Economist says Hindu pilgrims are unemployed!
As many as three crore Kanwariyas are expected to take part in this year's Haridwar yatra. In the context of this, respected economist Mahesh Vyas has said in an article that these Kanwariyas are jobless and thus, logically speaking, unemployment rate in India must be very high. It's because, if 30 million pilgrims are going to be there for the Yatra, they must be jobless. If they were working, they wouldn't find any holiday to take part in the pilgrimage, he says!
"This is about 7% of India's labour force and 7.3% of total employed persons. So what does this tell us about the employment situation in the country?" Mahesh Vyas argues.
The article has angered many Hindus on social media. Devout people go on pilgrimages by applying for leave. They don't mind forgoing income due to holy pilgrimages if they are self-employed. India is a deeply religious country and suggesting that those who are on a pilgrimage are necessarily unemployed is absurd. Many go to Sabarimala for more than a week.
"3 crore Kanwars converging in Haridwar means that faith is bigger than life's mundane routines and newsroom excel sheet crunching. Deal with it," tweets out Aashish Chandorkar as a counter.