The commuter manifesto: the right of white-collar workers to commute to work every day

A specter haunts India – the specter of communism. All the forces of post-Covid India have entered into holy alliance to banish this specter: edtech and fintech, WFHers and gig workers, broadband providers and video companies.

Where is the opposition party that the opponents in power did not condemn as working at work? Where is the opposition that has not rejected the stigmatization of computerism against the more advanced opposition parties, as well as against its reactionary opponents? Two things follow from this fact:

· All Indian states already recognize that communism is a force.

· It is time for people who live at work to share their views, their goals, their tendencies openly, to the whole world, and meet this children’s tale of the Ghost of Commuterism with a manifesto itself.

To this end, passengers from various professions and walks of life have collaborated with me in this column to express their views in the following manifesto.

Computerism is the belief that everyone should go to work, spend enough hours in the office doing activities that resemble productivity, and then go home. Of course, the journey is not the destination, but it is the core of the idea of ​​the work. Critics have historically pointed out that Indians spend more time in the office than people in most other economies. Ago? Don’t our cities suit you, critics? Then why not WFH in Abbottabad!

A 2018 Boston Consulting Group (BSG) report, Unblocking Cities: The Impact of Ride-Sharing Across India (, found that urban congestion in India is significantly higher – an average of 149% – than in of other Asian cities despite Mumbai’s suburban rail and Delhi/NCR metro services. Perhaps the situation is worse in cities with road transport like Bengaluru and Kolkata. BSG at least offers ridesharing – what

Kshatriyas call car sharing.

The Q1 2019 vs Q1 2018 travel time report ( goes even further, noting that a workday in the four metros “is at least 2 hours in travel time” — and an additional 1.3-1.6 times longer . during peak traffic than other comparable Asian cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City. As if to rub the driver’s nose in the dirt of the data, it adds that Mumbai and Bengaluru are the “slowest” cities, averaging no more than 19 km/h during commutes.

This pre-COVID-19 report was conducted in 2018 by work-to-work company WorkInSync. Interestingly, after COVID-19, its trend changed significantly to “ensure a hybrid workplace”. In other words, destroy jobs at work and get white collar workers of India WFH/WFA. WTF!

Covid has emerged as an opportunity to get urban Indians out of work. Whether it’s a corporate CEO stuck in traffic in his Audi after crossing the Sea Link like a breeze, or a Delhi office-goer preparing his own body to fit into a metro carriage from New Ashok Nagar, it’s an experience that which is harmful to our work culture. can’t deny the newfangled western technology and fancy management that talks about “performance” and “quality”.

The point of the trip is to feel exhausted, mentally exhausted for at least an hour or so after entering the office. It can only be compared to the feeling of fatigue after a competitive run before a competitive swim. Time spent commuting is not wasted, as anti-commuting would have it, but part of the “work will set you free” experience that the idle and disabled/unemployed don’t get.

The post-Covid-19 obsession with continuing WFH or “hybrid work”—the term itself sounds straight out of a can of formaldehyde created by the domestic multibody Victor Frankenstein—is an attempt to deny this natural, healthy friction between the worker and his daily pilgrimage. . How well do people like Musk and Goenka know where water cooler ideas will come from if we don’t gather around the office cooler? Get the unenhanced real one!

Coming home is a no-brainer because you have the luxury of being dead tired and drained of energy when work stops. So, workers of the world, get going! You have nothing to lose but your sense of irony!

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