Students’ sad story

There is much hullabaloo over the SC judgement on the RTE Act. But two more suicides by city students this week show that the statutory right to the three Rs, that the judges, activists and rulers are so obsessed with, often goes against the larger right to life and livelihood of us students. The basic question arises if we should at all be put through this education wringer only to emerge in shreds. Continue Reading

Beyond budgets

India’s Budget, like its Parliamentary system, is a British legacy. No, no, before you jump to conclusions, let me assure you that the now familiar M man has nothing to do with this one. And here’s another promise: none of those high-sounding jargon that seem lost on the primetime pundits and panelists themselves including the one delivering them. Continue Reading

Barking up the wrong tree

Minority politics is perennial fare in India, but it peaks at poll time for that’s when secular politicos call in favours from their, er, well, most favoured constituencies. While on paper, the Constitution and electoral guidelines expressly prohibit candidates from seeking votes in the name of religion, strangely those nurturing minority vote banks are deemed exempt. Continue Reading