capitalism, Education, India

Blended Education or The Last Nail in the Coffin of Public Education: Preliminary Comments

This document is a haste attempt to somehow implement the actual agenda of the government. There is hardly any attention paid to the complexities involved in different disciplines. Social sciences and humanities or art and design or Biotechnology and Computer Sciences have their own specific disciplinary requirements. It also fails to reflect on how will it work for different levels of higher education and it is quite expectedly silent about the fellowships and scholarships as well in the ‘new’ era of education. The authors of the report have not bothered to base their proposal on any kind of actual research which was quite possible because in India online teaching-learning has been going on since 2020. There was a possibility to see how it has worked and what kind of problems have been encountered by teachers and students. There have been many media reports to this effect but a well-conceived study should have been carried to provide an insight into the problem.

India, Left Politics, Movements, Organisational QUestion, Politics, South Asia

Kerala Elections and Debates Around the Left Ministry

The exclusion of the former Kerala Health Minister K Shailaja despite her victory in elections has been criticised from Left politicians as well as sympathisers. Should one really worry so much about the exclusion?

India, Left Politics, Movements, Organisational QUestion, South Asia

Rosa Luxemburg and the Pedagogy of Revolution: Reflections on the current impasse facing the Indian Left

Ravi Kumar West Bengal slipped away from the hands of the Left as it lost the elections. Tripura, another state, decided to shift to the right parliamentarily. There were questions raised by the younger generation within the Left in Bihar during the 2020 elections. The Left in India is not in the best of its… Continue reading Rosa Luxemburg and the Pedagogy of Revolution: Reflections on the current impasse facing the Indian Left

capitalism, Education, India, informal labour, Politics, South Asia

Pandemic, Migration and the Education Crisis: How Capitalism Aggravated it

The painful pictures of migrants heading home must be haunting many people. The reality is that there is no correct estimation of how many workers migrate internally in India, given the precarity and the unavailability of jobs. According to a World Bank estimate, there are nearly 40 million internal migrants. The figure was echoed in… Continue reading Pandemic, Migration and the Education Crisis: How Capitalism Aggravated it

India, informal labour, Poetry, Politics, South Asia

मैं फिर आऊँगा

मैं फिर आऊँगाजब तुम्हें मेरी ज़रूरत होगी दर्द का एहसासमुझे भी होता हैमेरे सीने से भी चीख निकलती हैआँखो के पर्दे फाड़ देइतनी तेजलेकिन तुम तो बहरोके नगर के राजा होतुम्हें कैसे सुनाई देती तुम्हें महसूस होता हैजब वार होतुम्हारी दौलत परइकट्ठा किया है जिसकोतुमने ग़रीबी के खून बहा करजिससे बू आती हैउन लाशों कीजो… Continue reading मैं फिर आऊँगा

capitalism, Corona Virus, India, informal labour, Poetry, South Asia

We do not walk alone

Walking not aloneBut with innumerable othersTalking occasionallyOf where we wereAnd where we will beWhether we will also perishLike the onewhose body could not carry him for longLike those young livesWhich were lost in transit I don’t walk aloneI walk with my comradesAll of us enslavedby the shimmer of citiesby false hopes of a better lifeby… Continue reading We do not walk alone

BJP, capitalism, Caste Politics, Corona Virus, India, Jamia, Politics, religion, South Asia

Corona Narratives III:Enmity, Hatred and Livelihood in times of Communal Virus

Ahmad (name changed) has been our regular kabadiwallah (junk dealer). He would come whenever we called him to collect newspapers, empty bottles, old junk of any kind. Around two years back he took a lot of time to come and, in fact, told us that he could come only on Sunday. I was perplexed at… Continue reading Corona Narratives III:Enmity, Hatred and Livelihood in times of Communal Virus

capitalism, Corona Virus, India, informal labour, South Asia

Corona Narratives II:Informal Labour in Exceptional Times

Living in a locality, which is more heavily gated, quieter, and not very intrusive does not let you realise the impact that Corona pandemic is having on the informal labour. Ever since the pandemic hit the human race and more so after the Indians developed a true fear of this unforeseen phenomenon my neighbours have… Continue reading Corona Narratives II:Informal Labour in Exceptional Times

capitalism, Corona Virus, India

Corona Narratives I:Being Democratic, Sensitive and an Unabashed Accumulator at the Same Time

An image is a powerful medium of pedagogy - it teaches without formally teaching us. It prepares a generation, which develops a particular understanding of the world through it.  Images have the power and potential to not reveal the fundamental characteristics of the system in whose belly lie these truths but paints the canvas with another… Continue reading Corona Narratives I:Being Democratic, Sensitive and an Unabashed Accumulator at the Same Time