I caught this today in the Financial Times. An ad for 368 humble civil servant positions in the state of Uttar Pradesh received 2.3 million applications, also from PhDs, graduates, post graduates, and well qualified people.
Put simply the quest for security and fear of insecurity. Such positions cannot be fired.
This may seem an “Indian phenomenon” but it’s also a global one. The system now creates such a level of insecurity for the young that the claim by many of a new time of slavery seems all too true!