Doing good in India gets harder: Philanthropy should be regulated by an independent regulator, not by the home ministry

Indira Gandhi’s Emergency was a tragedy in modern India’s history. A second tragedy was not to have undone the terrible laws enacted during the Emergency. One of these is the Foreign Contributions (Regulations) Act or FCRA, which was amended last month and has become more draconian.

India’s language conundrum: The National Education Policy has skirted elegantly a political minefield. But the obstacle is the teacher

In 1947, a weary Britain packed up and left India, leaving behind absent-mindedly the English language and a headache for Indians. Ever since, we’ve been quarrelling over the place of English in our lives, particularly in what language to teach our children. The latest to join the debate is the National Education Policy (NEP), which to its credit, has skirted elegantly a political minefield, coming up with an answer that has satisfied almost everyone, offending only those who insisted on being offended. But the obstacle is the teacher.

One and a half cheers: National Education Policy promises much, but fails to come to grips with India’s education crisis

There is so much good in the recently announced National Education Policy (NEP) that it seems churlish to point out its failings. It will receive well deserved applause. However, the truth is that it has failed to come to grips with the crisis in Indian education. I will focus only on schooling, the crucial foundation of the edifice. Instead of three cheers, I am afraid I can only offer it one and a half.

कोरोना के बाद की दुनिया में भारत को ज्यादा इनोवेटिव स्कूलों की जरूरत होगी, यह तभी होगा जब हम निजी स्कूलों को ज्यादा आजादी देंगे

विदुर महाभारत में कहते हैं, ‘उनसे सावधान रहो, जो कहते कुछ हैं, करते कुछ हैं।’ वे राजा धृतराष्ट्र को ढोंगियों से बचने की सलाह दे रहे थे लेकिन वे भारतीय शिक्षा संस्थानों के बारे में भी यह कह सकते थे, जिनका ढोंग झूठे मिथकों में निहित है। इस ढोंग को कोरोना के बाद की दुनिया में चुनौती मिलेगी, जहां केवल सक्षम और कुछ नया करने वाले ही बचेंगे। दुर्भाग्य से जल्द आने वाली नई राष्ट्रीय शिक्षा नीति ने इस हकीकत का सामना नहीं किया है।

Busting myths and the double-speak on education | Opinion

If India wants to deliver quality education to its children, it needs an honest conversation on private schools

Busting myths and the double-speak on education | Opinion