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The importance of being Sudha Malaiya

Posted on: July 18, 2009

Sudha Malaiya, the high profile wife of low-profile Madhya Pradesh minister of housing and environment Jayant Malaiya, was said to have slapped a girl student of Ojaswani Nursing College, Sagar, on July 14. Sudha owns the College. The student, Mahima, lodged a complaint at the Gopalganj Police Station (Sagar) the next day.

Two days later the girl students came to Bhopal and held a protest demonstration in front of the residence of Sudha’s minister-husband Jayant Malaiya. As they wanted to submit a memorandum to the minister, the girls were beaten up by the baton-happy policemen.

Shivraj Singh Chauhan has perhaps become the first chief minister of Madhya Pradesh to use his police to beat up girl students. That he belongs to the BJP is no excuse.

Dr Sudha Malaiya, herself a BJP leader, historian, archaeologist, journalist, painter and Bharat-Natyam performer, is known for setting up institutions and running them by browbeating the officials.

Sudha and Jayant Malaiya belong to Damoh where she set up in 2006 her Ojaswani Institute for Nursing Science and Research. She falsely claimed that her Institute was affiliated to the Dr Harisingh Gour University of Sagar, and the District health officials believed her and placed all the facilities available at the District Hospital at her disposal.

For this a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was duly drawn up. It was signed by Dr Ashok Jain, Civil Surgeon and Chief Superintendent of Damoh District Hospital and also by two witnesses (as required) but not by “chairperson” of the Institute Dr Sudha Malaiya. Did she deem it below her dignity to stoop so low as to sign a paper along with a District level official? She is, after all, Sudha Malaiya.


The two-page MoU puts all the facilities of the District Hospital, including its patients, at the mercy of nursing students of the Institute with the promise that the Hospital will not make any claims for the loss or injury to any property or person by the learners. The day the MoU is signed, it would be presumed that the Hospital had been indemnified in full for any future occurrence or mishap.

The Hospital was not to cancel or withdraw or postpone or rescind its permission to use any facilities by the Institute without prior concurrence and permission of the University/State government. What was more, the MoU assured the Institute to develop, change or alter its facilities as per the requirements of the Institute’s nursing students preparing for the bachelor’s degree.

In addition to charging heavy fees to the students, this unrecognised institute of Dr Sudha Malaiya gets hefty government grants.

This nursing institute is not the only unrecognised venture of Dr Sudha Malaiya. She also runs the Ojaswani Institute of Management and Technology at Damoh and claims through the brochures and handbills (to attract the gullible) that this Institute, too, is affiliated to the Sagar University.

However, the Sagar University had made it clear to Santosh Bharati, a journalist-activist of Damoh, that neither of the two institutes is affiliated to the Dr Harisingh Gour University of Sagar. Bharati had sought the information under the provisions of the Right to Information Act

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Value of propaganda

Adolf Hitler believed in the use of propaganda as an integral element to seizing and holding on to political power. His maxim was 'the bigger the lie, the more easily it will be believed, provided it is repeated vigorously and often enough'. (Sean Murphy in his book 'Letting the Side Down')

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