Kathan Shukla

Kathan Shukla is a PhD student in Educational Research at the University of Virginia. He pursued his MEd at the University of Houston, and his MSc (Physics) at Sardar Patel University, India. He taught Physics for two years at high school level. In addition to education, Shukla analyzes on gamut of issues — from politics and international relations to popular culture and social cohesion.
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Modi's Rise: Thanks to the Anti-Modi Propaganda

A decade-long anti-Modi campaign from India's political left has fueled the new prime minister's rise. The Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) achieved a thumping victory over India's Congress party, led by the Nehru-Gandhi family. Election results indicate that most Indians see Modi as a symbol of hope — a decisive leader and an efficient administrator. In his acceptance... Continue Reading

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India Election 2014: A Bird's Eye View

With the rise of Modi and the anti-corruption movement, the political winds are shifting in India. The political arena is heating up in India as the next general election draws near. The performance of the current ruling coalition government, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), has been far below expectations. There is widespread disappointment with the Congress Party as... Continue Reading

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An Indian Conundrum: The Copy-Paste Culture

There is a culture of not recognizing intellectual property as someone’s property, in India. The big fish with power and money may influence the people at large, and the real creative intellectual may never receive due credit. In recent times, there has been a lot of empty rhetoric of “moving towards knowledge economy” in policy circles. The bureaucrats, top-ranking... Continue Reading

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India’s 21st Century Challenge: Scientific Education

Economists agree that a country with a knowledge-based economy will take global leadership in the future. However, will India participate in the global competition and be a serious contender? The Indian economy, amid a global slowdown, is likely to grow by about 6% in 2013-14. However, if India wants to become a developed nation, it has to pursue scientific research. Take the iPod for... Continue Reading

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India’s Education: Seeing the Big Picture

Independence to India, amongst other things, gave a boost to the education system in terms of the number of institutes that came up. But the concern over the quality of education catered in these institutions still troubles the policy makers. Nelson Mandela’s words describing the power of education as a weapon that can change the world finds truth in any society. In India, education system... Continue Reading

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Incumbent Modi May Retain Power, Thanks To His Opponents

Gujarat’s Chief Minister has his flaws but given that his achievements are a much better alternative than a deluded opposition out of touch with realities on the ground, voters are likely to elect him again. In the past, elections in India’s western state of Gujarat were in the headlines in national media for barely a couple of days and had little relevance to India’s national... Continue Reading

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Mending Fences with Pakistan: An Indian Perspective

Going to war with Pakistan rather than resolving issues diplomatically will hurt rather than benefit India. Those with an aggressive view on India’s relations with Pakistan emphasise that the Indian army is much larger than Pakistan’s, and technically more sound in all three wings of the armed forces. Their views can be summed up as follows: “Indians know the exact... Continue Reading

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Indian Politics: Understanding the Present Dysfunction

An explanation of how India’s major political parties have shaped the politics of the country. The present political setup in India is dysfunctional. Following is a historical explanation of how India arrived at the present situation. In the pre-independence era before 1947, the Indian National Congress was the biggest nationwide political party. It thrived on propagating a... Continue Reading

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