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It’s nothing short of chicanery.
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Governments cannot be expected to provide ad hoc employment to millions of people until they retire, nor is such a policy beneficial for the larger economy and its productivity. What is a basic function of the Indian government, however, is providing the same people with the skills and education that they need to make themselves employable in the larger economy. India has fallen woefully short in this measure, and the spotlight being on MGNREGA hasn't helped at all.
I like that the government wants to get involved in the technology ecosystem in India. I just wish it felt less like FOMO and more like a long-term vision for real impact. We need people -- smart people, educated people, motivated people. If you really want to spend a bunch of money, let's build schools. Let's make them state of the art. Let's teach coding. Let's teach innovation and creativity.
Only eight students took the risk of speaking a foreign language in front of the entire group, six of them were female--a powerful moment demonstrating the fearlessness of the girl child's pursuit of education.