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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014
On shaky ground here
Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 02, 2012
First Published: 00:09 IST(2/8/2012)
Last Updated: 00:11 IST(2/8/2012)

It is only in vain that policymakers and industrialists vex over ways and means of ferreting out a policy that keeps the workforce happy. The solution to persistent demands for fair wages, job security or reasonable working hours has always been elementary, easy and within reach. Carmaker Maruti Suzuki, who recently suffered a nasty jolt when violence broke out at its Manesar plant, has woken up to the fact that it was irregular vaastu that lay at the root of the problems. The fault, in this case, was not so much in the stars but in the soil that made them such underlings.

So do not be alarmed or amused if you see the right honourable vaastu experts around the said factory (or anywhere else, since others are bound to learn their lessons), sniffing, digging, or sifting in their attempt to figure out what lies beneath the spate of problems the company's suffered of late. News reports suggest that the existence of a burial ground on what are now factory premises may have been the source of problems. We say it is better that experts go around de-weeding the complex of physical skeletons; the task of snuffing out the invisible skeletons in the closet that go by the name of workers' discontent is so not worth the effort.

And if the fad catches on, there is no reason why others cannot follow suit. Instead of groaning about our murky politics and inadequate politicians, all we need is to dismantle the Herbert Baker-built Parliament building (a square or rectangular building is allegedly better vaastu) to solve our woes. Others can quickly learn: Buckingham Palace can surely use a quick-fix to guarantee that the British royalty does not rush into irrelevance, as can the United Nations headquarters in New York to lend some chutzpah to its proceedings. On a vaastu-solid footing, people and organisations are unlikely to be ever caught on the wrong foot.


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