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Ajay Maken

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    ...Something similar is underway in Delhi where chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who tellingly flirted with the “Modi for PM, Arvind for CM” pitch, is publicising the “Delhi model” to expand his Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) reach outside Delhi. The “Delhi model” showcases AAP as advancing hitherto unrepresented public interest, chiefly through its government’s high profile initiatives in health and education. Over the last year, the Congress party has done extensive groundwork to understand changes in both health and education. Mohalla clinics are AAP’s flagship health programme and trained Congress volunteers surveyed each of the 105 mohalla clinics opened by Delhi government. The survey revealed that the “mohalla clinics” are less about public health and more about promoting AAP and its associates. There are no forward linkages to dispensaries or hospitals for patients who cannot be attended to at mohalla clinics. ...

    TOI on March 11, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...The basis of this perception is unclear.Is it the multiple full-page advertisements by the Delhi government publicising routine events like parent-teacher meetings or the glowing news reports on summer camps, held in a fraction of Delhi government schools, with mixed success?The changes in education in Delhi can be roughly categorised into four areas: Infrastructure; administrative reforms; curriculum; and teachers.Building new schools and classrooms is a good thing and the AAP deserves credit for whatever has been done in this area.However, the other three areas are fraught with arbitrary heavy-handedness.Take, for instance, the much publicised “reform”, Chunauti 2016, in which students are segregated into groups based on their “basic learning skill”. ...

    Indian Express on Aug. 22, 2016, 12:21 a.m.