Since education reforms are back on the radar, it’s time to end all debates and focus on the key issue — our children. The way I see it, all talks of incremental reforms are going to get us nowhere. Such reforms may buy us some time, but what are we going to get by making education more efficient or more flexible, if the basics of what we seek to deliver or what we strive to nourish are flawed? Read more
Three key expressions define Barack Obama’s plan to fix the US financial system — consumer protection and compensation (both have 54 references) and financial stability (44 references). While the last two are rather too strongly entrenched in India, the first is something that Indian regulators and policymakers can learn and adopt. Financial stability is a crisis-specific need to revert from the receding tremors of the global financial earthquake that has shaken consumers, companies and countries alike and it won’t hurt Indian policymakers to know that we’re doing ok, though have a few steps to walk ahead. The first two are typical Obama signatures. Read more
With Verdict 2009 behind us, it’s time to redefine politics — and I mean the word itself. But with 43-and-a-half concepts of politics littering the political science space, coming to any rational conclusion becomes as easy as time travel. Metaphorically speaking, however, it is indeed time travel, through a brilliant research note by T.J. Donahue of Yale University, that helped me organise the definitional litter. Read more
Did you choose the right course? Are you sure? Well, a lot of my school friends, who chose to study political science and history, didn’t. A whole lot of ‘maths types’ who chose to study engineering, didn’t. And many of those who entered medicine hoping to find a cure for cancer didn’t.
For a long time I’ve been wondering why. A lot of research has gone into how students choose their careers. Read more