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Excuse me? have I missed something here?



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[Topics under debate]: GOOD GOVERNANCE
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From: Dr. Subroto Roy <sroy@vgsom.iitkgp.ernet.in>
To: debate@indiapolicy.org <debate@indiapolicy.org>
Date: Wednesday, June 02, 1999 8:31 PM
Subject: Excuse me? have I missed something here?


Mr. Sabhlok's inistence that the document being prepared under the name
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of a manifesto willy nilly carries everyone's implicit consent has been
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arbitrary from the start, and something I have consistently opposed.  =
The reasonable compromise I have proposed is that the final version be =

individually signed by all those who wish to do so... that would be in =

the best spirit and traditions of democracy.   Personally,  I have =
contributed what I could, and lately, taking Mr. Tiwari's offer =
seriously, engaged in a little critical analysis to see how much of the
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document might stand serious scrutiny (that is to say, in my view).  In
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result, I think the document is hopeful and positive and of course a =
worthwhile endeavour, but one which I cannot sign myself, and one which
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I fear may be either ignored or savaged by the Indian press.   (Ordinary

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people in India, as we know, have a very fine critical sense when they =

read something.)
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Mr. Sabhlok did not like my views and "removes" me from the so-called =
Management Team.  I am more than happy to make my exit but have asked to

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do so along with the name I gave it, namely team; i.e. could the name =
Team go with me, while the old name Management Council or whatever other

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name is invented by someone else be reverted to?
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In the meantime, I have had a side-discussion with Mr. Ajay Gandhi from
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which I concluded that IPI is not a political party in India (which can
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go about expelling members), and if anything is governed by the law =
governing nespapers and magazines and perhaps private clubs.   The law =

in India has not been tested on these virtual subjects, and it would be
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a pity if IPI became a test-case.   In any event, it is crystal clear =
that while, e.g. a magazine or journal may have an editorial point of =
view of opinions of its own, those running it cannot conceivably adduce
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to their views every single reader or subscriber to their rolls.
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Mr Sabhlok has said to his Management Council (whose mail I seem to =
still receive by error) that without an apology from me, he will shut =
down IPI.    This seems to me, shall we say, not a well-thought =
response, rather like when boys quarrel, the one who owns the bat or the

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ball says he won't play any more. =20
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Now now; to the contrary, I think, if Mr. Sabhlok wishes to lead well, =

what he needs to do, it seems to me, is open himself to listening..... =

there is a great amount of legitimate criticsm of his style and his =
actions; he has heard enough praise from all sides, including myself =
about his efforts and his contibution; what he needs to do now it seems
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to me is to learn to listen...=20
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Subroto Roy.




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