Essays, Times of India | 02 December 2020

The current protests by Punjab’s farmers hold many lessons. One of them is that politics is a short game, a T20 cricket match, while economics is a long term, five-day Test match. Punjab’s farmers are playing the former while the government is playing the latter, which makes it frustrating for the two sides and for spectators in the stands.

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Times of India | 04 November 2020

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.

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Times of India | 20 September 2020

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.

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Times of India | 11 August 2020

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.

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Dainik Bhaskar (Hindi) | 10 July 2020

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।

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Hindustan Times | 10 July 2020

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

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