4 min read.Updated: 30 Jun 2019, 09:25 PM ISTManu Joseph
India’s many flaws taken together are a giant employment generation mechanism
Three malnourished men in paramilitary costumes check the car as it enters the hotel. One security guard has an under-vehicle search mirror that looks more expensive than he. The second man gestures the driver to open the boot. The third man looks into the boot, and no one in the world knows what he is looking for. Across the nation, outside every hotel and mall, the man who peers into the boot and into the car will ignore huge suitcases and bags, probably even corpses. His job is just to look and wave you through. These men were once farmers, scholars of the land, and now earn more doing such jobs in the city. Maybe their real job is not to deter a terror attack but to be the first to take the bullets so that richer people inside can be warned by the sound.