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Jobs and dignity of labour!

There is a need for proper understanding of the dignity of labour in our society. And that, those in various fields of work are also respected and valued equally. A closer look into various jobs, one will realise that all jobs are interlinked in one way or the other.

ByR Alexander

Updated 9 Sept 2022, 6:32 pm

Representational Image (PHOTO: IFP)
Representational Image (PHOTO: IFP)

Jobs play a crucial role in our lives for without it, we would have no means of earning for our livelihoods. And jobs can be of many – from finance to technology to marketing to legal to operations to accounting; the list could go on. And to find a good job, qualifications in the form of degrees, certificates and experience are required, even leading to a good pay.

But life is such that there are a larger number of people who do not possess the required qualifications, degrees or certificates for that matter. And these people take more to the so-called labour/physical or odd jobs such as farming, carpentry, pulling rickshaws, house-keeping/cleaning, repair works, etc. And in that process, on many occasions, they have not been given the same respect as doctors, engineers, lecturers/professors or those in the civil services, to name a few. 

In fact, there is almost a tradition of respecting people based on their status in the job, depending on the work/job they do; those in the civil services, doctors, engineers, government officers, etc. are respected more than those in farming, carpentry, repairs works and the likes. And why this differentiation based on one’s work or job?

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The president of the Indigenous People’s Association of Kangleipak (IPAK), during its 9th foundation day on Friday, announced that the association is all set to launch ‘Save Indigenous People’ campaign soon wherein they would promote and encourage indigenous people who are into odd jobs mostly done by non-locals. The president went on to state that the time has come to spread massive awareness that all jobs are equally important and no job is inferior or superior.

Indeed, there is a need for proper understanding of the dignity of labour in our society; the dignity of labour where all forms of jobs/works are respected and valued equally. And that, those in various fields of work are also respected and valued equally. A closer look into various jobs, one will realise that all jobs are interlinked in one way or the other. For instance, a farmer produces food for all while the tools used by farmers are made by engineers. Or a lecturer or a professor would never get to his/her college on time if the labourers do not make the roads.

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In short, there is a need to teach ourselves that every job is important for our livelihood and that one job cannot exist without the other. And it is only when we respect and value all jobs and those engaged in various jobs, be it the blue-collar or the white-collar job, that there will be peace and harmony too. We must also realise that all jobs are like the ten fingers of our hands or the various parts of our body. If one fails to function well, it affects the whole system. Therefore, let us all learn to respect and value the dignity of labour.

(The views expressed are personal)

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R Alexander

R Alexander

Assistant Editor, Imphal Free press

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