Amit Kumar: An Artist Who Never Bowed Down to Anyone’s Authority
Amit Kumar, the CEO and founder at Mehta Arts Gallery (http://www.mehtaartgallery.org) is an inspiring follower of No Sir No Madam ideology. Mehta Art Gallery consists of a team of artists that can change your wall into an astonishing piece of art.
He is an MBA, who left his job after realizing he wanted to do something he was passionate about. Being a painting hobbyist, he once submitted his painting in an art exhibition in Noida. Amit received a lot of appreciations and got inspired to Institute his gallery.
Amit has imbibed No Sir No Madam in his team members as well. He declares that letting people address you without a salutation forms a personal bond. If you make your employees adhere to ‘Sir/Madam’ culture, they will always be scared to express themselves. Whereas, No Sir No Madam practice lets everyone convene without any constraints. It makes employees feel like they belong to the organization. Thus, consequently making them work much more efficiently and dedicatedly.
Being an art gallery curator, he has to deal with a lot of artists. Every now and then, artists address Amit as ‘Sir’. Amit articulates — I inform the artists and people coming to my gallery, to address me as Amit. This leads to a friendlier relation, where they can converse with me regarding any matter. Sometimes, it has happened that painting maestros have even given me suggestions on improving my gallery, which has been helpful.
Generally, while dealing with bureaucrats, people address them as ‘Sir/Madam’ out of fear. People are scared that they would end up offending officials, which will complicate their work. Not Amit though! He has always referred government employees by their name, without worrying about the consequences. Amit expresses, “There is no need for a formal greeting, as I show respect by my behavior. “
“Recently, I lost my purse and therefore, had been to a police station to file my complaint. I did not address any police officer as ‘Sir/Madam’. I just refer them by their first-name and added a ‘ji’ at the end. It is a vague concept that people relate respect with salutation. I am respectful in my decorum. Hence, I never had to bow down to anyone’s supremacy.”
For years, Indians have been practicing and imposing ‘Sir/Madam’ custom on people who cannot rebel against it. Majority of the blue-collar workers are looked down upon and have their pride crushed by their employers. No Sir No Madam intends on abolishing such impolitic conducts. Amit understands the less fortunate’s plights. Therefore, he ensures that his workers do not address him as ‘Sir’. He divulges that the workers call him ‘bhaiya’ and interact with him, as if they were friends. “We all are human beings, and no one should be made to feel lower irrespective of any condition,” Amit adds.
Amit ventures, ‘Sir/Madam’ practice is bad for any company, as it develops an autocratic environment. Employees blindly follow any orders given to them and do not interest themselves in giving their opinion. Ergo, affecting the growth within the company, and the individual.
In closure, he mentions — There already exists a lot of social-discrimination in society. Hence, we ought to adopt No Sir No Madam teaching and eradicate disparity among people. For a country to develop, it is essential that there are equality, peace, and harmony. Getting rid of unnecessary hierarchical difference will definitely help in achieving this, he believes.
In a time, where everyone blames each other for the existing problems, Amit is a source of inspiration. He continues to practice first-name greeting in order to purvey equality.