The Ugly Duckling

Lockdown has brought many kinds of problems in its wake.  Probably the worst hit are the children, who find themselves totally confined within four restrictive walls.   Most of them miss their daily dose of fun and games. There are some special children, who might not be able to play physical games, but they tooContinue reading “The Ugly Duckling”

Raja’s Shame-A Short Story

Author’s Note: I chose to write fiction because I believe it has the power to humanize empirical data. Research has been conducted in many Indian states that provide evidence of discriminatory seating arrangements in schools, teachers discriminating against marginalized children, and so on. But beyond the numbers and affirmative action, it is that deeply personalContinue reading “Raja’s Shame-A Short Story”

Schools: Identifying Strands of Discrimination Through Anecdotes

When asked to write or say something about schools, most people would certainly seek the comforting refuge offered by the warm, albeit threadbare, clichés that cushion the topic, hiding the unsightly edges, lest it should be deemed hurtfully impolite. Singing paeans to such institutions of learning and reminiscing about those lost ‘golden days’ of mirthContinue reading “Schools: Identifying Strands of Discrimination Through Anecdotes”

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