Saturday, February 11, 2006

Of Self Neglect and Seperatism

The curfew and police shootout at a crowd of 20,000 people is a shame for us.

A gathering of 20,000 cannot be organized without reason. That such a large crowd had gathered (even for violent purposes) suggests that there is something wrong with the administration there. 20,000 people together cannot be "terrorists". When will the government wake up to the graveness of conditions in North-East India? I hope the rest of India joins me in apologizing for tolerating a socio-political climate in which such things are permissible. I wish something can be done soon.

We are axing our own feet with our complacence. Let's condemn the actions of the police there. To solve a problem, we first must find out the cause of the problem, and in this case our negligence along with the brutality of officers selected by our elected people is the cause. Let's suggest ways of steady, sustainable recovery for the North-East.

Seperatist tendencies arise because of mass negligence. Let us correct our mistakes.

Friday, February 10, 2006

2 cents on the IIPM Farce

In light of the recent and ongoing initiative by concerned bloggers, I think it is relevant to add that the Delhi campus much touted by IIPM has no swimming pool at its main premises. The swimming pool that they so loudly advertised is in fact located in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, on land that has been allotted for a farm house. The commercial use of this land (non-accredited institutions are legally commercial ventures) is unauthorised and thus part of the Delhi campus of IIPM is illegitimate unless a special permitting order is produced by IIPM.

This part of their "campus" is located about 6 kilometers from the main IIPM buildings and is not open to students on all weekdays. Busses full of IIPM students are brought here on predetermined days (usually twice to thrice a week). The swimming pool inside is by no standards adequate for any serious swimmer.

It is amazing how a personal farm can be advertised as part of a campus. Even its use as a campus for a non-accredited institution is a crime by the Indian constitution. But alas, the constitution cannot enforce itself.

This blog is for the scores of students who, unable to secure positions at any of the well regarded institutions of the country, might be considering IIPM as an option. My advice, as of many others, is to beware of institutions like IIPM and Amity.