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India: Call to support IIM Bangalore professor, reportedly censured for seeking action against Unilever
Author: Counterview, India, Published on: 14 January 2019
"Call to support IIM-Bangalore professor, censured for seeking action against Unilever", 9 January 2019
Sections of the Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) across India have strongly reacted to the decision to censure Dr. Deepak Malghan, a faculty at IIM-Bangalore. Prabhir Vishnu Poruthiyil, who is faculty at IIM-Tiruchirapalli, has sought wider solidarity with Dr Malghan, saying, "The administration has censured Deepak for merely suggesting a meaningful action against Hindustan Unilever for their abysmal environmental record" by “disinviting” it for campus placement...
Following Poruthiyil plea, the Human Rights and Business Network of India (HRBN-I) has created a petition in support of Dr Malghan, to be sent to the IIM-B board. HRBN-I, which is a civil society network working on issues related to business and human rights in India, has called Dr Malghan a "recognized scholar"...[noting that] Hindustan Unilever...has been "in the midst of a controversy related to its decision in 2001 to carelessly dump mercury, a hazardous chemical, when closing down a plant located at Kodaikanal."
HRBN-I adds, "This issue is disheartening because it exposes once again the narrowing of spaces for critical research in Indian academia, and more specifically the usurpation of business education by corporate interests."...