Gaurav Sabnis/Rashmi Bansal vs. IIPM
There’s so much of turbulance in the blogosphere due to the Gaurav Sabnis/Rashmi Bansal vs. IIPM issue. For the uniniated, here’s my understanding of the issue:
Rashmi Bansal of JAM magazine dug up some information on a scrupulous private management institute IIPM and published a series of articles exposing the lies. Gaurav Sabnis, an IBM employee, posted a link to this series with own thoughts on his personal blog. IIPM people, not happy with this, threatened IBM (who had no role in this episode) with demonstrations. To their credit, IBM bosses did not pressurise Gaurav, but he decided on his own to resign from IBM so that his employers did not suffer in this. So this is the case of some bunch of thugs trying to suppress adverse opinions (which would potentially harm their “business”), through nuisance tactics.
There have been a lot of (well deserved) support for Gaurav and Rashmi in online community. Before India-bashers start commenting on freedom, I’d like to point out a few things:
- this episode does not say anything about freedom of speech/expression in India. We Indians are free to write our opinions, in various fora. I think there is no censorship on content that is found acceptable worldwide.
- AFAIK, the Indian governmnet has not had any role in all this. At times, the government is not proactive in protecting civil liberties of individuals, but that’s due to the weak laws and not deliberate.