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.

Modi's Rise: Thanks to the Anti-Modi Propaganda

May 21, 2014

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...

India Election 2014: A Bird's Eye View

February 26, 2014

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....

An Indian Conundrum: The Copy-Paste Culture

June 05, 2013

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.

India’s 21st Century Challenge: Scientific Education

June 01, 2013

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...

India’s Education: Seeing the Big Picture

April 19, 2013

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.

Incumbent Modi May Retain Power, Thanks To His Opponents

December 10, 2012

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...

Indian Politics: Understanding the Present Dysfunction

February 16, 2012

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...