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Blog disputes news report
By Ria Sharma

Singapore-based Global Indian Foundation manages 22 international schools in 8 countries.  In September, 2010, the Global School of Silicon Valley will start operations in USA as well.  Their schools aim to nurture global citizens with an international perspective that builds entrepreneurial skills from the very beginning.

On Jan 14, 2010, Techgoss had exclusively published details of how the Global Indian Foundation had taken legal action against a Singapore based blog.  We thought the story would be of interest to our Indian readers as the school says its Global School Board of Patrons include a number of high profile Indians in the local IT-ITES sectors.

On April 14, 2010, Techgoss had linked to a Mumbai Mirror article which reported on the arrest of the Ex-Principal of the school who has now been granted bail.

The Mumbai Mirror article read in part


GIIS, which has 11 branches abroad and nine in India, also lodged a complaint in Singapore. In April 2009, investigations revealed that a local parent, Ajith Narayanan, was co-moderator of the site. Till then, the police did not have an idea of Nandakumar’s alleged involvement. His name finally came up when Ajith Narayanan gave an affidavit accepting he was a co-moderator and making several references to Nandakumar in his statement.

But the Singapore based blog has totally denied this key element of the Mumbai Mirror report.  This Singapore based blog ‘Global Indian International School Singapore: Parents voice for a better GIIS’ has two updates

The Singapore blog told its readers in March, 2010: “The Office of the Singapore Attorney General (AG) has stepped in and quashed GIIS's private Criminal Defamation proceedings against a parent who had helped to set up this blog. (This case/complaint was lodged on 10th Nov 2008 by Kaustubh Bodhankar on behalf of GIIS/GIF). However, GIIS/GIF are still pursuing a civil suit which has also been in the Court for about a year.

On April 21, 2010, this Singapore blog had another update:



Clarification on Indian Press Reports and GIF's email

This is a clarification regarding certain recent press reports from India (Mumbai Mirror of 15 April 2010 etc) and email sent by GIF (info@globalindian.org.sg) on 19 April 2010 with the same contents.

The parent who was referred to (in the above email and press reports) wishes to clarify that certain falsehoods are stated and/or suggested in these reports.

The following is the true fact according to him:

This is to clarify that I have NOT implicated

•any other parent, or
•any current or former employee of GIIS, or
•any current or former student of GIIS,

in any affidavit filed in the Singapore Courts.

So if you have posted anything on this blog, you should know that I have not implicated you in any way.

This Singapore blog is directly contracting a key element of the Mumbai Mirror report. This is another example of how internet savvy parents are using a blog to give their version of what happened.


Techgoss note:  Since our last article on April 14, 2010, Techgoss has been handed over a number of documents which are being investigated and followed up.  We hope to provide another update soon.


(Techgoss had published the following article on April 14, 2010)


Indian school blog arrest
By Bala Shah

Singapore-based Global Indian Foundation manages 22 international schools in 8 countries.  In September, 2010, the Global School of Silicon Valley will start operations in USA as well.  Their schools aim to nurture global citizens with an international perspective that builds entrepreneurial skills from the very beginning.

On Jan 14, 2010, Techgoss had exclusively published details of how the Global Indian Foundation had taken legal action against a blog.  We thought the story would be of interest to our Indian readers as the school says its Global School Board of Patrons include Infosys boss Mr. Murthy and the highly regarded tech guru Mr. Ashok Soota.  Insiders told us that neither Mr. Murthy nor Mr. Soota were involved in any shape or form in initiating this legal action.  Mr. Murthy is highly regarded for tolerating dissenting opinions of every shape and form.

We had also brought you an interesting aside where the school had published in a newsletter that Indian Minister and Twitterer Shashi Tharoor had joined their ‘Presidium of Patrons’.  Shashi Tharoor assistant clarified that he had ‘no active role in running of the school’ and in fact he had no contact with the school since his last visit.

Now an update on this intriguing story.  Mumbai Mirror is reporting that the Ex Principal of the GIF School in Singapore has been arrested in India for allegedly using the blog to defame a Bombay HC Judge who was associated with the school


A senior employee of Ecole Mondiale World School has been arrested for allegedly posting defamatory information on the Internet about his former employers, the Global Indian Foundation (GIF) of which former Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court Chadrashekhar Dharmadhikari is a governor.

Fifty-one-year-old Nandakumar Venkataraman, currently on deputation as CEO-designate of Ecole Mondiale International School, Chennai, was picked up by the Thane Cyber Crime Cell for hosting an allegedly libelous blog about the GIF’s board of governors.

Techgoss urges its readers to look up the blog and its background to make up their own minds on the facts of the case.

What is quite intriguing in the Mumbai Mirror story is how when the complaint was made in 2008, Indian police thought the blog was being run from Singapore where the school headquarters are situated.  The Mumbai police asked for help from the Singapore police who tracked down a local Ajith who told them that Chennai based Nandakumar was a co-moderator.  Mumbai Police then requested Google to hand over the IP address following which the arrest was made in Chennai.

The police went over to Nandakumar’s house in Chennai and seized two laptops and a mobile phone.  Nandakumar had denied any involvement with the blog.

Techgoss would appreciate if any tipster can send us copies of the police complaints and all statements made in court.  We want to profile all the individuals involved in this intriguing case.


(Techgoss had published the following article on Jan 14, 2010)


Global Indian Foundation legal action against blog
By Techgirl

Singapore-based Global Indian Foundation manages 22 international schools in 8 countries.  In September, 2010, the Global School of Silicon Valley will start operations in USA as well.  Their schools aim to nurture global citizens with an international perspective that builds entrepreneurial skills from the very beginning.

What is a news report about a school doing in Techgoss?  Well, the Global Indian Foundation which runs all the schools has a very strong connection to the Indian power elite including some from our technology sector.

The Global School Board of Patrons includes highly regarded Mr. Murthy who is described in their official site as ‘ Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy is the Chairman of the Board & Chief Mentor of Infosys Technologies Ltd. Mr. Murthy is also the Chairman of the Governing Board of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Cornell University Board of Trustees, and Singapore Management University Board of Trustees.’

The Global School Board of Advisors also includes another equally distinguished Indian who is described as “Mr. Ashok Soota, Member, Advisory Board is an Electrical Engineer with MBA from Asian Institute of Management, Philippines, was President of Wipro Infotech. He Co-founded Mindtree Consulting, in New Jersey, USA, and is a Member of Advisory Council of World Council of Intellectual Property Rights in Geneva.”

A tipster tells Techgoss that Indian tech icons Mr. Murthy, Mr. Soota and others are in the dark about how the Singapore section of this organization has sued a blog run by parents of children studying at their school in Singapore.

Last year,  the blog published the following about the legal threat


IMPORTANT UPDATE -- LEGAL THREAT TO THIS BLOG/FORUM
To our readers:

This is to inform you that, as of 31 March 2009, a parent who is an editor of this blog/forum has come under legal threat from Global Indian Foundation (GIF) regarding this blog/forum. As such, the future existence and continuation of this blog/forum could be uncertain.

To deal with allegations made by Global Indian Foundation in the lawsuit:

•Further reader comments are now blocked (with immediate effect)
•Reader comments, that were alleged by GIF and Mr. Atul Temurnikar to be defamatory to them, are examined and may be sanitized or removed. (Please refer to already existing rules and a precedent. Deletions will be indicated where possible).

Many India based people associated with this school may also not know that in 2008,  the Global Indian Foundation had sent out a newsletter saying that the highly regarded Indian Minister and super Twitterer Shashi Tharoor had joined its ‘Presidium of Patrons’. When a parent contacted Shashi Tharoor’s office, his Assistant Holly Ellis wrote back saying that her boss had no ‘active role’ in running of  the school and in fact had no contact with the school since his last visit.

Note Shashi Tharoor’s name is no longer on the official website.  Also, it is not clear if Mr. Murthy and Mr. Soota have any role in actively advising the school in any shape or form. Naturally, Mr. Tharoor, Mr. Murthy and Mr. Soota have nothing to do with the Singapore branch sending a legal threat to a blog run by school parents. That decision was taken in Singapore.


(5/3/2010)
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