Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Illusion


An organization held an award ceremony for one of its departments. The whole department used to sit in one particular building. The head of the function was also stationed in the same building. All people who had been employees of the organization for 3 and 5 years were awarded badges of honor in the ceremony by the head in a glittering ceremony. It was a good function. The awardees were teased about these being their Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.

But shortly after, a few things came to light. There were some categories of people who did not get awards even though they qualified as per the number of years they had served in the organization.

The first category was of people who belonged to a particular area of work within the function which was considered outside territory because there happened to be a separate office for doing their background work. Never mind that these people worked in the same office as others and contributed as much as anybody else in the general working of the department. These people wouldn’t have gotten any award, no matter how long they may have worked for the organization, because hey, they were outsiders!

The second category included people who were initially hired as temporary staff due to whatever reasons and then later absorbed as employees by the organization after working for, say, 1 or 2 years on temporary basis. For these people, the time of 3 or 5 years would be calculated since the day they gained permanent status.

These are the people who fell under the category Padma Illusion.

And this is what set me wondering, could this be the case with most things out there….

© Ankita Kala 2015

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