THE SUBSTANCE THE TLA IS MADE OF
by S. R. Mohan Das
On the Occasion of the completion of the Diamond Jubilee of th* Textile Labour Association, quite naturally this great institution evokes the respect and admiration universally. What is the substance the TLA tott&^of'that provided the robustness of creative strength!which has been increasirig atf these 60 years in the midst qf many vicissitudes? An ana* lysis of substance that is the core quality of TLA's emergence as a great titution will provide the guidelines for net only understanding TLA
, but network for similar core qualities which build sustaining in of* .creative contributions to the commonwealth.
The first, core quality that can be identified when the nucleus of TLA
emerged, tie seeds — so to say — were planted, was the quality Of prag
matism, feasibility, in the matter of improvements in the status quo In
other words, the organizational objectives were outlined in terms of what
waji the best possible under the circumstances and not what is perfect in
the a*bstract sense, This made all the plans and activities of the organiza
tion in terms of improving things on a continuous basis from an existing
situational base which may be atrociously poor. Instead of getting emo'
tionauy surcharged at the degraded standards prevailing in human affair^
and witfi equally tightened blood pressure of emotidns, seeking the perfect
solutions as ijtough they could be brought about by a magic wand of ex
hortations, the founders of the TLA demonstrated a pragmatic wisdom in
; through, ,th£"n,u^ and boltsT of (the problem as it existed and seeking
to the .fa^get .groups i of change. Veterans like Shahkarlal Banker,
Ansuyaben, jGaitfhijr followed this pattern. '
The second core quality in the substance of TLA injected into the seeds of TLA wJiea this great tree was planted, was to view the human groups it intejjdgd to serve at that point of tune in integrated terms. The
ile. and oth«r workers of Ahmetiabad or Rajkot were viewed not n ter^ns of their personalities in the work-life situation alone, but in ie full-ftedg^d totai life terms. The concept of "quality of life" which has become the vital question in the developed societies only very recently during the latter part of the 1970's, was a fundamental view among the the.pjoneers of ithe TLA. The TLA Was envisaged to be a change agent not jpperely m terms of improving work life conditions but in terms of the quality of life jtaetf of die workers This automatically brought for the TLA as an instrument the full-fledged business exercises and concerns