The Indian Institute of Planning and Management must have the cajones of an elephant to go after a few prominent bloggers because of what was published. Their PR department must be going stir crazy with all the negative press they are getting now. The IIPM (every organization in India has long, technical names which inefficiently gets truncated to a few letters) is a business school that claims a vast number of things, including being ranked in the top-25 nationally (which they are not) and being “better” than the well-regarded world famous Indian Institute of Management, or, IIM (which is really an inside joke, I am sure).
In a nutshell, here is what happened – Rashmi Bansal, a blogger and editor of JAM, an online magazine wrote this article, calling the IIPM on their tall claims. The IIPM and some of their alumni retaliated, calling Rashmi names and issuing legal notices to whomever linked to the story. Gaurav Sabnis, who worked for IBM lost his job there as the IIPM pulled some strings or played out their drama card of “we’ll burn our IBM laptops, if you don’t sack Sabnis.” Arrrgh!
IBM, did nothing. Sabnis resigned. IIPM, 1. Bloggers, freedom & logic, 0.
Now, if the JAM article was full of crap, that would be one thing. It apparently hit a nerve. Truth does hurt don’t it? The way IIPM handled this certainly smacks of a very defensive maneuver. What are they hiding and why? The vitriolic attacks against bloggers only exposes them to necessary criticism and more probing questions, which as experience has shown they are unwilling to answer in a civilized manner.