Reason Distortions in the approach of policymakers to higher education, no doubt. The country-wide pattern makes it clear that it is the unmonitored private enterprise in education that is sowing the seeds of discontent in youth when they should actually be harnessed for constructive nation-building. We are not against private capital. What we are against is private capital dictating terms in the education sector. The government should have the final say. There should be a public body, a watchtower over self-financing colleges. Otherwise, social justice will go haywire and the quality of education will suffer.
As a student leader, I dream of an India thats seen beyond metro cities. The headlights of mainstream Indian media are too focussed on celebrity doings in New Delhi or Mumbai to see feudalism rearing its head in Bihar or sati still happening in the post-Raja Rammohan Roy century. Long exorcised spirits of communalism are returning in gory forms too often.
Its not just the media thats getting hijacked by the market. Market has taken over education. Worse, it has taken over young minds. We plan to run an awareness campaign on the growing consumer culture in 2005.
As told to Sarita Varma in Thiruvananthapuram