Licenced to keep India back

On my travels in rural India, I make it a point to visit the village school. It is always a saddening experience. In Rajasthan, some months ago, I was in a small village in which the two private schools were beehives of activity at eleven in the morning. In the government school, on grounds twice as large as the private schools, children waited with their schoolbags outside closed classrooms because the teachers had not yet arrived. Since school education is now on the concurrent list, there is much that the HRD Minister can do to bring about urgent, crucial change. It is in his hands to end the licence raj, in his hands to open the doors for huge private investment, in his hands to make a million schools and colleges bloom.

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