Sun of November, came across a couple of elderly men, they were discussing the recent appointment of the new Pakistani army chief. The newspapers had made a point to highlight the ‘Kashmiri’ link of the General and how could have these gentlemen missed it. Now that both the PM and army chief of Pakistan are ‘Kashmiris” still it was unable to infuse any hope in these old souls with regards to the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. They went on to discuss how Kashmir has produced many towering figures and yet Kashmir is a leaderless nation. Tempted by the possibilities of the directions the discussion could go in, I quietly sat among them. The names from the who’s who list that featured in the discussion, some were the usual ones like Alama Iqbal (National poet of Pakistan), Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru (1st PM of Independent India), Syed Mostafavi Musavi Khomeini (1st Supreme Leader of Iran), Maulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri(highly respected Islamic Scholar, Shaykh al-Hadith) and there were some which surprised me like Tipu Sultan (also known as Tiger of Mysore), Hakim Mumin Khan Mumin ( The court poet & Teacher of the last Mughal emperor) , Charaka (father of medicine, Ayurveda). As I showed my surprise when some of these names were mentioned their eyes became pointed and “you people don’t read any more, you waste your time with these satan toys (pointing towards mobile in my hands), you don’t read poetry or history but being able to use these gadgets you feel like you know everything and the world is at your finger tips”, came the reply and apart from being silent and hope for the resumption of narration, I didn’t know what to do or say. When I asked where exactly from Kashmir Mumin Khan Mumin was, I was told he belonged to a village called Pinglen in Pulwama district of South Kashmir, elated that I know something, I Kind of boosted that I know the village & have been there couple of times as one of my friend lives there. Before the old guard could question my friends knowledge about his own village, I interjected saying that my friend would know of it. All this conversation was punctuated by couplets from Urdu , Persian & Kashmiri poetry, but the one that lingered on with me the whole day was Persian couplet written by Alama Iqbal on his Kashmir visit;

Ba’ resham Kaba Khaja az mehnate oo
Nasibie tanash Jamie tar tare

His labor adorns his master in fine silk
A tattered robe is all he gets on his frail frame

This couplet was written by Iqbal to depict the condition of the silk workers of Kashmir, but now when seen in the context of the above conversation it seems to convey that Kashmir has produced leaders for the world yet none for self!

After we finished discussing the leaders Kashmir has produced, came up the topic of Iqbal’s Sopore visit! I was very surprised to know about it, why I didn’t know about it surprised me more. While on his Kashmir visit Alama Iqbal was invited to Jamia Qadeem Sopore by Hakeem Ghulam Mohammad Lal( maam’ kol) and was accompanied by Choudry Hashmatullah and Mohammad Din Foq. The host arranged for a joy ride in Wular lake (besides other things) for his guests, to keep the guests entertained a Shikara with musicians accompanied them. One can only imagine how the guests would had felt with the great expanse of Wular soothing their eyes and the poetry of Rahim Sahib Sopori in the voice of Abdul Aziz Shagoo (Aziz Thal’le) reaching their ears. It is said that most of the poetry was Kashmiri except for some words in Persian, the only words Iqbal would have understood were ‘Cheezie na daaram gairi dil‘. Despite Iqbal being unable to understand the lyrics, he so much liked the way Aziz Thal’le sang that as a token of appreciation he gave him a 1Rupee coin.

As the 1 rupee coin was being handed my Satan’s Toy rang summoning me back to the world of deadlines, pretenses and Bitcoin.

Scams & Kashmir

As the airplane lands at the Sheik Ul Alam International(name sake) airport, Srinagar and the seat belt signs turn off one’s first action is to turn on their respective phones. To utter shock of some (mostly first time visitors) their pre-paid phones have been rendered useless.

While I was planning a trip home (which was supposed to be short) I fore hand new what to expect, so I asked family members and friends if they had any spare SIM card and when I was told that there was one (as one of our family members had ditched the private service provider for BSNL) I felt lucky. While probing the reasons for shifting to BSNL was told that this particular service provider deducted minimum Rs 5 per month for no reason. At this time I remembered a survey I had conducted almost a year back by asking family members, friends & acquaintances certain question (via a questionnaire) about their mobile usage and arbitrary deductions they faced. The data thus collected presented a staggering figure that was unduly deducted from the J&K subscribers. While I intended to share the findings the ill timed crash of my laptop (which I had to be replaced with a new one) forced me not to share as I lost everything related to the survey.

While trying to finish my work quickly here in Kashmir so that I could leave before the onset of the winter I faced the demon of undue deductions myself (every time I tried to contact customer care ‘due to technical up gradation in process were not able to provide me any information!) , to add to my misery a certain clerk in a certain government office, who’s signature would allow me to say goodbye to the winter chill (which I so desperately want), has been missing for over a month now.

Now here I am facing this winter chill, cursing myself for not bringing my shoes with me & for warm clothes am dependent on my brothers wardrobe . At the same time every day there is hope that today the clerk will come and tomorrow I will be on my way to warmer weathers.

With all this going on couple of days back I was digging deep in my email account when a found a rough draft regarding the telecom survey which I had shared with a friend. So now I felt the need to share it, but at the same time I would like to highlight that the survey I conducted had a very small sample size (about 50) and all of them where from Kashmir province but the data gathered thus has been used to make calculations for the whole J&K. I don’t claim the finding to be 100% accurate but they certainly give us an idea of how big this scam is. At the same time I hope that some one with better resources will do a detailed survey and expose these private telecom service providers and their malpractices.

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Mobile Service providers cheat JK subscribes for 1.9 crore monthly and 22 crore annually
 
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A month long survey has revealed that subscribes of J&K are being ripped off by different private mobile service providers for crores of rupees.
In the survey the pre-paid customers of different mobile service providers were asked questions about the arbitrary deductions for different value added services and the frequency with which they face these deductions. Questions regarding accessibility of customer care and their ability to resolve their problems were also asked.
The survey has revealed that 16%* customers of Vodafone and Reliance face arbitrary deductions every month which translates into 3386880** & 2600640** rupees monthly.
During the survey 9%* customers of Airtel, market leader in J&K, and 14%* customers of Aircel, 2nd largest network in J&K responded that they are facing arbitrary monthly deduction which translates into 5613300 and 6826680 rupees respectively.
The total amount of money which all these four mobile service providers rip off from their respective customers is RS 18427500** per month and the annual figure swells up to Rs 22,11,30,000**.

 
*who participated in the survey
** calculated on the basis of customer base as of on March 2012
*** For the ease of calculations all the subscribers are considered as prepaid and it is assumed that the number of new customers added this year is equal to the number of postpaid customers.

Gandhi’s nation never got freedom

Today everybody seems to be bitten by the Gandhi bug, everyone is quoting him , everyone seems to adore and respect his ideals. But how many really understand what Gandhi stood for? How many understand the goal that Gandhi strived for till his last breath? How many of us have to courage to walk the path of Gandhi?

Today India and the world is celebrating the birthday of Gandhi. India calls him the father of nation but the nation that Gandhi aspired to free from the clutches of British Empire was never born.

Gandhi dreamt of Independent India as a utopian nation that would be the beacon of non-violence and truth for the whole world. It was for this nation’s freedom that he was fighting for.

The freedom that India compromised to was simply the change of guard, nothing else changed. The machinery and systems remained the same. The English empire was nothing more than an extension of multinational corporation, setup by the 24 English merchants in response to the five shilling increase in the price of pound of pepper, in action. If we compare the current scenario still it is the MNC’s who control or influence the functioning of the Indian government, be it eviction of the advisees from their land in order to exploit the resources hidden in the womb of earth or taking over of agriculture for setting up of a factory or submerging of numerous villages and displacement of indigenous people for the want of a dam.

For the poor the “Lagaan” never was abolished, just changed form, now it has taken the form of bribes, taxes and loans. Which a peasant has to pay either with his life’s earning or his life. No doubt the famines have become thing of the past but that doesn’t mean no one dies of hunger. To visit all the miseries of the nation one just needs to take a look beneath the shiny cover that has been put in place, one just needs to visit the villages and its poor. Gandhi wanted to build a nation which would derive its power from its villages but the India that has come into being has forgotten its villages. The villager, whom to empower Gandhi struggled are dying of hunger, they are committing suicide as they no more are able to till their fields.

Gandhi wanted countries top politicians, bureaucrats and leaders to show the way and lead a simple life but has happened is that their lives have become so full of pompous display that the supposed servants have transformed into the masters against whom Gandhi had fought. Gandhi had predicted the emergence of this new elite class of bureaucrats who will be disconnected from the people but will be responsible for making decisions for them, unless they are made to toil in mud with the peasants of India. Today we have politicians debating and justifying Rs 35 enough to survive a month or to how many delicious treats one can treat himself to for Rs 5! Today’s leaders have no shame in stealing from the poor or even the dead. Scam after scam is coming forth, be it coffin scam or paper scam, but still these politicians claim to be the torch bearers of Gandhi.

The so called representatives of the Indian people have let go of no opportunity to mock at the Gandhi’s philosophy and yet at the end of the day quote the same Gandhi to forward their self-interests. They didn’t spare even the name “Gandhi”, Indira the daughter of Pandit Nehru married a parsi by the name Firoz Ghandy, being intelligent enough to understand the importance and value of the name “Gandhi” she changed the spelling of the last name to Gandhi, to fool the innocent and sentimental people of India. Vinayak Narhar Bhave (friends called him Vinobha) a Gandhain was the first to notice this and he was not going to let it go easily but he was no MK Gandhi.

Through his fasts Gandhi galvanized an entire nation, made the most powerful nation to shake and ultimately accept the fact that they had to leave from India. The last fast of this great man was not against any colonist nation but against his own people. The objectives of the fast were to enforce peace in Delhi in particular and in India & Pakistan at large, which were had descended into frenzy of sectarian violence after partition. The second objective was to make government of India give government of Pakistan the promised Rs 550 million share after partition. Gandhi considered the Indian government’s decision to withhold the payment as dishonorable. He was of the view that when a man or government had freely and publicly entered into an agreement, as india had on the issue, there could be no turning back. Moreover, he wanted Indi to set the world an example by her international behaviour, to offer a display of ‘soul-force’ on a worldwide scale. It was intolerable to him that so soon after her birth India be guilty of so immoral an action. Yet the same India couple of days back through its PM, by claiming Kashmir to be its integral part and would accept no compromise on it, denied the promise it had made on the same floor!

Whatever Gandhi aspired India to become, it never became and whatever he had achieved, even if symbolically, has been undone; Harijans are being referred as untouchables again, khadi is worn more by foreigners than inhabitants!

There can’t be a worst way to disrespect a person than to claim him to be the father of the nation and make that nation stand for everything that that person stood against. India is a nation which is at war against its own people and is even occupying people against their wish.

I have no doubt that had Gandhi been alive today he would be fasting in some part of India against the some sort of injustice and falsehood. I want to believe that the little man is still out there walking the dirt paths with the song on his lips

“Akela chalo re , yedi tor dhak sune keu na asse tabe, akela chalo re
Akela chalo, akela chalo
Akela chalo re”

“Walk alone, If they answer not your call, walk alone
Walk alone, walk alone
Walk alone”

Understanding the epidemic of Rape

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Every time there is rape in india (they do happen very often) how media reports it depends on whether it is worthy enough to earn some brownie points. if it is they make an issue of it (an issue should had been made every time) otherwise it is reported on the 4th or fifth pages of newspapers. When an issue has been made out of it a public frenzy follows, somebody has to be made accountable (co-accused) besides the accused. Ultimately the  search ends at the home (family) of the accused but not before highlighting the inefficiency of police and government at large.  Then we return to our homes satisfied and happy about the fact that our efforts led to the arrest (which doesn’t happen in all the reported cases of rape) and fast tracking the case in court (which otherwise can take decades). We rest carefree  till another rape of a young girl in a metropolitan city is reported!

What we don’t do during all this is introspect as a society, try to figure out how we collectively are responsible for these gruesome acts.

After the notorious Delhi gang rape New York Times  conducted an interview with David Lisak, a renowned Psychologist and an expert in violent crime. While replying  to a question as to how should government curb these crimes, he said “Response has to be on multiple levels. First there’s the safety of individuals– you need a criminal– justice response, you need to be more successful at capturing and prosecuting criminals to send a message, ‘this is criminal behavior that will be punished’. Then you have to look why groups of men are doing this.”

So here a famous psychologist charts for us preventive measures as well tell us how to go to the root cause of the disease, but we seem to hear only the first part and completely neglect the importance of the next. No doubt the preventive measures help in decreasing the frequency of the crime but the crime is not going to just vanish unless we address the root cause.

In order to highlight the importance the preventive measure let me quote another renowned psychologist, Dr Rajat Mitra, he is one of the few in India who has closely studied sex offenders to understand the motivation behind their attacks. He interviewed hundreds of sex offenders in Delhi’s Tihar Jail over several years during his research.  Dr Rajat in conversation with India Ink (New York Times) about his research findings says, “There was a wide spread belief among offenders that they were going to get away; they thought they would be able to circumvent the system. It was usually their third or fourth crime, and their confidence level that they would be able to get away was very high. Any behavioral psychologist would tell you that this does not come with first crime.”

We all would agree to these findings and in fact the recent gang rape in Mumbai vindicates Dr Rajat’s deduction that they are habitual sex offenders.

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Further in the interview Dr Rajat talks about how active policing could prevent gang rapes, he says “unfortunately, there is very little awareness among the police in India about the functioning and control of such elements. For example, in a city like Hong Kong, if a group of men are seen driving around in an inebriated state, or are seen on the road behaving in an inappropriate manner, a police vehicle would immediately start trailing them, and they would be made to take an alcohol test and be booked if they had already committed any minor offenses, which could be a step towards preventing a bigger crime. The police are on active lookout to prevent such situations before they occur.”

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We do somewhat accept the failure of justice system and policing, not because we are a responsible society but because it absolves us as society and individuals from any wrong doing. But the times has come when we have to accept as a society our part of responsibility and stop blaming the families of criminals only, for the wrong upbringing  .

Judith Rich Harris, a well known psychology researcher, who developed model of visual information processing and co-authored text books about developmental psychology with Robert Liebert. In 1994 she formulated a new theory of child development, focusing on the peer group rather than the family, for which she received the American Psychological Association’s George A Miller Award. This new theory formed the base for her book “The Nurture Assumption” in which she challenges the idea of personality of adults being determined mainly by the way their parents bring them up and argues that peer influence and community influence are more important than family environment in determining how the child turns out.

Another research conducted by psychologists John Darley and Daniel Batson, seems to justify the findings of Miss Harris,   in which they argue that more than the nature or beliefs or upbringing of a person it is the situation itself that decides what a person is going to do in that given situation.

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Now that we have understood that it is the situation rather than the person which is more responsible for the crime, we need to take a deeper look at the  situations or precursors that make a person to commit crime. To have a bit of idea about this first we need to understand the theory of “broken window”.  To understand this theory lets assume a situation, assume there is a play ground and there is a building near by. One day while playing the kids accidently break a window, scared they immediately run from the play ground. Next day they return to the playground, they see the broken window and while playing they try not to break another. Some days pass by but the window has not been repaired yet , so kids break another window but this time consciously, for fun. And soon the day comes when there are no more windows to break.

For a crime problem to be stopped or nipped in bud it has to be understood. To put a stop to the raping spree we have to fix the broken windows and keep on repairing each new broken window before another one is broken. For that we need to identify the broken windows first.  Dr Rajat has already helped us to identify couple of broken windows, we need to eliminate these precursors of  crime, the cues that seem to convey to the criminal that it is ok to commit a crime as nobody is going to hold them responsible and accountable. To start with we can start with the following:

  1. Need for overhauling of judicial system, as the current judicial system provides more confidence to the offender that he will be set free than to the victim.
  2. Need for active policing, being proactive rather than waiting for the crime to happen.
  3. Need to sensitize police and public regarding rape:  police needs to be sensitized about  how heinous as a crime rape is. Police need to understand that it is no ordinary crime, right now even the top police officials behave and talk about rape as just another crime or no crime at all, rather they speak of it as a repercussion to the victims actions (her dressing sense, her independent nature…). Dr Rajat while speaking about his research in Tihar jail says that around completion of his research a senior police officer came upto him and said, “what is there to research about rape?” (Rape main kya study karne wali cheez hai)
  4. Need for training police: officials need to be trained how to handle a rape case and how to talk to a rape victim. According to Dr Rajat, during his research, he didn’t come across even a single officer who had been trained in how to conduct interview with the rape victim.
  5. Need for women to stop accepting harassment and stand for their rights: women need to stop accepting sexual harassment, groping, eve teasing, trashy comments as a part of their day and instead make the harasser see that it is not acceptable.Women need to stop waiting for some gentleman to deliver their rights to them rather demand them. Remember it is the environment or situation that makes a gentleman a gentleman. Seemingly insignificant things like making a person vacate  a seat reserved for women can have significant effect. What is happening is women, especially young girls wait for the man to vacate the seat while they silently stand nearby. This makes them vulnerable for to be exploited by another person standing nearby. The person standing nearby  will see this young girl as the one who prefers to keep silent, so he will stand too close to comfort, that is just the beginning. So stop waiting and start demanding.
  6. Say no to trashy Movies: we as a society need to stand up and say enough is enough and no more movies which glorify eve teasing. Movies have made us to think of things, which some years ago were out and out unacceptable, as acceptable.
  7. Women no commodity: no matter what we a company is selling but it needs a scantly clothed women to sell it. Some times it is hard to figure out what exactly the ad is selling. It is high time to start projecting women more than just beautiful commodities. Companies (ad companies) won’t do this on their own, unless we demand it.
  8. Make every one equal before law: Every one who is accused or has committed this crime should be treated the same. No one should be given a differential treatment, no matter who he is, be it some powerful politician, a god-man or an army officer. How can in one case a victims word be considered good enough to register a case and in other you rubbish it as useless accusation. As has been discussed earlier small things have great significance, they have a cascading effect.
  9. The temple of law shouldn’t protect accused: many sitting legislatures of the Indian parliament are accused of rape but they still continue to sit in the temple of law representing people making a mockery of judicial system of the country. They should at least be suspended till investigation is completed and then a call should be taken according to investigation report. At least this will send a message to the common man that even the powerful can’t escape from the consequences, how can he.
  10. Object to objectionable: if we are not going to object to people using objectionable language or signs then why should they think we would stop them from doing what is unacceptable.   Draw a line what is acceptable and what is not and when someone crosses that line make sure that you point out to them, be it in office, home or in public place. Even if you overhear a person passing a livid comment on some one else in public place do object. Make people around you know that words like maal, item etc  are not acceptable to you, whether you are a male or female, by doing so you make sure you, your wife, girlfriend, sister or mother  are addressed (referred to) respectfully. When some one refers to coach reserved for women as maal dabaa  make sure you object.

On social media India is already being referred as #Rapistan, how long before it replaces “snake charmers”!

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Faces and Places

When ever we are visiting a place our mind not only registers the landscape of the place but also faces. Almost every public place (a tourist place / market / college / residential area…) in the world can be linked to a face, to a person, to a character but we don’t know it until we visit that place and that face is missing. Then our eyes unconsciously start searching for that face when our eyes  fail to locate the face our tongue comes to aid and we start asking people around about the missing face.

old-delhi-ear-cleaning-6If we look at New Delhi’s  most famous meeting place, Connaught Place (CP), if you been to CP try to search for a face which you can associate with it…. When I search for a face which I associate with CP, a man dressed in white shirt & trousers , a light orange colored cap carefully placed in the center of head, the cap gives the illusion of an orange rabbit sitting on the head with its little ears listening to the surrounding sounds  ( need help from your imagination ), an ear bud placed behind an ear, a small bag sling across his shoulder and him wandering around offering his services to clean ears. (Click here for an intresting post about ear cleaners )

Recently I came across a story in The Hindu regarding an old man (over 100 years old), who earns his living around Lal Qila (Red fort, Old Delhi) through a weighing machine with its needle stuck at 49 kg and I thought that this is the face of old Delhi for the writer and a lot of other people.

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A friend told me that even after having left Hamdard University for over three years when ever he thinks about the University the  old man’s face, who used to work in the canteen, pops up. This particular old man was around 80 years old, was from UP (Uttar Pradesh), had to work and scrap a living even in this ripe age as he had three unmarried daughters at home.

Every place no matter how big or small, whether visited in large number or is a forgotten dark corner  can be associated with a face. So is the case with Kashmir’s famous Lal Chowk, for you to associate Lal chowk with the face with which I do, you need to be a frequent visitor or a frequent visitor needs to point out the face (character) otherwise you will mistake him as a usual tourist rooming around, leaving or looking for a room. This person carries couple of bags (which I assume are empty), wears a hat, has large headphones and just walks around (reminds me of Alan Garner from movie Hangover). What is the story of this guy I don’t know, do you?

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the_hangover15While visiting Jammia Millia and maneuvering my way around the campus by asking directions met a person who became my face for jammia. I was asking a campus security personal for directions and another person (seemingly lost in his own world) with my back turned towards him  started chanting in loop the names of places from kashmir, “Srinagar, Anantnag, Islamabad, Baramulla, Bandipora, Kulgam, Kupwara…”, as I became curious I asked the campus security whether the person was from Kashmir, he said no. Before I could further inquire about the person, he said why don’t you talk to him yourself. So my first question was where from he was, he said he was born in Jammia  and spent his life in Jammia only. My next question was has he been to Kashmir and he said never, then he asked me where from Kashmir I was , I said Baramulla. At this moment the campus security interrupted and said that there are lot of Kashmiri students on campus, he remembers the  names of the places they are from and the next time you meet him he will call you by saying hey Baramulla!

Is J&K Bank Cheating and Exploiting Kashmiri Youth?

This is a guest post by Sher Shah

JK bank Celebrating 75 years

JK bank Celebrating 75 years

The Kashmiri people are very proud of their Valley and its beauty. If you happen to have a Kashmiri friend or have met a kashmiri you would have seen and observed how proudly they boost about it. The only other thing that Kashmiris seems to feel proud about is Jammu & Kashmir Bank. The reason a kashmiri is so fond of this bank is because they feel like it is their bank and when they are talking about the JK Bank, a Kashmiri wont miss to mention to his non-Kashmiri friend the long list of awards which the bank has won ( Some people are of the opinion that the only reason JK Bank got these awards was because they themselves sponsor the whole event!).

The institution which the kashmiri’s are so found of, the only pioneer & benchmark in the corporate arena of J&K State, and its management has very shrewdly exploited the situation of unemployment in this State. Why should one blame the Indian Inc, when our own JK Bank has exploited & betrayed 100’s of qualified & professional youth.

In 2010, JK Bank vide notification no HRD/CDW/2010-2692, Dated 26-09-2010 advertised the posts of banking associates in the normal pay scale (which in that advertisement was given as Rs. 7200-24900). 1000’s of candidates were called for interview after they qualified written test. Among this lot were 100’s of MBA’s, engineers, LLB’s etc who left their jobs outside the state, to prepare for the interviews so that they can work for JK Bank, knowing that they will get a good salary. However, the shocker came when the qualified candidates received their offer letters, Instead of the pay scale advertised, the offer letter mentioned the salary as a consolidated amount of Rs. 9000 and cash in hand would be around Rs. 8000 per month for 6 Months of probation. People felt betrayed but still joined believing that everything will be okay after 6 months of probation. However, more than 10 months passed and there was no communication from the Human Resource department about confirmation. But when the order (circular) for confirmation came in the month of November 2012 and effect was given from September 2012. In the circular it was mentioned that the bank had taken 9 months as probation period instead of 6 months which was communicated to us. To add insult, when it was calculated the probationary period actually served comes to 10  months, so time and again JK Bank management is doing as it wishes with no regard for law. People continue to work long hours  and are paid peanuts, which won’t be possible in any other State but JK Bank knows very well that these banking associates have no other option here, so they have went on exploiting them so that they can save from their salary bill and add more to the profits. Every banking associate feels cheated & exploited by their own JK Bank, so how can this bank expect any kind of loyalty or extra effort from these employees in future or in times of need.
Many candidated can’t even meet the EMI of their education loan, no to talk of helping their families financially. Now JK Bank has advertised Relationship Executive (RE) posts and these RE’s will be exploited for 2 years, given a consolidated pocket money and these 2 years won’t be calculated in their service. Every other bank hires officers and does not exploit them but JK Bank knows people will join  them keeping in view unemployment scenario of state so they can go on exploiting them so as to add to their profits. The attitude of Management is such that they have not bothered to disclose the number of RE’s to be appointed, so candidates can’t even work out the probabilities of selection. The recruitment process will be done in a clandestine manner (Word is already on the street that the Bank Management is demanding a bribe of 7 lac rupees for appointment as RE) and the bank will do whatever it wants as it is the one eyed king in this country of blind.

Serving to Empower