17
Jan
11

The MM Episode

The present Monday Morning Team is entering into its fifth month of selfless service as the media body for the NITR crowd. And for the first known time, they are not having an issue. This Monday, MM goes unpublished. The institute bosses have clearly ordered so. That’s because they are furious at the MM group. They think MM’s earning the institute a bad name. And so they want every MM article ‘screened through SAC’ – as Prof. K. Parmanik puts it. ‘You can’t put all these news about hostels’ another of their statements. ‘You can’t go against NIT’; ‘we should have a meeting to decide what to and what not to publish in Monday Morning’.

I’ll tell you the mistakes that the so-called Monday Morning Team committed in this eventful period. There was this interview of Prof. K. K. Mohapatra where he had said that “NIT Rourkela is not a great institute” (which he later shamelessly denied to the acting director) in the 15th November issue – that was a genuine one. That shouldn’t have been published in the institute e-newsletter. They removed that part two days later. We even didn’t retaliate when the acting director so vilely accused us of concocting false stories. It was end semester time then.

What else – ‘Classroom Teaching at NITR’? ‘Black Waters of Homi Bhabha’? ‘Mr. Madhan’s Parthian Shot’? ‘Scapegoating not a solution’? ‘Ceiling Fan falls at GDB’ ? ‘First Reactions: Profs’ View on the Gate Tussle’? Or the numerous stories on VS Hall? Truth is that the admin has had problems with every such article that got published. Two clear reasons can be furnished for this. First – it showed their incapability. Second and the reason they point at the lovely MM guys – it did no good to their image. When I was a child I was taught in Moral Science about our ‘image’ in the society. Now once there’s a good image, good people look to maintain it. That’s the point – the admin are looking to save it. Demise starts there – when you look to save your image instead of maintaining it; instead of building on it. Good image is maintained by good deeds and not by hiding the bad ones. Continue reading ‘The MM Episode’

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17
Jan
11

SAC-KED

Time and again, there have been students who have been ready to show the middle finger when the authorities have said, ‘ye andar ki baat hai’. Even the bikini pales in comparison to what people have been ready to reveal. Yet, nothing seems to have changed. Students have come and gone, fests have been destroyed, the reputation of this Institute has been reduced to dust finer than those in the Sahara desert and people have been left frustrated. But, there is still hope that someday, four convenors will unite together with the support of the thousands of students behind them and overthrow the ‘evil witch’ and her virtual Narnia. Welcome to the jungle…the jungle called SAC.

People, you know the story last year. Fast-forward to 2011. The success of Exordium 2kX had been a promising start to the build-up to Confluence 2kXI. Words from the ‘people’ were very encouraging. They had a vision, very much like their predecessors. Once again, we hoped, this year would be better. Then came the rude shock. Dates of Confluence had clashed with Kshitij 2kXI, the annual techno-management event of IIT Kgp, unarguably, Asia’s largest. Continue reading ‘SAC-KED’




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