Where are they and what are they doing?
Education for democracy must be our goal!Our education must build a robust democracy!Now we are ranked, not as a big democracy!But a flawed democracy, you know?
Corona virus and our current education practices are a deadly combination! There is an undeclared lockdown whose timing and extent is very uncertain and there is no one soul in the country who hasn’t any grasp of the enormity of the problem. There are of course many highly talented experts, also highly decorated ones with distinctions like FRS and other titles and who can surely guide the political leaders. But then, sad to say, where are they, the leaders, the political masters, and their servants?Yes, the time is here, right now to ask some uncomfortable questions.
The political ecosystem is such that the very ethos and the current habits of the exercise of power has become chaotic.
A sort of what we should call now as the Leyton mafia, the very power elite comprising of all who find an excuse to find a residence for a few years why some others even for a lifetime as some members of somebody and they all learned to exist this way for many years. We have come to live in Delhi and learned to hang on as members of this or that society or committees and by now the very facets of Indian society have changed to become an anarchical group.
The Legislature is only one face of the democratic system, even that Democracy Index calls Indian democracy as a flawed democracy.We have seen many such international indexes.
Why we hesitated the issues of the education system to be downgraded to the last?
Education? What is the meaning of education?It is something that touches all facets of humans existence. Education is a definition of what constitutes a society’s total capabilities.Education is different to each country with a long history.India is perfect suited to such a definition and suited for a deeper enquiry.
We have been independent nation only for less than a century and as a democracy, we are only some 75 years.Already, we have been facing many challenges. There are real challenges to far and correct the many deficiencies.
In education, we have to reverse the British hold. The British system of education has taught us to build a bureaucratic machine and this habit persists still.We have to reverse this and we have to create an independent Indian mind and we have to teach an entrepreneurial learning Indian mindset.The over-dependent British method of rote learning still persists and this must go away!
Also there is so much craze for IAS training academies, so many are exploitative. And the so-called educator-entrepreneurs-the new moneyed class who are now penetrating the political, electoral system and damaging the democratic values too badly.
In the recent assembly elections some states come to the top in the collection and seizure of unaccounted money and other valuables in IAS training classes, we have to teach the research findings of the independent organisations whose objective data and other findings must be set for competitive exams!This only can be the new education awakening process.
Unless you have such awakenings, our so-called educational reforms, in whatever forms would only produce nil results and nil benefits to create robust citizens. Our democracy would continue to produce the same type of ills.