Here is the Frontline story about the AIIMS imbroglio, which, in my opinion, is more fair-minded. From the story, at least one thing is clear — the issue is more about politics than about the competence of Dr. Venugopal as a doctor, and, I guess Dr. Balasubramanian’s emphasis on institutional autonomy is misplaced — see this earlier post on the issue. If it is about autonomy, at least for the sake of completeness of story (and fairness of discussion), Dr. Balasubramanian should have noted the controversy surrounding his appointment itself. Having said this, let me emphasise that I am great fan of Dr. Balasubramanian and his writing — there are a host of articles of his which I thoroughly enjoyed — just that in this case, he is terribly off the mark, which is a pity 😦