When a mob of cow protection vigilantes publicly assaulted five Muslim dairy farmers in Alwar on April 1, the Rajasthan police’s first response was not to register a complaint against the attackers, but to file a First Information Report against three of the men who were brutally beaten. One of the men, 55-year-old Pehlu Khan, eventually died of the injuries on April 3.
Since Khan’s death, media conversations about the incident have been dominated by reports of prominent leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party denying the attack or defending the cow vigilantes. In the midst of this, the fact that the victims of the violence have a police case registered against them seems to have missed public scrutiny.
During the lynching on the evening of April 1, the police arrived on the scene within 20 minutes. However on the afternoon of April 2, the first complaint the police officially registered was by a man named Damodar Singh Gurjar, charging Khan and his sons Irshad and Arif under the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995.
In the FIR, of which Scroll.in has a copy, Gurjar claims he came across the site of the incident while driving through Alwar at 7.30 pm on April 1. According to his statement, he saw that a group of 200-300 people from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and other groups had blocked a pick-up truck on the highway, and that three people – Khan, Irshad and Arif – were lying injured nearby. Gurjar claims that when he checked the truck, he saw two cows and two calves tied together in the cramped space. When he asked the three men for documentation to prove where the cows were from, Gurjar claims the Khans did not have any documents and that the cattle were being take from Rajasthan to Haryana for slaughter.
Gurjar’s FIR has charged the Khans with export of cattle and causing cruelty to the animals, which, under the Rajasthan Bovine Animals Act, is punishable with six months to five years of jail and a Rs 5,000 fine.
Nearly two hours after filing this complaint against the Khans, the Alwar police finally registered an FIR charging an unidentified mob with unlawful assembly, wrongful restraint, causing hurt and culpable homicide, among other charges.
All through this, Khan’s sons have maintained that they did have the required receipts to prove that they were not cattle smugglers, but had actually bought the cows and calves from Haryana for their dairy farm.
Irshad Khan has accused both the vigilante mob as well as the Rajashtan police of not checking the receipts of their cow purchase deal. Despite this, the police has not yet dropped the case against the victims of the violence.
Harvard Business School’s HBX brings the future of business education to India with online programs
HBX is not only offering courses online, but also connecting students to the power of its network.
The classic design of the physical Harvard Business School (HBS) classroom was once a big innovation – precisely designed teaching amphitheaters laid out for every student to participate from his or her seat with a “pit” in the center of the room from which professors orchestrate discussions analyzing business cases like a symphony lead. When it came to designing the online experience of HBX—the school’s digital learning initiative—HBS faculty worked tirelessly to blend these tenets of the HBS classroom pedagogy with the power of new technology. With real-world problem solving, active learning, and social learning as its foundation, HBX offers immersive and challenging self-paced learning experiences through its interactive online learning platform.
Reimagining digital education, breaking the virtual learning mold
Typically, online courses follow a one-way broadcast mode – lectures are video recorded and reading material is shared – and students learn alone and are individually tested. Moving away from the passive learning model, HBX has developed an online platform that leverages the HBS ‘case-based pedagogy’ and audio-visual and interaction tools to make learning engaging.
HBX courses are rarely taught through theory. Instead, students learn through real-world problem-solving. Students start by grappling with a business problem – with real world data and the complexity in which a business leader would have to make a decision – and learn the theory inductively. Thus even as mathematical theories are applied to business situations, students come away with a greater sense of clarity and perspective, whether it is reading a financial report, understanding why a brand’s approach to a random sample population study may or may not work, or how pricing works.
“Learning about concepts through real-life cases was my favorite part of the program. The cases really helped transform abstract concepts into observable situations one could learn from. Furthermore, it really helped me understand how to identify situations in which I could use the tools that HBX equipped me with,” says Anindita Ravikumar, a past HBX participant. India’s premier B-school IIM-Ahmedabad has borrowed the very same pedagogy from Harvard. Learning in this manner is far more engaging, relatable, and memorable.
Most lessons start with a short 2-3 minute video of a manager talking about the business problem at hand. Students are then asked to respond on how they would handle the issue. Questions can be in the form of either a poll or reflections. Everyone’s answers are then visible to the ‘classroom’. In the words of Professor Bharat Anand, Faculty Chair, HBX, “This turns out to be a really important distinction. The answers are being updated in real-time. You can see the distribution of answers, but you can also see what any other individual has answered, which means that you’re not anonymous.” Students have real profiles and get to know their ‘classmates’ and learn from each other.
Professor Anand also says, “We have what we call the three-minute rule. Roughly every three minutes, you are doing something different on the platform. Everyone is on the edge of their seats. Anyone could be called on to participate at any time. It’s a very lean forward mode of learning”. Students get ‘cold-called’ – a concept borrowed from the classroom – where every now and then individuals will be unexpectedly prompted to answer a question on the platform and their response will be shared with other members of the cohort. It keeps students engaged and encourages preparedness. While HBX courses are self-paced, participants are encouraged to get through a certain amount of content each week, which helps keep the cohort together and enables the social elements of the learning experience.
More than digital learning
The HBS campus experience is valued by alumni not just for the academic experience but also for the diverse network of peers they meet. HBX programs similarly encourage student interactions and opportunities for in-person networking. All HBXers who successfully complete their programs and are awarded a credential or certificate from HBX and Harvard Business School are invited to the annual on-campus HBX ConneXt event to meet peers from around the world, hear from faculty and business executives, and also experience the HBS campus near Cambridge.
Programs offered today
HBX offers a range of programs that appeal to different audiences.
To help college students and recent graduates prepare for the business world, HBX CORe (Credential of Readiness) integrates business essentials such as analytics, economics, and financial accounting. HBX CORe is also great for those interested in an MBA looking to strengthen their application and brush up their skills to be prepared for day one. For working professionals, HBX CORe and additional courses like Disruptive Strategy, Leading with Finance, and Negotiation Mastery, can help deepen understanding of essential business concepts in order to add value to their organizations and advance their careers.
Course durations range from 6 to 17 weeks depending on the program. All interested candidates must submit a free, 10-15 minute application that is reviewed by the HBX admissions team by the deadlines noted on the HBX website.