Month: December 2019

Right problem ; Wrong solution

The extreme left , as this blogger is wont to repeat ad nauseam, is as bad as the extreme right. The champions of the hard left – Bernie Sanders in the US and  Jeremy Corbyn in the UK have one policy in common that is a good example of this. […]

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‘Nagpur Resolution: A Holistic approach for empowering citizens’ adopted during regional conference organised by DARPG in Nagpur

The ‘Nagpur Resolution- A holistic  approach for empowering citizens’ was adopted during the Valedictory session of the two-day Regional Conference on ‘Improving Public Service Delivery – Role of Governments’, in Nagpur, Maharashtra today. The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Minister for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Shri […]

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Beggars in Nigeria will start paying tax !

So says the Finance Minister of Nigeria. Beggars will have to pay taxes. Apparently some beggars are earning millions in Nigeria. Perhaps its fair enough that Mrs Adeosun , the Finance Minster said “proceeds from begging are taxable. You are supposed to pay taxes even if your means of income is […]

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Job losses in India too ?

My good friend who goes by the moniker of Vaingluory, at least on my travel blog, messaged me drawing attention to this story .  The opinion piece from a headhunter is titled ‘Expect 100,000 to 200,000 Jobs to be Lost Every Year For The Next Three Years’ . There is a lot of […]

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Your Father knows

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:7-8). People speak about “the power of […]

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The Case for Children’s News Programmes

Imagine regular news programmes for childrenWhile advertising and entertainment programmes have begun to cater to children’s needs, for some reason news channels have ignored children altogether! Imagine a regular children’s news programme, at a fixed time, presented in a lively way, as something for children to look forward to daily. […]

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Are teachers villains or victims?

At some point or the other in their lives, almost everyone has held the view: ‘If only teachers did their work better, so many problems would be solved…’  Schools would be so much better off, isn’t it? Education would be great and our lives very different as a result; in fact, […]

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The Qualities of a Change-Maker

Improving educational quality ends up being about change rather than tinkering with some elements.  What then are the qualities of those involved in bringing about this change?  Here are my guesses. As can be expected, this is a long wish-list! I need your help to identify which ones are really […]

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Pseudo Solutions for Real Educational Problems

Ask an intelligent question and get a ________ reply! Here’s an experiment. It seems to work well with functionaries from educational systems in India, Bangladesh and several other countries in South Asia and beyond. Bring together a group of educational personnel such as academic supervisors, district and state / provincial […]

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Letting go

When your child is born, it is probably the greatest moment of your life. It’s your child. It is the creation of you and your partner. It’s a new life created out of the blue. And only because of you. You then slog your butt off to raise the child. […]

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When you pray

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your […]

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