Jabir Karat, Founder of Green Worms is a great proponent of No Sir No madam ploy. Jabir is a post graduate from Delhi University and lives in Thamarassery, Kerela. He received Gandhi Fellowship and visited Andheri Slum in Mumbai. The concept of garbage processing struck him at this point of time. Later on, he underwent training with the Environmental Protection and Service Organization led by Vellore Srinivasan near Coimbatore.
Jabir at a very tender age realized that waste is misplaced resource in India. So he focused on events like conferences, marriages, etc., introducing the “Zero Waste Events” concept. His company, Greens Worms is now providing Waste Management services and advice on making surroundings waste free during such special occasions. Jabir addresses himself as a social entrepreneur.
He shares his view upon No Sir No Madam “it is an initiative with courage to change the world. Everyone should join the drive for spanking transshipment.”
Jabir is an upholder of No Sir No Madam expedition. He states — I am the youngest in the organization, and I respect all the other elder employees without salutations. First-name culture initiates the proper communication that leads to better relations.
He shares an incident from Gandhi fellowship Mumbai, his previous workplace where No Sir No madam culture was followed. “I learned this culture to show respect without graters from my senior manager. He adjured to call him as Ranjit, instead of creating a bar of age.” Eradication of Sir/Madam culture comes with lots of benefits like free creation and innovation. An organization succeeds, when authorities and employees work together.
Consumption of Sir/Madam gives the birth to autocratic leadership in government organization. He unveils that the government officials prefer to be designated as Sir/Madam. They get offended when referred by first-names. Jabir opines, by evacuating Sir/Madam practice, corruption can also be eradicated, as there will be straightforwardness in the framework. Government Officers suppress us by this adoration of Sir/Madam.
Giving the salutation without respect is worthless. Public pleads them only to get things done on time. For instance — If someone gets caught once by the traffic police, then he is troubled even if there is no concrete reason, he laughs.
Jabir mentions, “At times, taking business as priority, I end up calling the health inspectors as Sir. While, I really do not respect them. In Barley, people address officials, seniors, and fellow colleagues as ‘chetta’ (bhaiya) and ‘chechi’ (didi). This practice gives mutual respect and also makes everyone feels at parity.”
In India, the type of job one is doing has created social disparity since ages. Lacking a sense of dignity of labor, people tend to disregard and disrespect working class laborers. Drivers, sweepers, and house-help maids are made to feel inferior. Forcing the Sir/Madam taboo habit makes them feel as subservient.
Jabir believes that all are equal, and everyone has a dignity. Nobody is inferior or superior. Truth is that we cannot survive if these people go on strike. Therefore, it is vital that we abolish the culture of Sir/Madam to spread equality.
Now-a-days people judge others based on money and clothes. They treat you as the deficient people, if you are not dressed well. No matter what you have achieved. This culture of equality should be started from initial levels of education. Thus, school/colleges will create a strong base for better tomorrow.
In the end, he appreciates the cause for spreading awareness within the society. “It is not just the question of demeaning Sir/Madam; rather it is a serious issue of equality, dignity, and self-respect of individual. All of us should take an initiative to perform our best. Promote this movement in every part of the country, especially with government bureaucrats.” As a famous proverb says — smart work will always shine and show.