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Caste In School Education

Pabitra Saha  The diversity of society in India plays an important role in the assumptions of any theory when we are living in social, economic, political, and cultural hierarchies. The understanding of freedom, dignity, self-esteem, etc. must be seen in the context of Indian society, where these are absent in the unprivileged, marginalized, deprived society. …

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Storming Libraries, ‘Achhe Din’ and the New Education Policy

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N Sukumar and Shailaja Menon The NEP 2020 has been rolled out amidst the Corona pandemic with the grandiose dreams of unleashing India’s potential as a world teacher (Vishwaguru). Ironically, a few months back police stormed the library of Jamia Millia Islamia, thrashed students and vandalized the reading space. No one knows when the culprits …

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Brahmanical Hegemony in Knowledge Production and Pedagogy

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  Tejaswini Tabhane Famous Indian Sociologist, André Béteille, writes a thick book on Indian Higher Education — Universities at the Crossroads. Therein, he does not mention much about caste. The only point where he brings out the issue of caste is when he discusses the poor performance of state universities and one reason he gives …

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Exiling Intellectuals: From HCU to JNU

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N Sukumar & Shailaja Menon In 1962, Paulo Freire created culture circles in Northeastern Brazil to support 300 sugarcane workers to teach each other how to read the word and their world in 45 days, which enabled them to register to vote. These Culture Circles that began with Sugar Cane workers, catalyzed thousands more. Each …

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Ambedkar does not need to be rescued

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  Nilesh Kumar Introduction This year, the nation is celebrating Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s 125th Birth Anniversary. Dalits, Ambedkarite groups, non-governmental organizations largely run by Dalits, international bodies like United Nations (UN), some national and international universities, political parties like Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Hindu organisations like Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS), Congress, the various state …

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Revealing the ‘Male Teacher Authority Figure’

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  Nidhin Shobhana  ‘Every Image embodies a way of seeing’ – John Berger. He enters the giant classroom in his crisp white short kurta, he walks with an ease which inspires pensive and fearful silence; he is fair-skinned, well-fed and tall, and he speaks clearly with authority. One of the most powerful images of our …