Guess most of you must have heard of the great war declared by IIPM on Gaurav Sabnis. The gist of it, for those of you that have not heard of it is that GS made a few comments on his blog about IIPM and Mr. Arindam C, it's founder. IIPM sent some form of legal notice etc etc and the upshot of the entire thing is that GS decided to voluntarily quit IBM. The story doesn't quite end there though as IIPM have also targeted a few other people. I won't go into the details as those can be read by you on Gaurav's blog and on other sites like Desipundit.
There are several interesting points in this fight, including the fact that IIPM has not, at any moment, moved to disprove a single statement. But I'm more than just a bit amused by the entire fiasco. It proves to me that the more you try to suppress something, the more apparent it will become! I mean, it has to be obvious to the meanest intelligence that IIPM have not just blundered and made themselves look like idiots in this issue, but they have also shot themselves in the foot...
Everyone has known for ages that IIPM is just an Institute that makes tall claims that have no substance to them. "Dare to Dream Beyond the IIMs". While I was preparing for CAT, I remember the comments that were passed on IIPM with unfailing regularity among the CAT-aspirants. Some even called it "Indian Institute of Planning and Marriage". Yet, for those that were not among this category of people, IIPM was a high-profile B-school, thanks to the number of advertisements that were published!!!!!
I remember an aunt of mine (Pardon her, she was 75 at that time) asking me why I was not applying to "that institute that advertises so much". So, had IIPM let the issue and the posts just rest, I really don't think that much would have happened. The status, one feels, would have remained quite quo, as Bertie would be apt to phrase it. But some people just love to have their asses whipped... and in public at that. And the results are there for all of us to see and laugh at!
Oh yeah, I really feel that all of you should read that "notice" that GS was sent by IIPM. The parts in it about Mr. AC being defamed etc are quite hilarious...
1. GS is an IIML alum :-) (You can't stop me from taking a vicarious thrill outta that surely!!!)
2. My rediff Blog got listed on Rediff's Sizzling Blogs list :o. (Don't ask me what the filtering process there is... :-) )
3. I really do wonder if I too shall now be sued by IIPM :-)