Bada madam breaks 200-year-old tradition

GUWAHATI: It's all the time been the 'bada sahebs' who've headed Assam's tea estates, but now there is a 'bada madam' managing an property right here, just about two centuries for the reason that British set up tea estates within the area within the 1830s .


Manju Baruah is the manager of Apeejay Tea's Hilika Tea Estate in upper Assam's Dibrugarh district. Baruah, 43, who started as a welfare officer, says, "I am often addressed as 'bada madam'. It is the alternative to 'bada saheb', the way the boss in a tea garden is traditionally addressed. Sometimes, the workers call me 'Sir'. I rather enjoy it. "


Baruah rides a motorbike across the 633-hectare tea property to hold out her tasks on a daily basis. "A woman manager is certainly a disruption of the traditional management structure in a tea garden, but it's a disruption of a good kind," she said.


Work on a tea property is mostly outside and calls for bodily energy, she said. "There are more women workers than men here. The tea industry is labour intensive, so I think the challenge is the same for both men and women," she said.


An professional of Tea Board of India said there have been women senior assistant ma-nagers and welfare officers but no woman was appointed supervisor until Baruah was promoted in August.
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