Inside the Mind of a Banker on Strike


Inside the Mind of a Banker on Strike

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


oday is a big day for me. A million of my banker colleagues around the country will be leaving their jobs to go on strike through Wednesday and Thursday – and I’ll be ready to join them. The truth is, banking isn’t what it used to be. Over the past few years, I have seen my beloved industry crumbling before my eyes, and I have to do my part to preserve this once-proud institution.

I remember the good old days before demonetisation well – back when getting a job at a government bank was the dream of every little girl and boy. Those were simpler times, filled with the European promises of five-day work weeks and retirement pensions. You never had to spend more than a few hours sitting at your desk before you were on lunch break, or clocked out for the day: The. Life.