Sunday, February 22, 2004


IIMs: Whose business is it, anyway?

Shastri Ramachandaran

IF Macaulay's minute, in another era, was driven by the need to create a nation of clerks, Murli Manohar Joshi appears to be seized by an urge to build a nation of managers. Yet, paradoxically, in what has been cast as a battle between babudom and the champions of excellence in management, it is the minister who has won.

Joshi should leave our global brands alone
V. Eshwar Anand
NION Human Resource Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi has stirred a hornet’s nest by peremptorily reducing the annual tuition fee of the IIMs. The widespread resentment against the decision is not confined to the faculty and students of the six IIMs alone.

Money matters for autonomy
Gaurav Chaudhary
day before the Lok Sabha was dissolved the HRD ministry directed the IIMs to reduce the fee to Rs 30,000 per student from the academic year 2004-05. The corporate world, academicians and students have termed this as an attempt to take away the financial independence of the institutes.

MIFF needed fine-tuning more than the films
Ervell E. Menezes
HE 8th Mumbai International Film Festival for documentary, short and animation films made the news for the wrong reasons. Even at the closing ceremony Australian filmmaker Tom Zubrycki voiced his concern about things. "The censorship issues must be resolved quickly and effectively, otherwise MIFF will lose its credibility."

In the dock/A.Q. Khan
Hero at home, villain abroad
Rajeev Sharma
EW would know that Pakistan’s Dr A.Q. Khan, a hero at home but a villain abroad, is not a nuclear scientist per se, but a metallurgist. Though he is a devout Muslim who says his prayers five times a day, he is not a rabid fundamentalist of the Al-Qaida kind.

Goodbye to a glorious innings
Abhijit Chatterjee
N Sunday March 21 next when Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan, known throughout the cricketing world as Venkat, walks off the Sri Lankan cricket stadium at Kandy after supervising the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka, he will end a nearly 40-year-old association with cricket not only as an umpire but also as a highly rated player, a coach, a cricket administrator and a national selector.

Reel rewind
Of romance & political dramas
M.L. Dhawan
INAY Shukla’s Godmother revolved around Rambhi Ben (Shabana Azmi) who belonged to a despised ethnic group driven to the city by a drought in their village. Rambhi watched the political game silently from the sidelines but became an independent player after the murder of her husband.


'ART AND SOUL: Of dreams & diverse images
B.N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Music, masti & mouth-watering fare

GARDEN LIFE: Time for plant rejuvenation
Satish Narula

TRAVEL: Falling in love with Times Square
Sujoy Dhar

DREAM THEME: Rowing symbolises the journey of life
Vinaya K. Manhas

ULTA-PULTADirty dancing
Jaspal Bhatti


An alternative Gandhi
Rumina Sethi
Gandhi in His Time and Ours
by David Hardiman, Permanent Black, Delhi. Rs 650. Pages 338.

A humane tale of the oppressed
M.L. Raina
The Girl from the Coast: A Novel
by Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Translated from Bhasa Indonesia by Willem Samuels. Hyperion, New York. Pages 280. $20.

Prisoners of God
Belu Jain Maheshwari
The Widow of Vrindavan
by Kusum Ansal (translated by Masooma Ali). Harper Collins, New Delhi. Rs 295. Pages 260.

Just what the doctor ordered
Samra Rahman
Transplanted Man
by Sanjay Nigam. Penguin Viking, Delhi. Rs 450. Pages 359.

CEO capers
Meeta Rajivlochan
Sack the Ceo
by Jeetendra Jain. Vikas Publishing House, New Delhi, 2003. Pages 247. Rs 245.

Realistic slice of American life
Kamaldeep Kaur Toor
The Probable Future
by Alice Hoffman. Chatto and Windus, London. Pages 322. £ 6.60

Chilling account of captured spy’s fate
Aradhika Sekhon
An Indian Spy in Pakistan
by Mohanlal Bhaskar. Translated by Jai Rattan. Shrishti. Pages 329.
Rs 295.

Fitting finale to Raj love saga
Priyanka Singh
The Veil of Illusion
by Rebecca Ryman, Penguin, New Delhi. Pages 632.
Rs 495.

Bail in detail
Radhika Thapar
Bail: Law and Procedures
by Janak Raj Jai. Universal Law Publishing Co. Rs 210. Pages 264.