The writer, professor of education at University of Delhi, was director of NCERT from 2004 to 2010
The 15 children of Bihar whose parents will now get rice and money to feed them will soon learn the magic of rote learning when they hit the truncated Grade I online syllabus.
His interest in people is rare in our ethos now. So was his acute awareness of the past, of how it impinges on life today across the world.
Anyone who sees people in pain and discomfort on a daily basis cannot avoid the feeling that he or she is carrying a burden. The range of human misery a doctor encounters daily and attempts to address by choosing appropriate remedies is vast and therefore, stressful.
In circumstances when faith in values is facing repeated blows, it helps to remember and study Gandhi. Indeed, it is hard not to miss Gandhi these days, as a source of solace and the energy to maintain one’s faith in values.
Without exception, all policy documents favour the mother tongue as the best medium of education, especially in the early grades.
Remorse and guilt are important emotional resources available to a society or a nation for recovery after going through a trauma. In the case of atrocities against the Scheduled Castes, public recognition of their trauma is rarely granted.
The Barabanki girl conveys the spontaneous confidence that only the very young can feel in a complex political situation. Her truth-telling recalls Gandhi’s scepticism about the state’s ability to protect democracy.
In the 1970s, theatre in the city helped define a wider political imagination. Now, the young must accomplish that task without the aid of the likes of Girish Karnad and Habib Tanvir.
Divide and rule might have served as a strategy during certain phases of colonial rule, but it did not work in every case. Its contemporary use demonstrates the persistence of the temptation that India’s colonial rulers had felt during their stay.
The gains of education are long-term and call for sustained efforts. Outcomes are often illegible to the electorate and too complex for political parties to take credit for them.
Navodaya Vidyalayas exemplify a government initiative that has lost its purpose.
More than a sense of power has fuelled the urge to rename places like Allahabad, Faizabad and Mughalsarai. It is also the impulse to erase a part of heritage.
The Supaul incident highlights the decline of the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya — an education scheme that has waited in vain for a long-term policy to guide its progress.
The absence of a word for activism in Hindi points to an unspoken resistance — of the distance between privilege and populism, society and state
Schools, colleges and other educational institutions desist from engaging with caste in the false hope that education will remove the social inequality.
Why a photo of a Pakistani girl on a booklet in Bihar need not embarrass officials
When spiritual leaders fall from grace, schools founded by them lack the acumen, ability to help students come to terms with the situation.
Liberals must question themselves. There is nothing liberal about portraying women jumping into fire in a manner that doesn’t cause revulsion.
Cameras in classroom is the wrong answer. We lose all chances of reform if we isolate and pillory the teacher
Crucial points ring out about the old debate between traditional and modern knowledge systems. But none resonate a solution
The city will need to be reinvented, which calls for identifying people who care for its future and who don’t mind carrying on with duties of despair
SC verdict on child marriage makes a break with cultural norms. Now, back it with policy to restore childhoods
A Bollywood film exposes how India has lost all sense of purpose in providing nursery education
CBSE’s decision to make Class X board exam compulsory upturns a modest reform of school education
Encouraging students to photocopy course material instead of reading real books only perpetuates India’s poverty of ideas.