Category Archives: Commentary

There are many indices one can use to measure the shocking failures of education, even as it is conventionally understood, in India today. The stories of state-run schools that are in absolute shambles are legion, and have been documented by thousands of researchers, journalists, and social workers. More than seventy years after independence, the effective countrywide literacy rate is less than 50%; in some districts of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Madhya Pradesh, female literacy rates still hover at 10%. The best public universities have been gutted; all that is left is a shambolic display of awards of “excellence”, a word as shorn of content as any. In one instance the award has been to an institute of higher education that does not even exist. Yet all this is far from what Gandhi had in mind when he pondered over the ruins of education and I wonder how he would have struggled to even comprehend the “hardheartedness” of the educated in India today. Let there be no mistake: what really ails Indian education is the fact that at its center is the “undeveloped heart.” – Vinay Lal, Professor of History & Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
https://vinaylal.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/the-undeveloped-heart-gandhi-on-education/

Audio | CBC Unreserved on “Decolonizing the classroom: Is there space for Indigenous knowledge in academia?” – Canada

Priyamvada Gopal on the rights of indigenous peoples (Adivasi in India): Colonialiality is a dynamic we need to be alert for as much in the present even within so-called independent, decolonized countries [quote from 31:30 onwards] Listen to the full … Continue reading

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“Air, water and grains are essential to human nourishment” – Mahatma Gandhi 100 years ago

Gandhi spoke of Swaraj’s three basic khorak. But he also gave, in the same 1918 speech, a fourth khorak for Swaraj. And that lay in his words, “we have a right to question.” | Read the full article by Gopalkrishna Gandhi, titled “On … Continue reading

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Tips | Nature, wildlife and more

Suggestions for search words: “tribal wildlife”,”biodiversity forest dwellers”, “Adivasi forest rights”, “nature conservation tribe”; for better search results, combine these words with a particular state or region of special interest: e.g. Madhya Pradesh, Bastar, Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya Gandhi believed that … Continue reading

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Representations of Birsa Munda: Leader of the 1890 Munda rebellion – Jharkhand

To read or download the full issue, click here >> Visualizing memories In his article, Daniel Rycroft addresses the problem of cultural heritage and its construction. Dealing with the cultural interface between Adivasis and post-colonial governance, he redefines heritage as ‘looking … Continue reading

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“Cover Your Country” by PARI: Rural people speak about their lives through photos, narratives, film, and audio materials

Jael Silliman, The Telegraph (Calcutta), Saturday , November 12 , 2016 | To read the full article, click here >> Rural India’s diversity is well known. Yet the fact that more than 833 million people live in India’s villages, speak over … Continue reading

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