By Deepti Sikka
MELBOURNE: Hindi film industry’s leading actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has sparked a huge debate on nepotism. The tragedy has instigated a social debate on how nepotism is deeply embodied in Bollywood, but the big question is that don’t we encounter nepotism in every walk of life.
In today’s world where we constantly talk about networking and who knows who and family connections. We clearly live in a world where knowing the right people takes precedence over merit and capability.
People encounter nepotism in every sphere and in every industry. Employees deal with nepotism every day in their workplace. We all have witnessed this happen so many times wherein someone less competent is promoted or given special treatment. A promotion or reward based on anything other than merit puts the value of fairness under scrutiny. Firms/ industries following nepotistic practices jeopardize their authenticity.
Facing nepotism has adverse effects on a person’s wellbeing as well as attitude towards work. The adverse effect of it is bringing in the “attitude of defeat” which leads to a decline in morale.
Fighting/speaking against unfair practices does not come easy to everyone, watching nepotism play out is completely resenting, a lot of individuals have succumbed to the battle and the ones who could speak up found their way out.
Being treated unfairly can clearly have antagonistic effects on an individual’s mind, if employees feel their workplaces promote inequality, their attitudes will clearly suffer. Along with the individual clearly the ramifications will be left on the wellbeing of the industry as well. It ruins everything developed for a company – trust, loyalty, and understanding.
Resentment from employees shatters the foundations of an organization.
Toxic environment/leadership helps in thriving a harmful culture that would only lead to the obliteration of a mind and society. Given the disruptive nature of Nepotism ethically it should be forbidden. We all have clearly seen from Rajput’s case how its potential ill effects reach wider than what can be imaged and how terribly it can affect a bright mind.