An Open Letter to Smt. Smriti Irani – II

Dear Smt. Smriti Irani, Honourable HRD Minister (Government of India),  I write this letter in response to the public announcement that was made by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on September 8, 2015, requesting all the Members of Parliament (MPs), under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), to work to achieve 100% literacy by March,…

Our Collective Conscience

Rohith Vemula, one of the five Dalit PhD Research Scholars suspended by the University of Hyderabad (UOH) under circumstances that can be best described as reeking of casteist authoritarianism, committed suicide day before yesterday. His suicide note contains these heartbreaking lines “My birth is my fatal accident. I can never recover from my childhood loneliness….

Left, Right, Left: Marching to the Beat of Ideology

This is everything on the table: I grew up in the ’90s in a middle class, urban, educated family in Bangalore. This is not to say that my parents were rich. My father had lost both his parents by the age of 26, and he worked hard to stay standing on his two feet. I…

Retain, Not Detain

In the process of redesigning the national education policy in India, the question of whether the No-Detention Policy (NDP) should be revoked is also being debated. According to the NDP, first given in 2009 under the Right to Education Act, no student can be asked to repeat a grade until the 8th grade. I am…

An Open Letter to Smt. Smriti Irani

September 28, 2015 Dear Smt. Smriti Irani, Honourable HRD Minister (Government of India), I write this letter in response to the public announcement made by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD Ministry), requesting all the Members of Parliament (MPs) to work to achieve 100% literacy by March, 2016, in one chosen village from their…