ninety three

ninety three
two simple digits, but ones that should have tranformed the lives of the children of India:
I am referring to the ninety third amendment to the constitution of India..

right to learn

It took half a century for the children of Independant India to get the right to free education. It should be a cause of celebration... but then all is not well on planet India...

A few weeks back a senior government official asked me whether I would like to 'take over' the local municipal school. At first I thought it was a joke.. but soon realised the person was serious...

I was in the presence of the so called privatisation of education, that one had been hearing of for some time.

My blood ran cold...

The state was simply abdicating its duty towards education and handing it over to whoever would want it... and i why should anyone want it if not for commercial reasons.. we were not talking philantrophy here...

Yes it is the fashion of the day to hand over what one is not able to run, be it a natural resource like water to the running of complex organisations like power, to mundane ones like garbage collection... but has anyone stopped to think what this would mean...

Handing over municipal schools to commercial interests simply means denying millions of children their constitutional right to education... yes i am sure some palliative will be found, some form of literacy or the other for which someone will find a befitting and conscious easing name... and society wil be further divided..

An easy way to solve problems.. maybe next time we cannot handle our own children let us give them to the highest bidder!