This post started me thinking about culture … and all of the various posts I’ve seen from other countries (or here in the US) that I found interesting.
The only ‘thread’ … culture …
“We live in a world of cultured messages. You often only get one chance to do it right and be successful.”
And so reads the opening quote to a testimonial for The Marketing Playbook by a PR agency person. Perhaps we lived in a world of cultured messages but this is precisely what’s in flux.
Once, in our not-so-distant agragrian past, entire families lived their whole lives on one plot of land. The trip into town was an event; the trip to a distant city a rarity…
And, now we go overseas to Baghdad …
From The Media Drop: Independent journalism program in Baghdad gets shuttered
The Associated Press reports that a journalism program being run in Baghdad has closed up shop for the time being, but is expected to resume elsewhere. The program, run by University of Arizona journalism grad Maggy Zanger, was teaching journalism skills to Iraqis – but could not continue to operate in the current unstable environment in the capital city.
It shouldn’t be too surprising, as the times have shown that safety is of utmost priority, and even our newsgathering agencies are changing their tunes to, effectively, appease those who oppose efforts by military forces in the Middle East.
Next stop, India … I am reminded of days in Student Affairs and the dreaded word ‘hazing’ comes to mind …
The IITK fiasco
Filed under: * Random Thoughts — diwaker @ 11:33 pm
I had been wanting to write about this for a while now. But I thought if I’m going to write something, might as well write it to a good end. So I decided to write to the Director himself. Yes, thats Dr. S. G. Dhande for you. Here’s the mail, I’ll post replies that I get (if any)
To, The Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur – 208016
My name is Diwaker and I’m a recent alumnus (graduated May 2003), and I’m
writing this mail because of the recent events at IIT Kanpur. As you might very
well have expected, the news has spread across the globe like wildfire, with
complete details (including your mail[s] and various assorted posts from the
newsgroup). I just wanted to express my thoughts and views on the issue.
In my four years at IITK, we saw a lot of changes, both at an infra-structural
level as well as at a philosophical and cultural level—the shooting incident at
HBTI (followed by the stringent security), the abolishment of “traditional”
galaxy (ending the decades old rivalry between Hall II and Hall III), the
transformation of antaragni, the construction of new hostels and laboratories to
name a few. I was of the view that IITK was going through a renaissance and that
we had seen the worst that was to come, and that the coming years would see IITK
rising to new heights of glory.
And, finally … from the HindustanTimes.com … Next semester, you will see the annual ‘Campus Elections’. Have you ever wondered how it works in other countries?
JNU IS in the midst of election fever. However, judging by how elections are fought in Delhi University, you wouldn’t think so. DU candidates believe that spending more than the Rs 10,000 expense limit, using a dozen cars and plastering the campus with posters are absolutely essential for a successful campaign. Going by that yardstick, JNU has no idea about how an election must be fought – candidates are not allowed cars, funds are limited and printed posters are banned.
At JNU you won’t see rival groups engaged in shouting matches or mock battles with paper planes. JNU candidates believe that not platitude and sloganeering, but their agenda will influence voters. Wonder what gave them that idea?