The Forum of Free Enterprise is a non-political organization founded in 1956 by A. D. Shroff and has been established to educate public opinion in India on free enterprise and a democratic way of life. The Forum publishes booklets to further its objects. The following booklet titled “A Work Ethic For India” was published on September 14, 1990, consists of two articles authored by S.A. Sapre and S. Narayanaswamy. Sapre gives an exhaustive account of Japan’s social-democratic revolution which has played a key role in its miraculous economic performance in the post-WW2 years. The essence of this revolution can be captured by the Japanese definition of labour management relation as a human relationship and not as a contractual relationship as in the West. Japanese workers are self-disciplined and productivity conscious. The harmonious industrial relations contribute to the country’s remarkable growth. Narayanaswamy offers a strong critique of the prevalent work culture in India. He argues that in a country that is bedevilled by sizeable pockets of unemployment, it is socially unsafe to have too many days of ‘enforced idleness’ in the form of numerous holidays and bandhs which hamper the process of production.