Thursday, February 27, 2014


St.Stephen's College, Delhi is one of the most reputed educational institutions in the country, and perhaps in the world. Therefore, its alumni need to behave in an exemplary manner so that the image of their alma mater is not diminished.

Hence it is sad to witness the recent sordid behaviour of some of its well known products. It is now too early to forget the misdemeanour of Shashi Tharoor towards his wife, notwithstanding the clumsy attempts of authorities to whitewash the whole appalling episode. (Reading his article on "The Elitism of Merit" in Stephania, the alumni newsletter, I could not reconcile myself to the sinister disconnect between the writer's words and deeds.)

Another worthy who brings nothing but ignominy to the alma mater is Salman Khurshid. Recently, in a mood full of pique, he claimed, "R.K.Singh was a classmate of mine (at St.Stephen's). I never had a great impression about his intellect." R.K.Singh is a former Home Secretary in GOI. Khurshid is unable to realise that he is running down his college when he questions the intellectual fervour of his classmates. Of course, diversion of funds meant for the physically challenged by Salman Khurshid and his family is still in people's memory.

Mani Shankar Aiyer's pathological indecency towards his political opponents is another instance of Stephanian brilliance gone berserk. Some time ago, he was mean-minded enough to pontificate on the intellectual difference between IFS and IRS personnel. He was comparing his egomaniac self with Arvind Kejriwal.

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