September 7, 2003
WITH the government
washing its hands off education slowly but surely, market forces are in
the process of taking over. This has seriously endangered quality
Nanki Hans after a tour
of towns of Punjab to discover how commerce has impacted education.
is a mission. It’s a noble profession, a service to society.
Right? Wrong. In this era of consumerism where success is measured
in terms of material possessions alone, education has been reduced
to a business venture with the market forces calling the shots and
teachers, parents, students and politicians alike succumbing to
these. The situation is
alarming, if not beyond redemption. Teachers no longer teach in
classrooms. They prefer to do that at private tuitions. Some have
opened coaching academies and the more enterprising among them run
Artist as painter of
Veer Munshi in his artistic
take-off on the zodiac signs makes and breaks icons and popular beliefs,
writes Nirupama Dutt
is common between Lord Shiva, Shakespeare, Satyajit Ray and Sachin
Tendulkar? A funny question indeed. Ask Veer Munshi, our Chitranjan Park
neighbourhood painter in New Delhi, and he will run his hand over his
receding hairline and say in all wisdom: "They are Taurians pushing
and bold; As it has been told." Munshi’s recent body of work
finds him unravelling the world of the zodiac signs with painterly
aplomb and, in the process, painting images that please the eye and
stimulate the mind.
Ganapati ushers in
with all things good, Lord Ganesh signals the beginning of India’s
festival calendar. His birthday, which fell on August 31, set in motion
the season of festivals, that includes Dasehra and Divali and extends to
Christmas and New Year’s four months later.