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Power with a price
With reference to 'Power Cut?' (February 23), questioning government's decision to control the functioning of IIMs by setting up an IIM council - issues of autonomy aside, the IIMs must realise that they have to bargain autonomy with government grants. But it is unfortunate to note that these institutions have been churning out brilliant students for the benefit of industries and business overseas. They have failed to inculcate a sense of responsibility among students towards their nation, which provides for their highly subsidised education. It is also pertinent to ask whether the IIMs would have attained the same heights without government support. I doubt their ability to do so.
Rajesh Sahay, via email
Yeah, we dig, too
Your cover story, 'United States of India' (February 16) was indeed 'ah-sum'. India, just like the feathers of the peacock on your cover, has many achievements to showcase to the world. And now the shades of American colours are more and more visible here. Your lyrical words about the jootas being Nike, the patloons Gap and the topi Yankees, ring true. We in fact dress in the best sartorial Western fashions sometimes. We're coming closer to the US by trends that blend the cultural niceties of both the countries. American English is generously used in social interactions now. Why, even using the word 'dude' has become a prestige symbol of sorts. Indeed, Americanese has brought the world under one umbrella.
K Deshpande, via email
'Power Cut?' (February 23) on the government looking to set up a council to control the IIMs made for interesting reading but doesn't seem to raise the right points. If anyone takes a close look at how all our IIMs are functioning, and also at whatever government money is being spent there, we would find that the IIMs, many of which are world class institutions, actually have great options if they want to go their own way and keep absolute freedom. They can refuse all grants from the governments and run these institutions any way they like. The point must be made, about the cake and eating it too. If you also want the Indian taxpayer's money and then behave like dictators, well, sorry, that's just not allowed.
Anirudh Dhodapkar, via email
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