They also serve who hang and dangle and wipe

In the good old days, “government service” meant everybody in the service of the government, from the boss babu to the head clerk to the peon. But in new fangled industries, in the era of “outsourcing”, some of those traditional constructs disappear as specialistation kicks in.

So, a worker who cleans the glass facade of a building housing information technology offices in Bangalore is a cleaner, not an IT worker?

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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