Alas, thanks to lack of education, there are two Indias in this country! One India is e-literate, the other India is illiterate. One India says, we have a towering presence; the other India says, we are knee-high to a grasshopper. One India says, it’s as easy as ABC; the other India says, we are yet to grasp the three ‘Rs! One India leads from the front; the other India drags its feet! In the 60th year of our freedom, the time is ripe. India is waiting in the wings and saying it’s time to fly; the world is our oyster and the sky is the limit. All the developed nations have almost 100 per cent literacy; while we are a little over 67 per cent (recent NSSO data) and that too is crude literacy rate! Any education minister/secretary listening?
Today’s India has a ‘historic’ opportunity to secure its place amongst the developed nations. We have tremendous human resources, a thriving economy and a vibrant democracy, enough to make others jealous. Alas, what we... [continues]
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