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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Bihar's new aspiration

Not long ago, I'd blogged about Ashok Malik's piece in the Indian Express where he'd written that Bihar was waiting for "its new big idea". Well, his editor, Shekhar Gupta, writes today that Bihar has found it. He writes:
If there is one thing the Biharis yearn for, it is education. Wherever you go, the only industry that is mushrooming is private education. Private coaching centres merely complement government-run schools which are the only ones authorised to hold annual exams. So you enroll in a government school where teachers never come, classes are never held, but go and study in a private school where often the same government teachers moonlight. You see these "schools" wherever you look, including in the outhouses of temples.


So to the old Bijli-Sadak-Pani metaphor, Bihar is adding one more now, Padhai.

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