THE STRANGE CASE O
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