Why governments shouldn’t mess with private school fees

Why governments shouldn't mess with private school fees

Imagine you are a young, idealistic person and you start a private school. You hire inspired teachers like yourself. The school does well and gets a nice reputation. Then a new law, the Right to Education Act (RTE) comes in 2010. It mandates parity with teacher salaries in government schools. You are forced to triple your teachers' salaries to Rs 25,000 per month. Even Doon School has to raise its salaries. The law also insists that 25% of your students must come from poor families.

Indians grapple with a Dickensian dilemma of growth and secularism

Some of us remember from our schooldays the opening lines of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” This is not only the most famous beginning of an English novel but it also captures the contradictions in our present-day life in India. Let me illustrate with two recent events.

Unity at midnight beckons with India’s tax reform

This defines a visionary moment as the country chooses 'pooled sovereignty'

The tax reform is expected to transform the business landscape but will test India's weak administrative capacity © AP There are rare moments when a nation will do the sensible thing despite itself. Such a moment will come this weekend when India introduces the most far-reaching tax reform in its history.

नियति से मिलने का एक और ऐतिहासिक क्षण

नियति से मिल ने का एक और ऐतिहासि क क्षण

ஜூன் 30... நள்ளிரவில் சுதந்திர சீர்திருத்தம்!

ஒரு நாட்டில் இயல்பாக விவேக மான செயல்பா டு நிகழ்வது என்பது வரலாற்றில் மிகவும் அபூர்வ மான விஷயமாகும். அத்தகை ய அரிதான சம ்பவம் வெ ள்ளிக்கிழமை , ஜூன் 30 நள்ளிர வில் நிகழ உள்ளது. அதுதான் சரக்கு மற்றும் சேவ ை வரி எனப்படும் ஜிஎஸ்டி அமலாக்க மாகும்.

Was voting for the BJP a risk worth taking? Three years on, jury’s out

Three years ago, I took a risk and voted for BJP for the first time. And today I ask myself, was it a risk worth taking? At the time, I had been worried that India had a narrow window of opportunity called the ‘demographic dividend’. If we elected the right candidate, prosperity would enter crores of lives, and in course of time India might become a middle-class country. Our opportunity came from being uniquely young; if those in the productive age got jobs, there would be gains in prosperity far outweighing the burden of supporting the old and the very young.

सभी महिलाओं को गरिमा और समानता दें

संदर्भ... तीन तलाक से आगे जाकर भारतीय समाज में नारी के खि लाफ घरेलू हिंसा खत्म होना ज्या दा जरूरी

Triple talaq must go, but for real change India needs to become truly modern

Triple talaq is in the news again, and mostly for the wrong reasons. It represents a Muslim husband’s right in Islamic law to dissolve a marriage simply by announcing it to his wife; today, he even does it via an SMS over the cellphone.