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For working India’s federal system, one has to go beyond brute parliamentary majorities and grapple with the multilevel government-opposition matrix, which is the architecture of Centre-State power-sharing.

 

The World Education Forum is a test of our commitment to children.

 

The NDA government and HRD minister have displayed outright contempt for scholars and scholarship.

 

Besides cuts in state funding which is a critical area of concern, the BJP-led government’s overall approach to education is destructive of autonomy, creativity and diversity.

 

Be it the glorious Language Movement of 1952 or the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, no movement can come about without collective action. Social and/or political activism fuelled with the power of mass campaign helps birth a movement.

 

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s soft Hindutva strategy may be electorally successful, but it risks splitting the country along deep lines of religious hostility and conflict

 

Government’s insistence on acquisition is rooted in a rush to impose the Gujarat model on the rest of India.

 

From Partition and the Emergency, to displacement by dams, the Bhopal tragedy, agricultural suicides and riots, we realise that India is a great body that digests violence and is content to live with the logic of it

 

State governments cannot make cities livable. They must give urban areas freedom to manage themselves. The concept of new cities that can be planned and built afresh is tempting, but new habitations take decades to settle. They cannot drive mass urbanisation.

 

Government has merely called to account those NGOs that have violated Indian law. Recently, the US warned India of the “potentially chilling effects” of regulatory steps taken by the NDA government against certain NGOs, on the ground that such “vocal civil society organisations” are important as watchdogs.

 


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