Do we find it hard to enter into an authentic dialogue with someone? Has a pleasant conversation with someone become an impossibility for us? If yes, why? Read carefully you may find an answer. Dialogue now has emerged as the overarching medium of understanding, and indeed of human existence.[i] Having witnessed the short demonstration presented…

I want to study and I will

  It was when I was in Mintong, Arunachal Pradesh that I happened to meet Mongdap Wangpan, a Wancho girl of about eight years. She amazed me with her strong will to learn. She was in the class, with her baby brother tied close to her back as most tribal women do in those areas. She…

Should beef be banned? From the Myth of Holy Cow

Most Hindus today are guided by a religious concern for cow protection. Therefore an average Indian, rooted in what appears to him as his traditional Hindu religious heritage, carries the load of the misconception that his ancestors, especially the Vedic Aryans, attached great importance to the cow on account of its inherent sacredness. The ‘sacred’ cow has come to be considered a symbol of community identity of the Hindus whose cultural tradition is often imagined as threatened by Muslims, who are thought of as beef eaters. The sanctity of the cow has, therefore, been announced with the flourish of trumpets and has been wrongly traced back to the Vedas, which are supposedly of divine origin and the fountainhead of all knowledge and wisdom. In other words, some sections of Indian society trace the concept of sacred cow to the very period when it was sacrificed and its flesh was eaten.

From Banking System of Education to Problem solving Education

Education is the best defined as the nurture of personal growth. Over the years the pedagogy of education has been undergoing a revolutionary transformation. Paul Freire, a Brazil born educator captured the imagination of many with the concept of ‘problem posing education.’ Freire distinguished the conventional method of education which he called ‘banking system of education’ from problem posing education. This article draws a line between the two systems by showing the characteristic features that mark both the systems. In banking system education is seen as transmission of a body of knowledge from teacher to the students. It is a teacher-centered education in which the teacher is a depositor of knowledge into students who are passive receivers. Problem posing education, on the other hand, highlights the shared roles of both teachers as well as students.

Sweeping Principal

Don’t think that I am going to speak about a principal who sweeps the ground. I wish to introduce Fr Sabu the principal of Bosco B.Ed. College Dimapur who is fond of sweeping not ground but ranks. This year he brought the college to its heights with a magnificent result that comprised of all the…