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An impressionistic history of the
South Asian Subcontinent
It is foretold! The torrential flow of inexorable destiny!
Vol 1 - An ephemeral glance at feudal languages!

22. Government workers and ordinary workers

The last two posts were aimed at giving a hint on how the changes that came upon the language codes affected the behaviour of the commercial vehicle employees of Malabar.

The clamorous behaviour which had traditionally been there in the private bus employees of Travancore are now an everyday event in Malabar. The bus employees desperate try to gather back their despoiled human dignity by various nefarious means including that of rude shouting, terrorising voices, verbally hammering the passengers who are getting down from the bus, hitting on the body of the bus to create a distressing din, using ear-piercing horns without any adequate reason &c. .

However, there is a wider background for all this.

To understand this very candidly, simply compare the private bus employees with the KSRTC (govt.-owned) bus employees. When speaking in a generalised manner, it may be said that they do not usually display the above-mentioned ‘Upstartedness’ behaviours. Especially those who have received job permanency in the KSRTC.

As per the language codes, their stature of dignity is different. They do not have private owners who address and degrade them as ‘Injhi’ / ‘Nee’ (lowest YOU), or refer to them as ‘avan’ (lowest He/Him). (It is true that they do have supervisors and managers above them.) The very definition that they are government-employees does influence the language codes. It creates huge changes in the codes.

If they taunt and tease the common citizen with provocative words, and they retort back with a ‘Nee’ or ‘Injhi’, it would be considered as addressing a government official with a ‘Nee’. That is something that the government will not allow. There is actually a very specific historical development quite connected to this.

That shall be related later.

It would be a very extraordinary event if a police constable were to address a KSRTC driver with an ‘eda’ or Nee / Injhi. Or refer to them as ‘Avan’ or ‘Oan’.

At the same time, it would also be a very extraordinary event if a policeman does not address a private bus driver with an ‘eda’ or Nee/Injhi, or does not refer to him as an Avan / Oan.

If a verbal fight starts between the KSRTC and private bus employees on the road, the way the policemen deal with the two different groups of persons would be very candidly different, in most cases. This is so because the language codes accorded to the different groups would be different.

If the bus employees have a verbal argument with the passengers, then also there is a marked difference between how the passengers deal with KSRTC and private bus employees. To the government-bus employees, there would be a marked softening of tones and more ‘respect’ in the verbal codes. To the private bus employees, there would be no limit to discourtesy and degrading words.

To the private bus-employees, in many occasions, the short route to get back or get possession of some kind of human dignity would be to practise the above-mentioned loud and boisterous, rude behaviours. In many cases, they would have no other platform to stand on to proclaim their stature of equal dignity in the nation.

0. Book profile

1. The introduction

2. Subjective or objective?

3. The personal deficiencies

4. Desperately seeking pre-eminence

5. Feudal languages and planar languages

6. History and language codes

7. The influence and affect on human beings

8. Malabari and Malayalam

9. Word-codes that deliver hammer blows

10. On being hammered by words!

11. What the Negroes experienced

12. Who should be kept at a distance?

13. Word codes which induce mental imbalance

14. Codes of false demeanours

15. Self-esteem and the urge to usurp

16. Urge to place people in suppression

17. The mental codes of ‘Upstartedness’

18. Codes of rough retorts!

19. The diffused personality

20. The spreading of the substandard

21. How the top layer got soiled

22. Government workers and ordinary workers

23. How the pulling down is done

24. The antipathy for English

25. Quality depreciation in pristine-English

26. Dull and indifferent quality of English

27. Unacceptable efficiency and competence

28. Subservience and stature enhancement

29. Codes of crushing and mutilation

30. The essentialness of a servile subordinate

31. The repository of negativity!

32. The craving for ‘respect’

33. The structure of the Constitution of India

34. The situation in Britain

35. The rights of a citizen of India

36. When rights get translated

37. Three different levels of citizenship!

38. How the mysterious codes get disabled!

39. The craving and the urge to achieve

40. A Constitution in sync with native-culture

41. A people-uprising in the history

42. The new ‘higher caste persons’

43. When the nation surrenders

44. The nonsense in academic textbooks

45. The bloody fool George Washington

46. The wider aims of English education

47. Administration in Malayalam

48. Who should ‘respect’ whom?

49. When antique traditions come back

50. The competition among the oppressed

51. The terror of a lower becoming a higher!

52. The battering power of language codes

53. Verbal sounds which create cataclysm

54. The demise of the power of small despots

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