Indian bloggers taken on lying IIPM institute

by Sunny, on 13th October, 2005

Wondered why ‘IIPM’ keeps hitting the Technorati top 10 search terms? No? Let me tell you why anyway.

It all started with fiesty blogger Rashmi Bansal, editor of JAM magazine in Mumbai, doing an exposé of the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) in Delhi. Gaurav Sabnis subsequently linked it, inviting legal threats. Others too.

Overnight, blogs sprung up defending IIPM and making up stories of corruption on Jam. Then it got serious. IIPM started harassing Gaurav’s employer IBM, threatening to burn all their Thinkpads infront of their building. Gaurav decided to resign from his job.

Desi Pundit took on their cause, supported by Global Voices and Indian Uncut, and hundreds of bloggers came together. The story hit Hindustan Times and ExpressIndia. More coverage is now expected.

Two points: Firstly, this controversy has rallied Indian bloggers over the web like never before, possibly because of the freedom of speech issues or maybe because they don’t want to bow down to an establishment which is used to ripping off innocent students.

What will the future hold? The Indian MSM is usually too timid to highlight endemic corruption and take on the state. Remember Tehelka? This could very well herald a new era where Indian democracy is held to account by citizen bloggers who are less afraid to raise issues important to them rather than keep publishing drivel on Bollywood. Expect many more such incidents.

Entry Filed under: Media, South Asia


5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. DesiDudeInAustin  |  October 13th, 2005 at 5:35 am

    BongBreaker,

    You are now a Technorati charttopper :)

    But yes, it is astounding that the collective fury of so many bloggers can keep IIPM on #3 at Technorati when everything else has been subsumed by combinations and permutations of the words “iPod” and “video”.

  • 2. Vladimir  |  October 13th, 2005 at 10:27 am

    Long live Blogs!!! Spread the word. Blogs can only get bigger and better

  • 3. Rohin/Bong Breaker  |  October 13th, 2005 at 4:40 pm

    Desi Dude, am I? Which chart? What do you mean? What’s going on? Who are you? What is this? Where? Who? WHY?!

  • 4. sharad singh  |  October 14th, 2005 at 12:02 pm

    Great job guys

    I hope IIPM takes a wack and it get to psotion of B grade of B-school .

    IIPM please send me a legal notice .
    I want to know how smart you are .

    Seriously I doubt if these guys really teach or make terrorist in IIPM .

    thanks
    with regards
    sharad singh

  • 5. sushil singh  |  October 14th, 2005 at 12:06 pm

    Read between the lines .

    It is fight in between the rich and poor .
    Like Freedon fighters like in 1920’s we will free India of the great liers of MBA institutue .

    We will bring freedom

    lets burn IIPM

    sushil singh

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