Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Dr Shashi Tharoor not involved with the school. What next?

Dr Shashi Tharoor not involved with the school, unfortunately

When Dr Tharoor's patronship was announced (see this blog's report,March 2008) many parents welcomed it, if only owing to Tharoor's stature and reputation.

Dr Tharoor, speaking at GIIS (February 2008), had stressed transparency and good governance. He was widely seen as the best man to provide moral leadership, the missing factor at GIF.

[ Why do we say that GIIS and GIF continue to be stealthy and devious ?

- because GIIS continues to hush up its CBSE XII 12th exam results for 2007-2008 (available only at this blog till this day).

- because CBSE X 10th exam result alone was conveyed to us in part, not trusting us with the full truth, and various IB results have also been covered up (see here) - except for Apoorva Sachdeva's brilliant individual performance which continues to be purveyed to media in promotion of the self-proclaimed leader of the diaspora.

- because newsletters continue to be sent to all of us, full of unjustifiable self-praise, partial truths, convenient exaggerations and evidently stage-managed media sound-bites.

- because GIF Vice President (CS Dharmadhikari) has abdicated his responsibility, failing to respond to the plea of the parents (report from DNA India Newspaper, Mumbai) on points raised in our open letter. Dharmadhikari's "slip" has clearly revealed to us, where the loyalties of this ex-"Justice" really belong: far from the side of Justice, but closely tied to his kith, kin and clan.

- because prospective parents waiting at the reception get to see none of the above, but brightly lit photos suggesting a rosy picture of the school (a famous one shows PM Lee giving an "award" to Temurnikar. The context of this "award" is only to be inferred from the small print in an old newsletter, and who reads small print anyway ?).

- the list goes on... ]

Fired up by Tharoor's speech about governance and transparency, one of our parent volunteers took on a task for himself. Starting out from an address published in this blog, he finally found himself in touch with Dr Tharoor's office, after weeks of untiring effort.

While Dr Tharoor stands firmly on the side of good governance and transparency, the volunteer parent was unable to convince him to take an active interest in GIIS/GIF's affairs with the diaspora.

Below is Dr Tharoor's message, meant for all parents. (recepient's name removed)
On 7/22/08, Holly Ellis wrote:
> Dear ______,
> Dr. Tharoor has played no active role as a patron of the school and has not
> had any contact from the school since his visit to Singapore in February.
> Unfortunately, due to his extensive travel and meeting schedule he does not
> have the time to delve into the merits of the claims and counter-claims, but
> of course wishes the students and teachers all the best.
> Thank you,
> Holly
> Holly Ellis
> Assistant to Dr. Shashi Tharoor
> Afras Ventures
> 230 Park Avenue
> Suite 2525
> New York, NY 10169-0005

That was unexpected, as GIF continues to claim Dr Tharoor as one of its "key leaders" in all media publicity. GIF claims in "Bridge Singapore" magazine (May 2008) that:

"The Global Indian Foundation (GIF) led by internationally acclaimed and eminent leaders, such as Prof. M G K Menon, Justice Dharmadhikari, N R Narayana Murthy, Dr. Karan Singh, Dr. Hari Harilela and Dr. Shashi Tharoor."

The matter of approaching Dr. Tharoor, has hit a dead end. The parent has given up.

Should we give up ? We welcome your thoughts and comments.

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