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... As a woman who has lived in Delhi for most of her life, and who has never owned or driven a car, the Delhi Metro was a life changing experience. For the first time it was possible to travel across the length and breadth of the city without having to worry about availability of auto-rickshaws or buses, to have a women’s compartment where one didn’t have to experience the indignity of the ogling and groping of DTC buses, to know that one could reach one’s destination in a time bound manner. The Delhi Metro has become the lifeline of the city and lakhs of people depend upon it to reach their places of work and study. I’m sure that many of my fellow citizens of Delhi share my belief and experience of how the Metro changed their lives. Unfortunately, those who are making decisions about the Metro fares, themselves travel in air-conditioned, chauffeur-driven cars. ...Indian Express on Oct. 9, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
...While visiting a government school last year, I met a 65-year-old man, who had come to pick up his granddaughter.On asking him about the condition of the school, he expressed his unhappiness and said, “School to bahut bure haal mein hai.Kamre kam hain, teacher kam hain, jo teacher hain bhi woh padhate nahin hain.Pehle itna kharab nahin tha.” (The school is in bad shape.There are too few classrooms and teachers.The ones that are present don’t teach.It wasn’t this bad earlier.)When I asked him why this decline happened, he said bitterly, “Madam, saare netaon ne private school khol rakhe hain.Agar sarkari school theek honge, to unka dhanda kaise chalega?” (The politicians run private schools.If the government schools function well, how will their business flourish?)While uttered in frustration, the words of this old man capture a deep reality of the state of our public education system: In the last two decades it has been left to decay by a political class, that at its best, doesn’t care and its worst, has deliberately let it decline due to their vested interests in private schools. ...Indian Express on Sept. 2, 2016, 12:02 a.m.