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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Uma Vishnu


Explained | Missionaries, banks, individuals: behind Udupi’s tradition of education
Thu, Mar 17, 2022

The region — Udupi was carved out of Dakshina Kannada (South Canara) as a separate district in 1997 — was part of the Madras Presidency of the Raj. The foundations of education in the region were laid by Christian missionaries. This gave coastal Karnataka a head start compared to other regions of the state.

‘Education & religion like two eyes… we want both’
Thu, Mar 17, 2022

Over the last month, as the hijab controversy cleaved through the state and its politics, all the stakeholders were waiting for the court verdict amid concerns over its likely impact on the education of Muslim girls in the state.

A letter from Karnataka: Udupi, Class of 2022
Sun, Feb 13, 2022

The walk to the canteen, after-class hangouts, shared benches — simple campus joys have been disrupted as students face off in Udupi over wearing the hijab to class. UMA VISHNU travels to the coastal Karnataka town to explore what lies beneath the anxieties that run deep

Before hijab standoff, an anti-rape protest, faith, political rivalry
Fri, Feb 11, 2022

On December 27, the two girls were among the eight hijab-wearing students of the Government Pre-University College for Girls in Udupi who were asked to leave their classrooms, triggering a standoff that reached the Karnataka High Court and drew global attention.

A tale of two colleges: One stands up for student, other shuts down
Wed, Feb 09, 2022

Beyond the divisive images and crowds shouting at each other, these are two shades of the hijab row that played out in Karnataka Tuesday before the government shut down all high schools and colleges for three days in a bid to lower the rising heat.

CPI(Maoist) expels Kobad Ghandy, accuses him of ‘spiritualism’, distancing himself from outfit
Thu, Dec 02, 2021

Ghandy was arrested in Sept 2009 on charges of being a Politburo member of the banned CPI(Maoist). Accused of plotting to carry out terror attacks, he spent a decade in jails across the country.

She Said: When Lucy learnt to drive, and other stories
Sun, Jul 11, 2021

Uma Vishnu writes: Driving as a skill, by itself, is as genderless as cooking or chairing a boardroom meeting, but don’t we all know which way the scales so often tip?

Prabhat Jha: ‘Lack of death data prolongs pandemic… survey villages’
Tue, May 25, 2021

India has about 10 million deaths occurring a year, of which 7 million occur in the rural areas. So you have to look at counting the dead separately for urban and rural India.

‘We have to relook and reimagine the way our schools run… so that children don’t get lost in cyberspace’
Sat, Apr 17, 2021

With educational institutions shut for over a year, how does the future of education look in a Covid-altered world? Is the idea of a university as a physical space under threat? A panel of experts weighs in

Doon, London, Maoism, Tihar: pieces of his ‘fractured freedom’
Mon, Mar 29, 2021

Kobad Ghandy's just released memoir (Roli Books) tracks his journey from privilege in Mumbai and London of the 1970s to his life and work in some of the poorest slums of Maharashtra with wife Anuradha, until his arrest in September 2009 on charges of being a Politburo member of the banned CPI(Maoist).

There was consultation (on farm laws), but there could have been more… I don’t know who was consulted: Sanjeev Balyan
Tue, Mar 16, 2021

Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Sanjeev Balyan says the farm Bills don't affect the farmers of western UP, that the government has "enough time" ahead of the elections and dismisses the protests he faced in the region as being "politically motivated".

In western UP’s sugarcane belt, hint of new solidarities over farm protests
Tue, Mar 16, 2021

At his home in Muzaffarnagar, 84-year-old farmer leader Ghulam Mohammad Jaula, longtime associate of Mahendra Singh Tikait, recalls the events of January 28, after Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader and Tikait's son Rakesh broke down.

Rakesh Tikait, Balbir Singh Rajewal interview: ‘Govt failing us… We plan to stay here at least till Oct 2’
Sat, Feb 06, 2021

Rakesh Tikait says in Uttar Pradesh, they have called off the jam and will only submit a memorandum with demands—repeal of the three laws, guarantee on MSP and payment of pending dues to sugarcane farmers.

In uncle’s backyard, student finds stone linking Kerala to Roman empire
Sun, Oct 04, 2020

The Sphinx that turned up in a corner of Sukumaran’s plot is the biggest find from the latest round of excavations — the tenth since 2007.

Tech opens a learning window as Covid shuts many a door
Mon, Jun 15, 2020

Today, with her school shut in the pandemic lockdown, Rakhi's question is starkly different. “Papa ke liye koi naukri hai Dilli main (Is there a job for my father in Delhi)?”

WhatsApp in Nagaur to YouTube in Delhi, govts nudge schools to log in
Fri, May 22, 2020

The Nagaur programme is part of the Rajasthan government’s Social Media Interface for Learning Engagement or SMILE, an e-learning plan launched on April 13.

Lockdown lessons: When room moves to home, class comes into the classroom
Thu, May 21, 2020

An Express Series Part I: this tale of three snapshots, is a telling story of how the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown is playing out in schools, private to public, metros to Tier II cities, and far-flung rural districts.

Prejudices about online courses, but healthy to lose some of those: Abhijit Banerjee
Wed, May 06, 2020

With COVID-19 forcing educational institutions around the world to move to online classes, the Nobel laureate speaks to The Indian Express about why this shift is a “forced experience but a good one”.

Jamia Square: Why a century-old university has become focal point of unrest
Sun, Dec 22, 2019

Last week’s police crackdown on Jamia Millia Islamia has set off domino protests across the country over the new citizenship law and a proposed nationwide NRC. The Indian Express spend time on the campus — its cafes, corridors and classrooms — to see why a century-old university with no student union and no known history of protests has ended up as the focal point of the current unrest.

A math genius crippled by mental illness — the mystery behind Vashishtha Narayan’s world
Sun, Dec 01, 2019

He was the maths genius who, in the ’60s, streaked a path from Bihar to Berkeley. Sometime soon after, Vashishtha Narayan Singh slipped into mental illness, leaving behind a thesis, a few letters, some scribbles on the wall, and a million questions. The Indian Express travels to his home to find out what adds up and what doesn’t.

In Delhi, from improving learning levels to setting Outcome Budget
Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Drawing on the success in India, African countries such as Zambia and Nigeria have used the method in their schools.

Under SC sledgehammer, Maradu flat owners have no option but to move out
Sun, Oct 06, 2019

With days left for the court mandated deadline of October 11 for the buildings to be brought down, and with at least two review petitions struck down by the apex court, most of the families in H2O and the other three buildings — Golden Kayaloram, Alfa Serene and Jains Coral Cove — have decided that they have little option but to move out.

The many notoriously reticent descendants of the Mahatma
Mon, Sep 30, 2019

Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: In a country where political legacy is low-hanging fruit, many of Gandhi’s direct descendants have chosen to shrug off their surname and walk their own path.

Mr Kutty From Karachi
Sun, Sep 15, 2019

In 1949, a young teenager from Malabar took a train to Pakistan and made it his home. Biyyathil Moideen Kutty, who died last month, was a communist among believers, a nonconformist in his adopted country – and proof of the irrelevance of borders

Education renaissance in Rajasthan: Happy class and more child-focused
Sun, Aug 18, 2019

Once a laggard in education, Rajasthan has been working to make schools less dreary and more child-focused, a path also advocated by the recent draft education policy. The results are visible, with its districts topping the last National Achievement Survey. The Indian Express recounting the success stories in Dholpur and Nagaur’s big leaps