February 22, 2004
IIMs: Whose business is it, anyway?
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
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
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.
needed fine-tuning more than the films
Ervell E. Menezes
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,
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.
to a glorious innings
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.
& political dramas
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