When Alexander’s army swept through Turkey and reached the city of Gordius in 333 BCE, they encountered the Gordian knot. It was prophesied that the person who untied the fiendishly difficult knot would rule all of Asia. Legend has it that Alexander solved the problem with a single sweep of his sword, cutting through the knot, and went on to fulfill most of the prophecy. The Alexandrian solution is now a metaphor for thinking laterally or “out of the box”.
The annual admission to self-financing medical colleges is our own Gordian knot. Every year these college managements demand more seats and fees. The Opposition accuses the government of giving in, of corruption in high places. After a while the government accedes to a scaled-down version of the demands and things calm down. This is a yearly circus.
It is a difficult problem, one which cannot be solved by discussions or legally through the courts. These methods have been tried many times to no avail. There is indeed a simple solution, but first we must define what the problem truly is, the real Gordian knot.