This is the story of Suresh, Saravanan, Ravi and the hundreds and thousands of faceless contract workers who have helped build one of India's flagship industrial sectors in the decades since liberalisation.
This is also a concise chronicle of countless young men from the hinterland, some educated and even graduates of the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), who wanted to become part of India's economic rise.
This, then, is the sordid tale of how India Inc. used Bharat to build a world-class automobile sector, but meted out to these young Indians, in return, third-class treatment.
There is hardly a better place to begin than Manesar, the industrial belt adjoining Haryana's Gurgaon, where recent violence at a factory of Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest car maker, left one dead and scores injured.
In a private-owned workers' hostel, a short walk away from the factory, Suresh Pathak describes his achievements as a contract worker for more than a decade in India's automobile sector.
"In 2001, I was a contract worker with Force Motors in Pune on a monthly salary of Rs 7,500," says the ITI graduate from Bihar's Arrah district. "Now, at (Suzuki) Powertrain, I earn Rs 8,500 every month."
That's an annual increment of Rs 100.
Production has to be brought down at Suzuki Powertrain, which supplies diesel engines and transmissions to the Maruti factory, after the lockdown at Manesar.
Pathak is among those who were asked to leave.
Image: In this Thursday, July 19, 2012 file photo, security guards stand near a burnt down reception block of Maruti Suzuki factory in Manesar.
Text: Devjyot Ghoshal, Business Standard
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