A boost for education
Apropos of the report “Now get your pvt. tutor online”, the new interactive tutoring website Eduwizards appears to have potential to revolutionise the delivery of education in India. With broadband internet spreading fast in rural areas, availability of cheap smart phones and devices, coupled with the lack of sound classroom infrastructure and qualified tutors in the villages, such websites can fill a gap that has been existing for quite some time now. In order to be successful in a country like India, this website will have to be region-specific and prepare the content in the local language up to the primary level. In addition, the concept of cloud computing will also be required to make the user device simpler, with only internet connection required to download the content. Video content can also be provided as an option for costlier user devices. With the success of this venture, more such websites will soon appear, providing the necessary competition and improved services. The government will only be needed to permit such students to appear in exams and provide the certificate if they qualify for the next class.
Communal politicking, again
Once again, BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj has whipped up controversy, demanding that the Ram temple be built in Ayodhya during the BJP rule. Supporting his outburst, Surendra Jain, VHP spokesman and national general secretary, has warned that the government will be pulled down if they did not build the Ram temple during their rule! This is not the first time the saffron-clad MP has put his foot in his mouth—he has been doing this endlessly with his accommodative big mouth! Knowing fully well the matter is sub-judice, commenting on an issue being contested in the courts, this communal-minded MP—with all audacity and scant respect for the judiciary—has commented openly on building Ram temple in the disputed site at Ayodhya. Moreover, his diatribe against the Muslims and Babri Masjid speaks volumes of the standard and quality of his politicking. Only Lord Ram can save the nation from such persons who represent us in the Lok Sabha.
Govt not a total disappointment
The Modi government has not truly lived up to the promises it made at the time of the election last year. But, did it err in promising too much? No. The frustration with the last government had reached such hieghts that to win the election, the BJP had to promise the moon and more. Despite falling short of expectations, the BJP government has managed to make modest changes for good govenance. In government-citizen interface, there is less corruption, more digitisation. There is a need for the government to now see what it can immediately deliver on. The GST is one thing that comes to mind. The government should focus on that for the time-being.
Prahlad Bhasin, Mumbai
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