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In the open­ing scene of David Lynch’s Blue Vel­vet we are in­tro­duced to all the quin­tes­sen­tial el­e­ments of idyl­lic Amer­i­can sub­ur­bia: red roses against the back­drop of a white picket fence; a fire­man wav­ing cheer­fully to us while he hangs from a truck as it rolls down a sub­ur­ban street; a gen­tle fe­male po­lice of­fi­cer dili­gently help­ing a band of pleas­ant kids cross a mo­tor­way and the piv­otal set-up of an el­derly man leisurely wa­ter­ing his lawn.

We then see this man hold­ing the back of his neck in agony. He col­lapses onto the lawn, still hold­ing the hose as wa­ter jets pro­fusely into the air. Then comes an in­ces­sant, omi­nous dron­ing and we are skill­fully lured be­neath the ver­dant green of the lawn into the hos­tile nether­world of a re­pul­sive con­ges­tion of scur­ry­ing bee­tles.

The im­me­di­ate point Lynch com­mu­ni­cates is that be­neath the ve­neer of placid nor­mal­ity ex­ists a thriv­ing ecosys­tem of crim­i­nal­ity and cor­rup­tion—a per­spec­tive which com­pletely en­cap­su­lates the re­cent un­rav­el­ing of the Lam­birds and AIMU scan­dals on Rick Wayne’s TALK.

The AIMU scan­dal, ex­posed dur­ing the dis­en­tan­gling of the Lam­birds Af­fair, ap­pears to be a pro­to­type and in­spi­ra­tion for the lat­ter. The ac­cu­sa­tions hurled at AIMU are redo­lent of that launched against the Lam­birds Academy. Like those of Lam­birds, the stu­dents of AIMU ap­pear to be the vic­tims of a ne­far­i­ous ca­bal, lured to St. Lu­cia by se­duc­tive on­line ad­ver­tise­ments that promised a lot and de­liv­ered next to noth­ing.

The high­light of the June 4th episode of TALK was Rick Wayne’s pre-recorded in­ter­view of Ex­ec­u­tive Dean and CEO of the Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Uni­ver­sity (AIMU), Dr. Raj Babu. This was an in­valu­able com­ple­ment to the pre­ced­ing show which dis­closed—via Mr. Wayne’s pre-recorded in­ter­view of a for­mer stu­dent of AIMU by the name of Vard­han—the al­leged atroc­i­ties per­pet­u­ated by the ad­min­is­tra­tion of AIMU against its stu­dents. De­spite hav­ing mar­shaled all ob­jec­tiv­ity to the fore, I could not di­vest my­self of the in­tu­ition that I had sat be­fore sev­eral min­utes of dis­sim­u­la­tion on the part of Dr. Raj. Oth­ers, less diplo­matic, will con­fess to hav­ing been privy to noth­ing else but bla­tant lies.

Dr. Raj dis­missed all al­le­ga­tions lev­eled against him and AIMU by Vard­han (and oth­ers) as “com­pletely, com­pletely false,” a procla­ma­tion that must be con­sid­ered in light of Mr. Wayne’s tes­ti­mony that all of Vard­han’s ac­cu­sa­tions have been cor­rob­o­rated by mul­ti­ple sources while noth­ing Raj said in his and AIMU’s de­fense has been cor­rob­o­rated by any source. For ex­am­ple: Dr. Raj claimed that Vard­han was dis­missed from the school in 2010 for the of­fense of work­ing while in the ca­pac­ity of stu­dent. When asked why the im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties were not in­formed of Vard­han’s in­frac­tion, Dr. Raj claimed that he had in fact made re­ports against Vard­han (and oth­ers en­gaged in sim­i­lar trans­gres­sions).

How­ever, pre­vi­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tions by Mr. Wayne re­vealed that no such re­ports had been made. There also seems to be ev­i­dence that Vard­han was an AIMU stu­dent as re­cently as 2013, though this was not con­clu­sively di­vulged on the show. What­ever the de­tails, one is per­suaded to the con­clu­sion that the dis­missal of Vard­han, if it in fact it ever took place, would have been mo­ti­vated by noth­ing else but the threat Vard­han posed (and did man­i­fest) to AIMU (for, ac­cord­ing to Mr. Wayne, there are AIMU stu­dents who com­mit­ted the same in­frac­tion with im­punity). Dr. Raj also de­nied the al­le­ga­tion by Vard­han and oth­ers that AIMU stu­dents were kept at bay by co­er­cive threats and even beaten for re­port­ing or at­tempt­ing to re­port atroc­i­ties un­fold­ing at AIMU. Like­wise, he de­nied the al­le­ga­tion that the AIMU ad­min­is­tra­tion ma­nip­u­lated stu­dents’ grades as yet an­other in­stru­ment in the sys­temic ap­pa­ra­tus of co­er­cion. How­ever, a for­mer em­ployee of AIMU called in to make the point that an AIMU fac­ulty mem­ber by the name of Dr. Sasi (re­vealed to be with­out the pre­fixed cre­den­tial) was sus­pected of car­ry­ing out, and (prece­dent to 2013) was well po­si­tioned to ex­er­cise such an in­flu­ence.

Dr. Raj, when not en­gaged in overt de­nial, was dis­posed to as­cribe the var­i­ous al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion and fraud­u­lence lev­eled against him and his in­sti­tu­tion to the os­ten­si­bly mo­tive­less machi­na­tions of a Ms Paule and a cer­tain, if not mys­te­ri­ous, Ku­mar. So archety­pally ma­li­cious did Ku­mar be­come that, had it not been for Mr. Wayne’s cor­rob­o­ra­tion of his ex­is­tence, one may have dis­missed Ku­mar as a malev­o­lent fig­ment of Raj’s imag­i­na­tion. San­tha­naraj Ku­mar and Paule Turmel-John were once re­cruiters of AIMU, among other things.

Dr. Raj also spoke of “a big con­spir­acy” in­volv­ing the poach­ing of AIMU’s stu­dents by other med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions here. When asked why AIMU did not re­port the ac­tion to the im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties, Dr. Raj made a du­bi­ous at­tempt at a de­fense by sup­ply­ing a se­quence of un­con­nected doc­u­ments, one of which was a let­ter of com­plaint against cer­tain stu­dents ad­dressed to the Chief of Po­lice. Fur­ther­more, when asked why his stu­dents would be amenable to be­ing poached by his com­peti­tors, he spoke of an anti-AIMU con­spir­acy, ap­par­ently fa­cil­i­tated by the ma­lig­nant gos­sip

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