Blogging in Kafkaland

Fellow (or should that be felli) blogger, Rashmi Bansal has been blogging for quite sometime on Youth Curry. As editor & Publisher of Jam she has a fairly incisive view on issues that impact the youth of today.

The issues that she does comment on regularly include education and insitutes of higher education that claim to provide an edge. In her cross hairs – at various points in time have been Amity, Rai, IIPM and the ilk. Essentially private institutes which seem to have neither accountabiltiy nor responsibility, and seem to have extremely deep pockets for full page ads and prime time spots in leading media vehicles. If they had been ‘public sector’ types the obvious question would have been – where does so much money come from. Everytime I see one of these full time ads – i remember an institution called Wintech, which promised everyone the earth, the moon, the stars, and then collapsed leaving a lot of unpaid bills and a lot of broken dreams.

Anyway, to come back to the point – Rashmi has got on the bad side of those who run Iipm(or so it seems). A whole bunch of ‘devoted’ students – tell me in which world do students angst so much about their institute – have descended on her site and written shit about her and her writing – if this is the way IIPM teaches its students to handle difficult situations, then there is something seriously wrong in their pedagogy. AFterall, any decent B school worth its salt will teach you how to defend the indefensible with grace and cheer. Libelling a writer by casting aspersions on her, her lifestyle, on her academic achievements, and threatening her phsyically is contemptible. Hiding behind handles is what cowards do, and those who have littered her site with comments do that very well.

And in other news – Gaurav Sabnis has got a legal notice from IIPM for writing this.

He has also been libelled on various blog sites. What next – goons standing outside everyone’s homes with hockey sticks?

Methinks that the bunch are taking their failed movie – Rok Sake to Rok lo – a bit too seriously.

other bloggers taking this up Sambhar Mafia, Walk with me, Press Talk, Charu, Desipundit, Anshul, Patrix ,

I will try and keep updating this list. And i am sure that Indian blogdom is going to come out in full support of Rashmi & Gaurav.

16 Comments

  1. Author

    well.. shit happens. and i wld like to say the same thing once again. may be rashmi is a lesbian… may be she got thrown out of iim a… but how does tht make IIPM a better college than it is. i fail to see the connection.

  2. Author

    there is no connection. those who slander her, do so in the hope that it will divert from the issue.
    frankly, if you produced students who argued like this then “tumhe chullu bhar paani mein doob marna chahiye”
    their inability to rationally defend their view probably does more to confirm Rashmi’s writings than defend their institution.

    I won’t hire people who behave like this – would you?

  3. Author

    I just read the comment page at Youth Curry. Some very Hasty comments.

  4. Author

    Thanks for taking up this issue. I have also posted on the same. Hoping that the Blogosphere will rally behind Gaurav and Rashmi and ensure that such scamsters are exposed.

  5. Author

    akshay – hasty is an understatement.
    hasty is when you write teh insetead of the 🙂
    this is innuendo, falsehood, and outright lies.

    kaps – i think that all these so called “fans” who defend their idols need to get a reality check

  6. Author

    A regular blogger’s eye, (or even a blog reader’s eye) can easily tell that these slander-blogs have mushroomed as a knee jerk reaction to the expose by JAM. Something similar to Sun TV’s reaction and comments to the Park hotel issue in Chennai.The IIPM empty vessel is making so much noise and throwing muck around, but Bloggers are springwalls – the muck will only come back to IIPM and its campaigners. Nowhere,in their replies, do I see a believable defense against the points raised by JAM Magazine’s operation.

    And, you must visit their website! It is one institute living on crutches – they need other established brands to support themselves. Pity.

  7. Author

    yes Harini, more than Rashmi’s post, the nature of the comments on her post speak for the quality lof students and the institute she writes about…

  8. Author

    akshay no issue. but it is quite amazing what one alphabet can make 🙂

    Srini – it is completely ok to defend their ground. but this kind of obscenity makes you wonder about what or whom they are defending. sounds like one of the sidekick villain in Hindi films

    Charu, tan vinaay tnaai sudum 🙂

  9. Author

    IIPM is doing more damage to its image by such childish attacks than their full page ads.

  10. Author

    Gargi,

    I agree 🙂 Their emotional and obscene defense goes to show that there is no logic in anything they are doing about the issue. This whole story could very well be a classic B School case study. What will you (the MBAs) if you institute is attacked ? And if this is how the top brass at IIPM reacts, I dont need to know how the rest will react. But,at the same time, I am sure there are many students who will agree with (and were waiting for) a expose like this!

    Srini

  11. Author

    What’s the big deal about what Rashmi wrote? It has been an open secret what IIPM has been upto all these years. She has just brought it out in the open.
    I know quite a few students of IIPM personally who have told me what Rashmi has written many months back. Frankly, most of the ex-IIPM students I know are pretty shady with the exceptions of a few who are not shady ‘coz of their own character not ‘coz of Arindam Choudhary.

    And I couldn’t agree more on your point of the kind of students IIPM is turning out. I mean imagine if they were Corp Comm Managers or working in PR companies and they were to handle a sticky situation like this. If this is the kind of reaction they have then I don’t know how long they can hang on to their jobs.

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  13. Author

    IIPM publishes such big full page adv….but has anyone tried to read what is written at the bottom of the ads in small letters,,,,,,Very few ppl who have carefully read this must have observed that IIPM is not recognised by any educational body of India,,,,,

    Can mr arindam choudhury throw some light on this, pls????

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