Rajesh Gupta: Give Merit to people based on Their Talent and Skills, Not on Their Background
Rajesh Gupta, the Founder-operations head at Webespire Consulting (https://www.webespire.com) encourages the widespread awareness of No Sir No Madam movement in India. Webespire is a recognized Offshore IT & Marketing Consulting service provider for next-generation business needs. They offer exceptional services with rich set of skills across diverse platforms.
Rajesh is a long-serving ace in the field of IT Design Development, Marketing and business development. He has spent more than 12 years of his career working as a Core Software Developer, Marketing and business operation head for various organizations.
He believes that No Sir No Madam is an important requisite for any organization in today’s world. Rajesh has seen the discrepancy ‘Sir/Madam’ creates in the workplace, having worked in various companies. He states — Most people in the corporate world do not respect skills of an individual. Whereas, they encourage behavior of individuals who butter up to their seniors. I venture that implementing No Sir No Madam in a professional world would reduce the bias treatment an individual has to go through.
“I remember once, out of habit, I addressed a senior and well respected professional as ‘Sir’. He was quick to correct me and informed me to refer him by his first-name. It is inspiring to see someone so affluent, not giving importance to salutations. It is only the well-educated people who do not mind what they are addresses as, as long as the quality of the work is not jeopardized,” shares Rajesh.
On the other hand, there are people who consider ‘Sir/Madam’ as the only form of displaying respect. Rajesh opines that it is because of the way we all have been brought up. Our Indian culture teaches us to respect our elder and seniors. As a result, some individuals take offense to be addressed by their first-name. These people need to be educated about why addressing someone with a salutation is not the only way of displaying honor.
Furthermore, he highlights the discrimination, less fortunate people have to face while dealing with government officials. Rajesh remarks — Bureaucrats tend to be polite and welcoming to people who are well-educated and confident in their body language. They know that mistreating them could lead to severe repercussions. As a result, officers are very cordial with such people. However, people from less-fortunate backgrounds are subjected to rude behavior. Such prejudice needs to be eradicated in order to purvey equality.
In continuation, Rajesh shares his thoughts on the unfair favoritism, people from lower-economic section have to face. He enunciates “Blue-collar workers need to be made aware about the opportunities No Sir no Madam ideology can present them with. There have been a lot of cases, where the children of maids and drivers have become IAS officers or other esteemed professionals. It has been possible only because the parents felt confident about their job and encouraged their kids to achieve more in life.
Likewise, people should work on empowering workers and make them feel pride from their work. They would be able to consider themselves as equal so that their kids can develop and accomplish more in his or her life.
Such change needs widespread education of individuals. Ergo, Rajesh recommends implementing No Sir No Madam doctrine in schools and colleges. This would enable kids to learn about the positive effects of first-name tradition. Additionally, it would encourage kids from underprivileged backgrounds to have a sense of dignity and individuality about themselves.
Moreover, he suggests, government should take up the responsibility of spreading awareness about this cause. More and more people would be able to reap benefits of it once they are enlightened about No Sir No Madam drive.
In the end, he comments, “Respect people as equal and give merit to individuals based on their capabilities and skills.”