Krishna Kumar

The writer, professor of education at University of Delhi, was director of  NCERT from 2004 to 2010

Articles By Krishna Kumar

Bhavkhedi: Absence of remorse disturbing sign of indifference to violence against Dalits

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 girl from Barabanki

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.

Once upon a stage called Delhi

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 is the winning ideology this election, only we call it polarisation

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.

Education is important for development, but it doesn’t become an election issue

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.

Schools without a difference

Navodaya Vidyalayas exemplify a government initiative that has lost its purpose.

How to name it

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.

Failing the girl students

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.

When a language’s silence speaks

The absence of a word for activism in Hindi points to an unspoken resistance — of the distance between privilege and populism, society and state

The curriculum taboo

Schools, colleges and other educational institutions desist from engaging with caste in the false hope that education will remove the social inequality.

Girl On The Cover

Why a photo of a Pakistani girl on a booklet in Bihar need not embarrass officials

No room for questions

When spiritual leaders fall from grace, schools founded by them lack the acumen, ability to help students come to terms with the situation.

Should we have defended Sanjay Leela Bhansali?

Liberals must question themselves. There is nothing liberal about portraying women jumping into fire in a manner that doesn’t cause revulsion.

No CCTV, please

Cameras in classroom is the wrong answer. We lose all chances of reform if we isolate and pillory the teacher

A Gentle Learning Curve

Crucial points ring out about the old debate between traditional and modern knowledge systems. But none resonate a solution

In Delhi’s air, a political crisis

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

Gone girl

SC verdict on child marriage makes a break with cultural norms. Now, back it with policy to restore childhoods

Being Hindi-medium

A Bollywood film exposes how India has lost all sense of purpose in providing nursery education

And children pay the price

CBSE’s decision to make Class X board exam compulsory upturns a modest reform of school education

Shortcut to scholarship

Encouraging students to photocopy course material instead of reading real books only perpetuates India’s poverty of ideas.