For centuries, agriculture, artisanship and trade were preferred livelihood options for Indians, and serving others was an aberration. However, brutal repression and destructive economic policies under foreign rule forced them to serve the rulers.
Alarmed by the trend for clerical jobs in the late 19th century, Ramakrishna Paramhans warned people against 'Chaakri', a low-paying servitude, which forced workers into a rigid, clock-based system and numbed their spirituality. Only if Indians had paid heed to his warning, the nation wouldn’t be in such a mess today. No surprise that MBA and PhD degree holders are trying for government job of a peon today!