COVER STORY

08-10-2021

Education Emergency (October 8, 2021)

Briefing

Pandemic & education

Zero year in madrasas

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Education came to a standstill for more than a year in almost all the madrasas as a majority of students could not afford smartphones for online learning.
Interview: Prof. Krishna Kumar

Professor Krishna Kumar: ‘Our system does not care for the child’s comfort’

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Interview with Professor Krishna Kumar, educationist and former director, NCERT.
Pandemic & Education

Exclusion is the norm in school education

MADHU PRASAD Cover Story
The ‘culling’ that has taken place due to school closure during the pandemic fits in well with the New Education Policy in a context where the education system has been designed to exclude the oppressed and marginalised majority of students.

From school to work in Sidhi

Sharanya Cover Story
June to August is a time of intensive farm work in Madhya Pradesh, when the kharif crops are being sown and grown. In Bahari and Gajraha, two small ...
Minimum support price for rabi crop

Central govt's MSP: A hoax on farmers

Divya Trivedi Agriculture
Farmer organisations reject the Modi government’s “deceitful” minimum support price for major rabi crops and urge it to recalculate the procurement rates to offset the rise in input costs.
Sabarmati Ashram redevelopment

Un-Gandhian makeover: Proposal to redevelop Sabarmati Ashram invites criticism

ANUPAMA KATAKAM The Nation
The Gujarat government’s Rs.1,200 crore project to redevelop Sabarmati Ashram comes in for criticism from Gandhians and eminent personalities as ‘Disneyfication’.
National Policy of Education 2020

Higher education: COVID-induced crisis used to push through ‘reforms’ without proper discussion

T.K. Rajalakshmi Education
The pronouncements in the National Education Policy 2020 about increased public investment, autonomy, and equity and inclusiveness in higher education seem to be myths that were propagated to conceal the real intentions.
Interview: Manoranjan Byapari

Manoranjan Byapari: ‘My journey has just begun’

Interview with Manoranjan Byapari, rickshaw wallah-turned-writer-turned Trinamool Congress MLA.
ESSAY

Partition Horrors Remembrance Day: A Prime Minister determined to flout the nation’s consensus

A.G. Noorani The Nation
The subtext of the declaration of August 14, Pakistan’s Independence Day, as “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day” is to blame Muslims and the Muslim League for Partition. Narendra Modi wants to go down in history as the architect of a Hindu state. In this, he will fail.
Riots in South Africa

Dangerous divide in South Africa threatens domestic peace

John Cherian World Affairs
Riddled by faction feuds and plagued by scandals, the ANC government struggles to deal with the aftermath of the July riots.
Jammu & Kashmir

Uncertainty over the effect of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan on the Kashmir valley

Anando Bhakto The Nation
With the Taliban in control of Afghanistan, there is concern in India that terror activity could spill over from that country into the Kashmir valley, especially in the context of the growing alienation of Kashmiris as a result of the Modi government’s muscular policies on the Union Territory.
ONLINE CONFERENCE

Unmasking Hindutva

An international online conference elicits wide-ranging views on the global Hindutva movement and its vicious spread.
Afghanistan

Taliban announces interim government, key posts have gone to those who led 20-year-long war against the U.S.

John Cherian World Affairs
For the first time in 20 years, Afghanistan is experiencing peace and security. However, the composition of the interim Cabinet does not inspire much confidence that the Taliban will stick to the commitments it made after the deal with the U.S. in Doha.
Afghanistan

How the West bungled in Afghanistan

K.P. Fabian World Affairs
The composition of the caretaker Taliban government, which has no representation of either Shia Hazaras or women, has come in for much international criticism. While the Taliban is far from faultless, it is the West that has contributed in a major way towards the current mess in Afghanistan.
MOVEMENTS

Farmers’ movement: A new confidence

T.K. Rajalakshmi Agriculture
The huge success of the Kisan Mahapanchayat at Muzaffarnagar comes as a second wind to the farmers’ movement and expands its reach 10 months after the siege started on Delhi’s borders.
TRIBUTE

Keshav Desiraju: Architect of India’s mental health policy

Keshav Desiraju (1955-2021), former Union Health Secretary, was the driving force behind India’s mental health care policy. He was not only assiduously engaged in understanding public health issues, he sought to introduce good governance in the health sector.
Odisha's welfare measures

Ahead of Odisha local body elections, Naveen Patnaik on a sound footing

Prafulla Das Politics
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launches a slew of welfare schemes and provides timely aid to farmers and marginalised sections in the pandemic, ahead of rural and urban local body elections scheduled for next year.
Pandemic & education

Zero year in madrasas

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Education came to a standstill for more than a year in almost all the madrasas as a majority of students could not afford smartphones for online learning.
'Narcotic jehad' controversy

Pulpit polemics: Bishop’s homily on ‘narcotic jehad’ catches Kerala by surprise

R. Krishnakumar Communalism
The timing of a bishop’s warning to his flock against the dangers of ‘narcotic jehad’ and his vehemence catch Kerala by surprise. And the BJP finds in the controversy an opportunity to woo Christian voters in the State.
Interview: Prof. Krishna Kumar

Professor Krishna Kumar: ‘Our system does not care for the child’s comfort’

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Interview with Professor Krishna Kumar, educationist and former director, NCERT.
SURVEY

Miles to go in Mahuadanr

IF the general state of the schooling system today is bad enough, things are much worse in deprived areas like Mahuadanr block in Latehar district ...
SURVEY

Stifled dreams in Bhimwadi

Tejaswini Tabhane Cover Story
Anushka and Disha barely went to Anganwadi (pre-school) as the lockdown began soon after they joined. Their parents have recently enrolled them in a ...
THE SCHOOL SURVEY

Locked out: Emergency report on school education*

A recent survey of nearly 1,400 schoolchildren in underprivileged households brings out the catastrophic consequences of prolonged school closure in the last year and a half. In rural areas, only 8 per cent of sample children are studying online regularly, 37 per cent are not studying at all, and about half are unable to read more than a few words. Most parents want schools to reopen as soon as possible.
Lack of access to online education

Out-of-school generation

Meena T. Pillai Cover Story
The COVID-19 pandemic and the series of lockdowns have ripped off the makeshift bandages covering the sores of India’s educational system. Millions of school-age children are falling off the education map owing to a lack of access to online education, giving rise to new structures of caste and class oppression.
National Policy of Education 2020

Higher education: COVID-induced crisis used to push through ‘reforms’ without proper discussion

T.K. Rajalakshmi Education
The pronouncements in the National Education Policy 2020 about increased public investment, autonomy, and equity and inclusiveness in higher education seem to be myths that were propagated to conceal the real intentions.
ESSAY

Partition Horrors Remembrance Day: A Prime Minister determined to flout the nation’s consensus

A.G. Noorani The Nation
The subtext of the declaration of August 14, Pakistan’s Independence Day, as “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day” is to blame Muslims and the Muslim League for Partition. Narendra Modi wants to go down in history as the architect of a Hindu state. In this, he will fail.
Jammu & Kashmir

Uncertainty over the effect of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan on the Kashmir valley

Anando Bhakto The Nation
With the Taliban in control of Afghanistan, there is concern in India that terror activity could spill over from that country into the Kashmir valley, especially in the context of the growing alienation of Kashmiris as a result of the Modi government’s muscular policies on the Union Territory.
ONLINE CONFERENCE

Unmasking Hindutva

An international online conference elicits wide-ranging views on the global Hindutva movement and its vicious spread.
MOVEMENTS

Farmers’ movement: A new confidence

T.K. Rajalakshmi Agriculture
The huge success of the Kisan Mahapanchayat at Muzaffarnagar comes as a second wind to the farmers’ movement and expands its reach 10 months after the siege started on Delhi’s borders.
'Narcotic jehad' controversy

Pulpit polemics: Bishop’s homily on ‘narcotic jehad’ catches Kerala by surprise

R. Krishnakumar Communalism
The timing of a bishop’s warning to his flock against the dangers of ‘narcotic jehad’ and his vehemence catch Kerala by surprise. And the BJP finds in the controversy an opportunity to woo Christian voters in the State.
ESSAY

Partition Horrors Remembrance Day: A Prime Minister determined to flout the nation’s consensus

A.G. Noorani The Nation
The subtext of the declaration of August 14, Pakistan’s Independence Day, as “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day” is to blame Muslims and the Muslim League for Partition. Narendra Modi wants to go down in history as the architect of a Hindu state. In this, he will fail.
Riots in South Africa

Dangerous divide in South Africa threatens domestic peace

John Cherian World Affairs
Riddled by faction feuds and plagued by scandals, the ANC government struggles to deal with the aftermath of the July riots.
Jammu & Kashmir

Uncertainty over the effect of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan on the Kashmir valley

Anando Bhakto The Nation
With the Taliban in control of Afghanistan, there is concern in India that terror activity could spill over from that country into the Kashmir valley, especially in the context of the growing alienation of Kashmiris as a result of the Modi government’s muscular policies on the Union Territory.
ONLINE CONFERENCE

Unmasking Hindutva

An international online conference elicits wide-ranging views on the global Hindutva movement and its vicious spread.
Afghanistan

Taliban announces interim government, key posts have gone to those who led 20-year-long war against the U.S.

John Cherian World Affairs
For the first time in 20 years, Afghanistan is experiencing peace and security. However, the composition of the interim Cabinet does not inspire much confidence that the Taliban will stick to the commitments it made after the deal with the U.S. in Doha.
Afghanistan

How the West bungled in Afghanistan

K.P. Fabian World Affairs
The composition of the caretaker Taliban government, which has no representation of either Shia Hazaras or women, has come in for much international criticism. While the Taliban is far from faultless, it is the West that has contributed in a major way towards the current mess in Afghanistan.
MOVEMENTS

Farmers’ movement: A new confidence

T.K. Rajalakshmi Agriculture
The huge success of the Kisan Mahapanchayat at Muzaffarnagar comes as a second wind to the farmers’ movement and expands its reach 10 months after the siege started on Delhi’s borders.
TRIBUTE

Keshav Desiraju: Architect of India’s mental health policy

Keshav Desiraju (1955-2021), former Union Health Secretary, was the driving force behind India’s mental health care policy. He was not only assiduously engaged in understanding public health issues, he sought to introduce good governance in the health sector.
Pandemic & education

Zero year in madrasas

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Education came to a standstill for more than a year in almost all the madrasas as a majority of students could not afford smartphones for online learning.
'Narcotic jehad' controversy

Pulpit polemics: Bishop’s homily on ‘narcotic jehad’ catches Kerala by surprise

R. Krishnakumar Communalism
The timing of a bishop’s warning to his flock against the dangers of ‘narcotic jehad’ and his vehemence catch Kerala by surprise. And the BJP finds in the controversy an opportunity to woo Christian voters in the State.
Interview: Prof. Krishna Kumar

Professor Krishna Kumar: ‘Our system does not care for the child’s comfort’

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Interview with Professor Krishna Kumar, educationist and former director, NCERT.
Pandemic & Education

Exclusion is the norm in school education

MADHU PRASAD Cover Story
The ‘culling’ that has taken place due to school closure during the pandemic fits in well with the New Education Policy in a context where the education system has been designed to exclude the oppressed and marginalised majority of students.
BJP's communal propaganda

Sense of desperation in Sangh Parivar

Ahead of Assembly elections in crucial States, the BJP dials up its communal propaganda and launches a Modi-centric campaign in a desperate bid to stem rising public discontent and quell inner-party rumblings.
THE SCHOOL SURVEY

Locked out: Emergency report on school education*

A recent survey of nearly 1,400 schoolchildren in underprivileged households brings out the catastrophic consequences of prolonged school closure in the last year and a half. In rural areas, only 8 per cent of sample children are studying online regularly, 37 per cent are not studying at all, and about half are unable to read more than a few words. Most parents want schools to reopen as soon as possible.
Lack of access to online education

Out-of-school generation

Meena T. Pillai Cover Story
The COVID-19 pandemic and the series of lockdowns have ripped off the makeshift bandages covering the sores of India’s educational system. Millions of school-age children are falling off the education map owing to a lack of access to online education, giving rise to new structures of caste and class oppression.
Economic Perspectives

Global finance looking to profit from carbon and carbon allowances

C.P. Chandrasekhar C.P. Chandrasekhar
The entry of speculative investors into carbon markets could distort their working, and the resultant volatility and uncertainty are likely to inflict much collateral damage even as the objectives with which those markets were created remain unrealised.