18, Issue # 75 - July 25, 2002
We had long ago identified a malady
and named it ?Dharamsala Syndrome?. It related so well to the philatelic
scenario that it had been subject matter of several of our philatelic talks but
finds mentions in print here for the very first time.
?Dharamsala? is a charitable
institution more often than not attached to a religious institution such as a
temple. It provides no-frills boarding and lodging to pilgrims, and others
either free or on nominal charges. Such institutions are common also in several
Asian countries including Japan and Korea.
We have observed a strange phenomenon
in India. The persons who are on board of management of such institutions take
their duties towards these very lightly and at the lowest priority possible.
They do not feel any responsibility towards any one and show an absence of any
professionalism whatsoever. However
when it comes to their individual vocations in life they have plenty of time,
are focused, prepared and thoroughly professional. The malady only surfaces
towards their duties in non-profit institutions.
Most officers of philatelic
organizations in India are suffering from Dharamsala Syndrome. Now that we do
know the patients, can you suggest some remedies?