Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Including me, we praised a lot the RTE act, we supported it last 12 years. But now I guess we were wrong because we trusted it blindly and skipped to see the deep inside the Act and praised the act emotionally, many clauses of the RTE are very dangerous for the poor and lower middle classes.
I met first time Vinod Raina in 2000 in Kanpur in a meet of education. I found Raina does not aware too much with the ground realities. I spent a week with Anil Sadgopal in 2002 in Hyderabad and discussed many educational issues.
I have been an active part of an organisation voluntarily who has been working for primary education for underprivileged children in all over India. We established many thousands centres for the poor children in very remote villages. I started and established 10 non-formal education centres for the children of migrant-workers between 1999-2001.
I am writing above to let you know that I understand the crisis of education systems for poor classes in India.
The dangerous drawbacks of RTE in Uttar Pradesh:
After 31.03.2013, no-one could run any formal or non-formal education centre, it is illegal under RTE and penalty starts with Rs 1 Lakh, if the formal school does not follow infrastructure standards set by the governments.
Thousands of notices have been issued to the formal recognised and non-formal schools not following the infrastructure standards set by the government.
Following standards of the recognised school means around 2 million Rs expenses on infrastructures not included the land price. And recurring expenses will be around 0.15 to 0.2 million Rs per month to run a small school. This means, these schools will have to charge a handsome amount of fee from the students.
Now a poor or lower middle class student has only two option-
- To drop the education and only enrolled in the government schools
- To study in ill-managed government schools
Government is not arranging the facility of quality education but stoping community to arrange a quality education by possible means, what will the children of poor and lower middle class do?
The RTE will create a high discriminations between poor and rich.
Poor and lower middle classes will get education in ill-managed government schools and upper middle class & upper class will get education in costly public schools.
We welcomed 25% seats in public schools for poor children but the RTE in Uttar Pradesh demands the two basic documents from a student from a poor and lower middle classes to study in a costly public schools under 25% quota-
- Students must produce a proof that there is no government school in his/her area
- Students must produce a letter from the principals of the all government schools in the area that seats are full in their schools to the education officer
Just for a note-
Is RTE not a black act for poor and lower middle classes?
Vivek Umrao Glendenning
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
- Allocation of additional funds for more PCR vans for intense patrolling, in order to create fear in law-breaking minds and allow women and citizens live with a sense of security and more faith in the police.
- Allocation of funds for self-defense training program for girls in schools.
- Increase in fund for constructing more separate toilets for girl students in primary and secondary schools.
- Providing funds for conducting training programs at school and college levels to empower students and teachers to run gender-based anti-violence projects within schools.
- Audit of education infrastructure in reference to specific needs of girls.
- Allocation of fund for constructing more hostels for girl students in universities and colleges as well as working women’s hostel.
- Allocation of more funds for creating shelter homes for women victims of domestic violence and other abuses.
- Increase in allocation for raising employability through effective spoken English Teaching and Communication Skills in Government Schools.
- Increase in grants to universities for conducting Intensive Training Program to sensitize the Police Force.
- Providing fund to invest in technology for prompt aid to women.
- Allocation of fund for creating employment opportunities in backward and rural areas through SMEs, cottage industries and industry linkages to check in-migration to metropolitan cities.
- Allocating massive outlay of funds for the digital inclusion of women and youth.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Friday, November 23, 2012
Tanaya Thakur is a 17 years old girl and a first-year law student at Chanakya National Law University, Patna. A young and dynamic lady, Tanaya considers herself to be a committed social activist who is ready to fight for justice and equally ready to oppose oppression and injustice. Thinking that her legal studies would be helpful in this purpose she is certain that she would act to liberate the world out of its present day condition and would not only help in establishing the rule of law but will also be a warrior where the law needs to be amended. Always dressed with a smile on her face, Tanaya can turn ferocious when she finds that injustice is being done. Her life seems to be a struggle in the present for a better future.
Works done by Tanaya
Tanaya thinks of herself as a social activist and RTI activist. She is a staunch believer that the functioning of democracy shall be transparent as democracy is a political system of the people, by the people and for the people. Thus being an advocate in transparency she is also a member of the National RTI Forum, an organization working in the field of governance and transparency throughout India. Tanaya has herself filed many RTIs regarding various causes in numerous departments. One such issue is regarding the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. She along with her brother Aditya asked the Ministry of Home Affairs about the legal validity of the cremation sites of these leaders. While she personally has got deep respect for these leaders who have played a really crucial role in shaping India’s destiny, the crux behind the whole issue is that while a large percentage of the nation’s population is poor, how can we allow such extravagancies to be done?
Tanaya is also a rationalist and thinks that superstition should be opposed. In this war against superstition she and her brother Aditya filed an FIR against the Indian god-man Nirmal ‘Baba’, who claims to have a third eye and promotes blind-worship and superstition among his followers. Tanaya thinks that superstition has become an endemic disease in India among all classes and feels that it needs to be wiped out before it wipes us.
Ideas and Interests
Along with social activism, Tanaya is also interested in writing. She writes poems, short stories and articles in both English and Hindi. She is also a voracious reader and loves to read books, both fiction and non-fiction. Tanaya’s favourite subject is English literature. She has also developed a keen interest in law, being a student in that subject. She also has interest in Political science and sociology. Tanaya thinks that one should never find herself being bound in a certain syllabus and thinks that reading books out of the prescribed course are cardinal to the complete development of the individual.
Tanaya has been working on a collection of short stories lately. She also considers writing to be both a hobby and career for her along with law. She also has her own blog that is thakurtanaya.blogspot.com.
Furthermore Tanaya has got interest in films and journalism. She is not only a self-described movie buff but also expresses interest in the history of cinema and film criticism.
Tanaya Thakur is the daughter of Mr. Amitabh Thakur and Dr. Nutan Thakur. Her father is an IPS officer who is also involved with social issues while her mother is a full time social activist. Tanaya thanks her parents for imparting not bookish education in her but instead giving her moral education. She thinks that her parents instilled in her the quintessence of education. She finds in her parents a mentor, a guide and a hero.
Tanaya is deeply concerned about the contemporary situation of the country as she thinks of herself as not only a good citizen but also a strong believer in humanity. She feels that something must be done and wishes to use the legal acumen she would acquire as a lawyer in the benefit of people at large. Her life has become a struggle for justice and a fight against oppression. Much needs to be done and the path would be long but Tanaya always feels optimistic about humanity’s future.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Aditya Thakur is a boy of about 14 years, presently studying in Standard XI. Despite being a student, he has been involved in both writing and social activism for a period that is no less than the past two years. He finds social activism to be a must for every student as there lies the essence of education: building a better tomorrow. Being a sensitive person, he feels sad for the world today as it succumbs in utter irony and injustice but then he realizes that feeling sad is no option and the real solution lies in working to get the world out of this state. Thus he thinks that his life would be a journey; a journey in which there is little rest and much to do.
Works done by Aditya
Though Aditya wants to expand his activism in every field- right from human rights to governance and economic injustice- till now his most important achievement has been made in the war against superstition. Being a self-professed rationalist and a bitter opponent of superstition, he along with his sister Tanaya Thakur filed an FIR against the god-man Nirmaljit Singh Narula aka Nirmal Baba at the local police station in Lucknow. Though the police initially refused to file the complaint, a long fight had to be drawn and the FIR was finally lodged through the intervention of court. This struggle targeted not only a single fraudulent ‘baba’ but also targeted a whole lot of such people who spread irrationalism and make fools out of people just to fill their own pockets.
Aditya Thakur also believes in access to education to all as education is not a just monopoly of the wealthy. Therefore he along with his sister also started giving free of cost education to the children in the neighborhood slums. Later they had to stop this due to ever-building pressure from studies of their own classes but this whole event opened their eyes to a whole new world.
Along with his activism related works Aditya writes poems and articles too. His poems are basically free-verse and sometimes show little poetic qualities but most of the times they are a serious attempt to express the phenomena in us and around us in words. He also has a blog- adityasphere.blogspot.com.
Future Plans, Ideas and Interests
Aditya has got deep interest in history and the social sciences. He considers history to be one of the best teachers available to human society. The past makes the present and so the understanding of past is indispensible to the understanding of the present and the understanding of the present is vital when you think of making a better and more luminous future. The past has got both a good and bad side, so Aditya thinks of taking inspirations from the better part of history and learning from the very mistakes that were made back then. Along with history, his favourite subjects are political science and economics. He also finds mathematics to be an interesting subject.
After Class XII, Aditya wishes to pursue law. This is so not only because of his liking for law but also because he thinks that having a sound knowledge of law and legal affairs is always beneficiary for someone who wants to work for bringing a change in the social system. Law and society are closely knitted and courts have also become a place to instill social change, thanks to the concepts of social justice and social legislation. With whatever glimpse he has got of legal studies till now Aditya has developed a taste for International law and Human Rights. International Law builds a sense of One World Theory and promulgates a world without borders, he feels. Although he deliberates that the notion of a single world shall be spread he doesn’t think that it has been achieved through the recent phenomena of globalization, which has developed since the 1990s. He feels himself as a part of the greater anti-globalization movement.
Aditya advocates a decentralized government where power is distributed to all. He thinks that the smallest organ of the whole democratic system shall get access to the larger world while being self-sufficient and self-reliant. He considers that the local government encourages more public participation and thus is freer from corruption. Also a local government would be able to take better decisions on many fronts vis-a-vis a government which is not aware of the problems on the grass-root level. He thinks that the government should be made more transparent and accountable. It’s obvious that a decentralized government would be helpful in that.
While not only having a dislike for big government, Aditya also feels that big corporations have negative influence on the society and hinder actual development. Development shall be for the people and by the people, he thinks, but big corporations discard the whole crux of development and rather help a few to stockpile wealth. He feels that the fruits of development should reach to all and for that a more eco-friendly and a more people-friendly mode of production and distribution shall be development. Such an industry might be developed by social entrepreneurship, which is both reliant and also helps in poverty alleviation.
Aditya Thakur feels that while people can be destroyed by a variety of ways, their thoughts remain alive. Ideas are indestructible and are of great value. He considers himself a person whose whole life would be a quest in search of those ideas, and as it has been said before it would be a long journey where there would be miles to go before the traveller sleeps.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
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Saturday, July 14, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
Sachin Tendulkar as MP in Rajya Sabha (Council of States) puts question mark over Rajya Sabha Nomination policy
Sachin Raj Singh Chauhan, B.Tech, MBA
Chief Sub Editor, Ground Report India Group
Conceptually, a place where one is framed with powers, responsibilities to act and influence.
As per the Fourth Schedule (Article 80) of the Constitution, 12 persons, having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as literature, science, art and social service, may be nominated to the Rajya Sabha.
The maximum strength of Rajya Sabha as 250, out of which 12 members are nominated by the President and 238 are representatives of the States and of the two Union Territories.
The motive behind the nomination is to invite eminent personalities, have earned distinction in their field of activity, who may not like to contest the election due to daunting affair. Nominating them to Rajya Sabha is not only recognizing or conferring the honor but also raising the quality and level of deliberations by reason of their contribution to the debates.
Sachin Tendulkar couldn’t take oath during the Budget Session due to IPL matches last month.
Sachin made it clear that his focus would be cricket and hinting at concentrating on Parliament work after he stops playing the game. However, he hastened to add that he does not want rumors to swirl that he has stopped playing cricket for Parliament.
"I am here because of my cricketing career. I cannot take any focus away from my cricket. That is where it all started for me. I will focus on my cricket and as and when I stop playing cricket, I don't know, when I will start attending to other things.
"I don't want rumours to start that I have stopped playing cricket. I will let everyone know when I will stop playing cricket," he said when asked how he would assuage people who raise questions whether he would be able to do justice to the job in Parliament when he is still playing cricket.
"Cricket comes first," Tendulkar told reporters as he and wife Anjali were chaperoned by Shukla to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari's chamber.
A number of Parliament staffers took out their mobile phones to capture a glimpse of the cricketer.
If you go through his life, you will find out he never participated in any Vigorous controversial issues weather it was match fixing or any controversies of IPL or CPL. As we are aware that he always play too safe. Here I am not saying but his own innings is continuously reflecting these facts.
Under the captainship of Sachin, India played 73 one day international, won 23 and lost 43 matches. It put question mark on his leadership. He played very well individually. It shows that he is very good player but not a leader.
As Indians we all have love, regards for his contribution in the name, fame of India at international level. So the government should give him an honour of “BHARAT RATNA” rather than seat in Rajya Sabha where he is not fit legally and practically.
Why not legally: Sports is not mentioned in prescribed category of Fourth Schedule (Article 80) of the Constitution. It repudiates the said law.
Why not practically: He has been quite on any issue related to cricket or other. He never participated in any social issues. His own statement, I will focus on my cricket and as and when I stop playing cricket, I don't know when I will start attending to other things. He couldn’t take oath during the Budget Session due to IPL matches last month. All above statement reflect his narrow interest in Rajya Sabha. Where Policy are made and governed to run the entire country.