New Delhi: Last week, The Guardian newspaper published an article titled “The new status symbol: it’s not what you spend, it’s how hard you work".
The article was not about Labour Day but the headline got wide attention and certainly put into perspective a bigger issue—Is dignity of labour gaining wider acceptance?
On Monday, from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, the who’s who of the country spoke about dignity of labour and the contribution that humble workers make to an economy. As the world celebrates Labour Day, here is what Indian leaders are saying on social media platforms:
Prime Minister Modi: “Today, on Labour Day, we salute the determination and hard work of countless workers who play a big role in India’s progress. Shrameva Jayate!"
Bandaru Dattatreya, Union labour minister: “Let’s celebrate #LabourDay which has built up this great land. I call upon the workers to join hands for a bright future of the country."
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev: “Work is an expression of who you are, so who you are needs to be worked at."
Vasundhara Raje, chief minister of Rajasthan: “On this day, let’s commit to upholding the dignity of labour—celebrate the hands that serve, build and strengthen our country."
Office of Rahul Gandhi: “On Labour Day we pay tribute to the hard work of the true nation builders. In the success of their dreams lies the progress of our nation."
Baijayant Jay Panda, Lok Sabha MP: “Labour Day in India must go beyond celebrating the struggle of the 6% who have formal jobs and focus on the 94% in the informal sector."
CITU, a central trade union: “(CITU) reaffirms its full confidence that imperialist conspiracies to undermine socialism and restore capitalism would be decisively defeated; that the defensive struggles of today will get heightened into struggles aiming at the emancipation of the working class and the toiling people from the exploitative capitalist system. (CITU) reasserts its commitment to socialism and its resolve to continue its struggle for a society free from exploitation of one human being by another."
Naveen Jindal, chairman, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd: “A big thank you to the millions of workers and labourers for their hard work and dedication on Labour Day."
Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel laureate: “If 168 million children are freed from child labour, 200 million jobless adults could possibly be employed."
Randeep S. Surjewala, Congress spokesperson: “Workers want justice, not words of consolation."