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Calcutta Diary

Calcutta Diary AM IF you have the fortune or misfortune of having an encounter on the theme with New Delhi's officialdom, ruling politicians included, you cannot but come away with the impression that all trade union leaders are louts and deserve to be put away under the Defence of India Rules. The indignation keeps boiling over: if only organised labour were a little intransigent, if only it could be persuaded to restrain its unreasonableness while pressing for higher wages and bonus, milk and honey, you would be told, would start flowing in the country. There would then be more of surplus left with the government and the industrialists for additional capital formation leading to expansion of employment. The biggest enemies of the millions of unemployed in the country, you would be left with not the least doubt, are the irresponsible lot of left- lining labour leaders whose exclusive interest lies in pushing up, through foul means or other, the wage-level of those already employed. From there, the inference is only one hop away that the unemployed of the world ought to unite and bash the heads of the employees paying subscriptions to trade unions and those of their professional office-bearers.

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