Friday, October 14, 2005

Some things cannot be ignored

The little boy ran through the playground roaring “I am superman!!” With his mother’s red tablecloth flapping behind him, he aroused awe among the other toddlers while the adults looked on indulgently.

The first time I came across this I found it all rather funny.

Academically far superior
Globally best networked
Leaders in Indstry Consulting and Economic Research
Arindam Chaudhuri
Noted Economist, Management Guru & Author of all time best sellers
“Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch” and “The Great Indian Dream”

For one thing Mr. Chaudhuri claims the Indian Institute of Planning and Management to be academically superior without mentioning who/what it happens to be superior to. He might have meant us to automatically assume a comparison with the Indian Institutes of Management or with Harvard, but my mind ran along the lines of "hmmm, so this would be a better option than studying in, say, Patna University" (which is an an academic institute of repute but doesn’t claim to be greater than IIM).

Then of course my jaw hit the table on reading that “Count your Chickens Before They Hatch” and what was the other book again, the one I hadn’t heard of before, oh yes, “The Great Indian Dream” were all time best sellers!!! Now that is one tall claim. I couldn’t ask the man or his publisher for an account of sales but this I can state, even assuming the books outsold Harry Potter or Dale Carnegie (which I find a leetle hard to believe) the reason they can never qualify as the all time best seller is because that post goes to the one and the only Holy Bible. I find it somewhat ludicrous that Mr. Chaudhuri should assume his books on management published within the last five years or so should outsell the Book which has been selling since 1456. Sheesh!! Sue me, mister, but this is too funny.

At least it used to be funny.

It stops being funny when investigative journalism is sought to be arm-twisted into silence.

It stops being funny when the outcome of innocently publicizing an article is strong arm tactics and finally it is not funny when one is faced with the immense dignity of a man who remained true to his integrity

But then neither are the responses to this seemingly innocuous blog post remotely humorous.

This controversy is no doubt immensely serious. It could affect the lives and careers of past and present students of IIPM. But nothing and I repeat nothing can possibly justify the sort of malicious slandering that has been displayed by anonymous bloggers purpoting to be IIPM-ites. It is one thing to factually refute any points in a report or a blog post. But nothing prepared me for comments irrelevant to the post, exclusively centred on the reporter’s life. It was a greater shock when I realized that these comments (frequently mispelled and as grammatically incoherent as they were irrelevant to the debate over IIPM’s over-reaching claims) were supposedly by adults who had received the benefits of higher education. I might have expected and accepted such filthy language from an illiterate bum on the roads but something tells me that the average homeless, jobless, poverty stricken individual would be far more worthy of respect than these fradulent claimants of literacy and respect and superiority.

The internet is both a place where it is very easy to make claims and equally easy to check up on them. I am providing the link to those who believe that screaming your head off loudest makes you the best. The number of people covering this issue has been truly stupendous, I would like to mention a reliable source for more links to this issue. I think that gives any reader unaware of issues at stake a chance to find out more for themselves without being unduly influenced by my personal bias.

I am not a student of IIPM, or any other management institute; perhaps this controversy should have nothing to do with me. I am however a member of the global student community; I do believe in freedom of expression. And I do not believe in either subverting the facts to your own ends or malicious mean-minded slander. Another drop of water falling in the ocean may not seem too much but for what it’s worth this post is dedicated to all those who are fighting for their integrity and for their beliefs.


Blogger the One said...

With you.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Krishanu said...

there should be a freedom of speech tax now...

7:57 PM  
Blogger Shobhik said...

krishanu - maybe, but will anyone want to pay it?

babelfish - i agree wholeheartedly as you already know. messing with people's futures is not a done thing.

10:18 PM  
Blogger jaded said...

i dont know the other side of the story..i have only read it in gaurav's and kanti's blogs but still i have heard of arindam chow's dubious so ashamed to say he's also a bong..pathetic, how can they do this? but gaurav deserves the respect he's getting.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Pip Squeak said...

Bravo! Really!
But i think you're getting a bit too literal over the " all-time bestseller" thingy. But if it's an excuse to slander the party you despise, by all means go ahead!

As for the typing mistakes, cut it some slack!( Am speaking merely from a personal note, must admit.)

Have nothing to say on IIPM though. Hardly know anything to begin with, but also am wary from a lesson well learnt,that a slip of tongue in front of a female by a male can cost men dearly.

10:31 PM  
Blogger Shobhik said...

Your lesson was also learnt by yours truly only a few hours ago.

Jaded, if you follow the links in any blog, you are sure to learn more. Try JAP, or Arka... best thing, try India Uncut.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Teleute said...

totally irrelevant comment, but would you be interested in having your 55 word story put up here, with a link back to your blog?

11:39 PM  
Blogger Sphinx said...

I read all the links. Sent a letter to Gaurav.
I checked out the IIPM site just now. Guess what, DR piero Morosini (a name which is nicely flaunted out in the site) does not exist, at least not in the context it was mentioned to in the site.

2:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Belated bijoya greetings.

This IIPM and Gaurav Sabnis thing is serious. The poor fellow had to resign! Can't we do something about it? I mean a Parnab type bastard surely can't ruin a goodly person's life. I am shocked. Is there something that we can do?

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have written a letter to Gaurav asking what we can do to help his cause. Besides, I have also put up a notice on Blabberwocky so that more people are aware of that bastard and his fucking institution.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Shobhik said...

Nice... but won't Gaurav need some other form of support? Perhaps monetary? How about a PayPal fund or something?

I hate Parnab-type bastards!

12:19 PM  
Blogger karuna said...

This IIPM thing is all over the blogsphere... *must update self...* the links are helpful thank u

12:36 PM  
Blogger babelfish said...

the one : thank you, always :)

krishanu : less freedom, more taxes, such then is the future...

jaded : I agree with you dear. Just follow the links, you'll get to hear the story. And if there's anything you wish to clarify, there's always google :D

pip squeak : ah well, you know me, literal student of literature. There are times I get a bit serious, I'll admit but remember what I keep saying; when you're asking people to trust the veracity of your staements, the less loopholes the better :)

teleute : my story's up :D

sphinx : :) brilliant!

bhooter raja : oh, jolly well done :)

karuna : you're welcome :)

3:25 PM  
Blogger babelfish said...

kanti : *deep breath before I answer all your comments*

1) Yes, we're quite agreed on messing future's and what not :)

2) If your second comment re leasson learnt and what not refers to your bad french on my previous post, hah! and hah!! also haha!!!

3) And as far as helping Gaurav is concerned I think you could send him a mail but honestly if you visit his blog I don't think a Paypal fund is needed. And for us to offer him monetary support would be something of an insult nah?

4) But finally we all hate Parnab type sons of bachelors :D

3:33 PM  
Blogger Tiny Black Cat said...

few days back we had this great blog storm about parnab banerjee... and now, arindam chaudhuri???

i wonder if being bengali is just a coincidence in all these cases! not that i don't admit that bengalis are great storytellers...

haven't checked out gaurav's blog so not sure where it all began. am gonna go there now.

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mandy m : Being bengali has nothing to do with them turning out to be rotten apples. Due to the significant contingent of the Bengali population inhabiting blogworld, we tend to pick out the rotten apples that we know. I guess you don't visit Italian bloggers' pages. They would probably be bitching about some Italian hoodlum.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Shobhik said...

@babelfish - regarding:
1) Yes
2) Yes. Laugh all you want!
3) Yes, agreed, it sounds like an insult, but won't the poor chap need help? He's now unemployed, remember? Again, don't know what to do about this.
4)Absolutely YES!!!

3:47 PM  
Blogger babelfish said...

mandy : hmm, I'd have to agree with you on the point of bengalis being great story-tellers. That would explain why some of the world's finest literature is in Bengali :) but these two samples, cheee!!! Don't feel like calling them bangali :(

bhooter raja : thou hast a point :D

kanti : we seem to agree on everything except point 3). Perhaps the best solution would be for you to mail him, since we can hardly accept or reject an idea on the basis of what we think a total stranger might feel...bit uncertain really :)

12:53 AM  
Blogger Soumik said...

more than helping gaurav is out, which can have unintended negative sides to it as b'fish points out, we shud smthn of a chain for protecting bloggers' free speech, a separate blog maybe reporting and linking up all these cases.

2:41 AM  
Blogger rogue said...

I hv posted on this too, and hv linked up the two India Uncut and DesiPundit since they r keeping track of the thing best. I suggets you post the two update links here as well. they are in my post
among lots of other places.

3:35 AM  
Blogger herenow said...

jaani jaani
bloody place takes 9 lakhs as fees in two years! whoa!

11:52 AM  
Blogger Shobhik said...

ok, soumik, babelfish... i agree that my idea can have a negative side to it. Why don't we pursue soumik's idea of a teamblog that does what he suggests?

That sounds much better than a PayPal account.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Someone Somewhere said...

it is incidents like this that makes one wonder about how,
how a man such as the one posted about can have such a status in the world.
how we, on the other hand, are suffering are trying are sacrificing but still not succeeding.
man was , is , and always will truly continue to amaze me

2:48 PM  
Blogger Lancelot said...

very very surprised at all this.. been out of blogosphere for a while now, and certainly dint expect this sudden burst of activity.... good to see what gaurav sabnis has done.... but the whole thing is so weird.

6:56 PM  
Blogger DD said...

ei baal tar byapare post korata jekono blog er opoman.

9:27 PM  
Blogger babelfish said...

soumik, kanti : A teamblog is something which is undoubtedly possible :)

herenow :terrible isn't it? hmmm.... am reminded of how much *we* pay as tuition fees :D

beautiful loser : I have linked India Uncut. But I shall let the rest pass. For one thing it's pretty easy to surf links :D

someone somewhere : It *is* an inverted world :(

lancelot's take : Weird is a most apt description of a number of things. Especially of the Indian Institute of Ponytail's Moneymaking :D

dd : You have a very valid point but my aim in putting up this post was to extend support to those bloggers who deserve our respect rather than to discuss that baal :D

1:14 AM  
Blogger Pip Squeak said...

Team blogs are ridiculous!
They only make sense if the bloggers unite for a common interest. For example there are blogs on books and animes etc etc. I also heard of a blog where insect-lovers get together and have chatty discussions. What, I wonder? Probably how many legs their pet beetles have. Or maybe they actually enjoy having centipedes skittering along over their goosepimpled skins!

I also saw a blog the other day, which offered tips to cure snoring. Ridculous really, where do they come up with such ideas?

12:14 PM  
Blogger Unjustified Insanity~~ said...

@ pip squeak --DUDE ! LIKE WTF!your blog is a team blog :P

3:44 PM  
Blogger Pip Squeak said...

Ha!Ha! Like for a second there, i forgot! But that's all right really. I don't think it can be called a team blog considering the fact that i'm the only one who's posted so far.

3:55 PM  
Blogger babelfish said...

pippy : refer to UI's comment please :P

UI : hehehehehe!!! :D

4:05 PM  
Blogger babelfish said...

pippy : honestly child, tell me something? Are these other members of your teamblog manifestations of your multiple personalities by any chance? Just wondering :D

4:08 PM  
Blogger Pip Squeak said...

No no! Just unfortunate profligates whom i happened to invite by mistake without realizing that they're as much interested in blogging as reading a Shakespeare play. ( THey're not literature students by the way!

I hate missing blogmeets. Will someone tell me next time it happens? How often do they happen anyway??

12:24 AM  
Blogger babelfish said...

pippy : they happen henever some blogger from outside Cal happens to drop in or when a bunch of bloggers without much on their hands decide to get social. Honestly, all you have to do is fix a date :D

And the news about this one was up from before the pujos, with Kanti informing all and sundry and clarifying that everyone was invited :D Sorry you missed it, we'll make sure you hear of the next one. But then again why the sudden urge to be social? Is this your nicer alter-ego pipping through :)

11:42 AM  
Blogger Pip Squeak said...

Crap! All i did was ask! I might change my mind at teh last moment anyways, like I've done a hundred times in the past!

3:34 PM  
Blogger babelfish said...

pippy : I'm sure you might.

9:59 PM  

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