Uma Vishnu

Articles By Uma Vishnu

Delhi Lok Sabha polls: Tracking AAP, BJP & Cong contenders as Capital votes today

In a nation where caste and community loyalties end up being the clincher, Atishi’s candidature has pitchforked education into an election theme.

How elections touch daily life: In Gulbarga, excitement reserved for bigger festival – Ambedkar Jayanti

To find out how elections touch daily life, The Indian Express veers off the campaign trail to spend a week in Buddha Nagar, a slum in Gulbarga, one of Karnataka’s poorest districts, a traditional Congress bastion and backyard of Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. The excitement in this Dalit colony is reserved for a bigger festival here, Ambedkar Jayanti. A time to dress up, be seen, and be heard — loud and clear.

Rajasthan: ‘Home, children… can give only my 25% to work. Imagine if I can give all’

Months after Rajasthan voted in a new government, the state is in election mode again. Of Dholpur’s four Assembly constituencies, three went to the Congress while the BJP’s Shobharani Kushwaha won from Dholpur, the seat that shares the same name as the district.

ASER: Uptick in primary reading and maths, govt schools script turnaround

For the first time since 2010, slightly more than half (50.5%) of all children in Class 5 can read a Class 2 text book, up from 46.9% in 2012.

No tradition is cast in stone. Least of all, notions of purity

Shuddham or purity was an oppressive tool, a form of vishwasam (faith), a word that gets bandied about a lot these days as Sabarimala roils a state and its people, with faith, notions of purity, and gender rights clashing uneasily.

One Size Fits All

No matter how many bans come her way, the Indian woman is not slipping out of the freedom of the nightie anytime soon.

The Wait

The Supreme Court’s decree to let women of all ages into Sabarimala temple has been thwarted by a combination of faith, politics and patriarchy. But is it really as black and white as that? The Indian Express talks to the women closest to the altar.

Day One: Sabarimala opens to violent protests, no woman gets entry into shrine

Despite assurances by CM Pinarayi Vijayan that nobody will be blocked from entering the Lord Ayappa shrine, protesters at Nillakal and Pamba — the two base camps before the temple — turned back two women pilgrims and heckled, threatened and attacked at least five women journalists and targeted their vehicles.

Sabarimala opens today: Women check cars, say temple entry by women only over our bodies

The Sabarimala shrine is thrown open to devotees for the first five days of every month in the Malayalam calendar, besides a two-month annual festival starting mid-November.

Kerala nuns: Their shared sisterhood amid silence surrounding affairs of the Church

With protests building up in Kerala over the rape of a senior nun, allegedly by the Bishop of Jalandhar, Uma Vishnu and Shaju Philip travel to Kochi and find that the silence surrounding the affairs of the Church and its lopsided power structure now stand exposed.

ASER 2017 — The Wedge: More girls have bank accounts, boys operate them better

What explains this sudden drop? Why is it that while there’s little to separate the genders while in school, the girls seem less prepared for real-world situations?

ASER report 2017: More rural teens staying back in school but struggle with reading, math; girls worse off

It finds that while the youth are high on aspiration (about 60% wanted to study beyond Class 12), they are short on vital, everyday skills that are needed to help them get to where they aspire.

ASER report 2017: In villages, as they grow up, more girls drop out of school

The 2017 ASER report focuses on 14 to 18-year-olds, interviewing over 30,000 children across 28 rural districts. The Indian Express explains some of its findings.

Happy to be free, but this is only semi-freedom: Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy

Ghandy was first arrested from Delhi in September 2009 on charges of being a member of the banned CPI (Maoist) and charged under sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

In Nehru vs Patel-Prasad on Somnath, a context of Partition, nation building

The first major articulation of the intention to rebuild the ruined temple is believed to have been made by Sardar Patel, Nehru’s Deputy Prime Minister, at a huge public meeting in Junagadh on November 12, 1947.

Searching for Padmavati: A travel across Chittor to get a sense of the queen

In Chittorgarh, they repeat it faithfully: Rani Padmini is “hamari rani... Unka nakhun tak kisi ne nahin dekha aur film mein unhein naachte hue dikhaya hai... Rani kabhi naachti hai?

Australia works to hike foreign student numbers

Last year, Australia unveiled its first-ever international education strategy, aimed at increasing student recruitment.

PM Modi’s note ban tweets one-way public address: study

"His (PM Modi's) messaging on Twitter, or for that matter on any communication platform, is a one-way process — highly disciplined and focused on building support for his policies and himself."

Teacher’s Day: Sir is not in class

The male teacher is outnumbered in school staffrooms. Ahead of Teacher’s Day, we look at what that has meant for the profession in India.

Does preschooling prepare kids for school?

Preschools are ubiquitous in India’s villages, shows a comprehensive new survey that watched 14,000 children over 5 years. But the benefits they bring are often dependent on factors such as the quality of early education, child’s gender and education level of mother.

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