TikTok Ban and Trump’s Extortionist Policies

IN the United States of America, Trump administration has given a 90-day deadline to ByteDance, its Chinese owner, to sell its assets to a US company or shut shop. Microsoft, Oracle and a group including … Read more

Can BJP’s Politics and Facebook’s Business Thrive without Hate?

THE Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article – Facebook’s Hate-Speech Rules Collide With Indian Politics – on August 14, has blown the lid off Facebook’s unholy alliance with the BJP. In this article, WSJ details how … Read more

Air Crash in Kozhikode: Haunting Issues

AIR India Express ‘Vande Bharat’ Flight IX 1134 evacuating stranded Indians from Dubai to India, tragically crashed in rainy conditions on August 7, 2020 evening at Calicut International Airport in Karipur near Kozhikode, Kerala. The … Read more

Is the Draft NEP 2019 Designed to Deliver Equitable Quality Public Education?1

The National Education Policy (NEP), 2019 comes at a time when neoliberal reforms have been institutionalised over three decades via a nexus between a swelling private sector in teacher education and a compromised state school … Read more

US Tech War on China & the 5G Battlefield

THE US tech war on China continues, banning Chinese equipment from its network, and asking its 5-Eyes partners and NATO allies to follow suit. It is a market and a technology denial regime that seeks … Read more

Privatisation in Space: Lurking Dangers & Poor Prospects

AS part of the Rs 20 lakh crore economic stimulus package announced by the government supposedly to boost the Covid-impacted economy, the finance minister declared that all sectors of the economy would henceforth be open … Read more

All India Peoples’ Science Network (AIPSN) Draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019

Flawed process The Draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 is an outcome of a flawed process. It is out as a 484 pages document with main part being 398 pages covering 23 Sections and 38 … Read more

Critical View on Current Policy in Agricultural Education

NEP is changing both the character and content of Agricultural education. The new policy is aimed at a shift from public funded to self financed/payment mode of autonomous universities and colleges by changing the curriculum … Read more

Comments on Vocational Education (VocEd),(with some Comments on related aspects of Technical/Professional Education)

The proposals in NEP2019 on Vocational Education are to be seen in the context of the overall new policy framework on Secondary School Education and Higher Education. Detailed comments on different aspects of the NEP2019 … Read more

Government Lying on NPR being Different from NRC

The BJP and the Modi government claim the National Register of Citizens (NRC) process is yet to start. The Minister of State for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy, has said: “A countrywide NRC had not … Read more

Ministers Playing Hide and Seek in Parliament on Pegasus

THE two sets of questions in the Parliament to two different ministries on the Israeli software Pegasus being used to hack smartphones of Indian activists have drawn different replies.  It makes clear that the government … Read more

Air Pollution Time… Yet Again!

IT would be humorous if it was not so tragic, but it is another winter in Delhi and North India as a whole, and has brought with it, yet again, another prolonged spell of terrible … Read more