Archive | February, 2011

School Education: Shoudn’t We Meet the Challenge?

Can there not be socially owned and funded, but professionally managed good quality schools which can debunk the notion of the inevitability of ‘marketization’ of school education? Need a good school necessarily be expensive? Need an inexpensive school necessarily be of low quality? Should we not identify this as a challenge? And should we not […]

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Deconstructing Arundhati Roy’s ‘Walking With the Comrades’

Wrote this as a Foreword to a publication of India Foundation. This is a critique of Arundhati Roy’s long piece in Outlook Magazine of March 2009. “But what made Arundhati Roy write what she wrote? We need to quickly catch up with some of her inadvertent confessions in the essay to understand this.”

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Indian, yet modern

Tried to clear the air of confusion between Westernization and Modernization. I try to show that one can be essentially Indian, yet modern. And westernized people need not necessarily modern. In the Indian mind, unfortunately, modern and western are treated as one. And Indian-ness is taken as pre-modern, and western as modern. The explosion of […]

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One Cheer for Each!

Quite soon after the 2004 general elections, local bodies polls were held in the state of AP. I wrote this after the results of the polls were out, analysing the message contained in the poll results.

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Varam Saapam Kaakoodadu (Telugu)

This is a piece I wrote in Telugu on the Demographic Dividend in India. If it is not leveraged properly it could turn out out to be a bane rather than a boon to the country.

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University and Society

I put down these ideas on what should be the relationship between University and Society especially in the Indian context; what should a University aim at; and what could be the theoretical and practical interventions of University system.

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Education – Four Parts

The ancient wisdom about imparting Education. It still has a lot of relevance. My own experience in Pranava The School bears this out.

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Jobless Growth Strategy Still Haunts

Our economic growth is not resulting in the growth of employment. There is an acute contradiction between what is happening in the new economy and the traditional sectors of activity. This calls for a reexamination of our development strategy and growth vision.

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Eleventh Plan’s Major Departures

I wrote this just before the Eleventh Plan was about to be adopted. Now I think it will serve as a basis for evaluating the Plan’s performance.

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AP’s Debt Wish

I wrote this way back in 2006 I think. The financial situation in the state hasn’t seen much improvement since. In fact, if anything, it has worsened. During the last fifty years Andhra Pradesh has undergone a comprehensive transformation in every field. From an overwhelmingly agrarian economy, today the state has become a major IT […]

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