A committee formed by the Central Government documents the terrible acts of discrimination endured by students belonging to Dalit and tribal communities. The perpetrators include both faculty and fellow students.
The HIndu also carried a report yesterday about the Committee's findings, but didn't try to do any reporting on its own. Today, it reported on conflicting reactions from AIIMS faculty. Predictably, one group -- the AIIMS Faculty Association --- has called some of the findings (its representative calls them 'allegations') "absurd and baseless". More ominously, this group has chosen to question the credibility of the committee members by calling them "known associates" of the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister!
I'm willing to concede that the committee may have overstated its findings due to a possible bias in its choice of people it interviewed. However, even if the situation in AIIMS is just 10 percent as bad as the committee says it is, you can't escape the conclusion that it's still horribly ugly.
But, thankfully, the Telegraph goes further. It complements the Committee's findings with its own reports, and claims two things:
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had personally intervened to set up the three-member committee, headed by University Grants Commission chairman Sukhdeo Thorat, after this newspaper reported the campus discrimination.
Daily life at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences resembles that in the country’s feudal outbacks and Apartheid-era South Africa, a government committee has discovered, confirming findings reported by The Telegraph. [emphasis added]
I am not able to locate Telegraph's original report, which it says the committee's findings have 'confirmed'. Does anyone know when it was published?
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Thanks to reader Yogesh for the e-mail alert.