Sandeep Pandey

Sandeep Pandey is a social and political activist in India working for the empowerment of marginalized communities. He has been to jail six times while participating in various movements. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and he has taught at three Indian Institutes of Technology. He writes regularly for newspapers and has published a book called, “Towards a Nuclear Free World.” He is currently associated with the Socialist Party in India.

COVID Has Forced Us to Rethink Education and Exams

Many people have been concerned with the disruption to children’s education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since early 2020, schools throughout the world have been shut during repeated national lockdowns. While some children are used to attending classes virtually, others struggle to even get online. Those from low-income families have been particularly affected as some kids have to... Continue Reading

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The Solution to India’s China Problem: A Free Tibet

India has had a wound around its Himalayan neck ever since it suffered a humiliating defeat to China in 1962. The recent clash between Indian and China soldiers in Galwan Valley on June 15 has only rubbed salt into that wound. It has come to this because when China invaded neighboring Tibet in 1950, India was in thrall to the newly-established communist regime under Mao Zedong after a bloody... Continue Reading

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If the Pandemic Is a “War,” Then India Needs to Spend More

Many world leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have drawn parallels between war and the coronavirus pandemic. So, should the frontline workers leading the response be called “warriors”? Health care workers, farmers, grocery store clerks, police officers, journalists and others who are toiling hard in this time of crisis deserve our utmost respect. Our enemy, a... Continue Reading

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The Indian Government Is Failing Its People

In India, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government has a tendency for doing things like a “surgical strike.” In 2016, at just a few hours’ notice, Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed the 500 ($6.50) and 1,000 rupee notes from circulation. The move, known as demonetization, sent shockwaves throughout India and hit everyday citizens hard, particularly those who make their money in the... Continue Reading

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The Legality of Jammu and Kashmir’s Special Status

In India, the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party has abrogated the special status for Jammu and Kashmir through a presidential order. Though the decision has been hailed nationwide as a step toward full integration of the state with the rest of India, it has been challenged in the Supreme Court for alleged violations of the constitution and other legal principles. Why Article 370 Was... Continue Reading

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Denying Children Education is Simply Wrong

To deny admission to underprivileged Indian children on “technical grounds” is against the spirit of the Right to Education Act. In India, Jagdish Gandhi, the founder and manager of City Montessori School in Lucknow, recently published full-page advertisements in local editions of all national dailies. In these ads, he claimed that even though he would like to admit children under section... Continue Reading

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India and the Right to Education

Indian children from disadvantaged backgrounds are still discriminated against when it comes to education. In India, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE Act) came into being in 2009 and became effective from April 2010. However, the government’s attitude toward its implementation is at best lackadaisical. It is the duty of governments and local authorities to... Continue Reading

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The Repressive Measures of the BJP Government

It appears the BJP government in India has taken a decision to crush all opponents. In India, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ideological parent, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, do not have much faith in democracy. For this reason, they try to suppress every voice against them. Dialogue with the opposition, which is a common way of resolving disputes, is not something they usually resort... Continue Reading

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Solving the Kashmir Crisis

Can the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor lead to a solution of the Kashmir crisis? After entering office, a good part of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s energy during his whirlwind international tours was spent trying to convince world leaders that Pakistan was a terrorist state in order to isolate it. So, when China held the One Belt One Road (OBOR) summit on May 14, which had leading... Continue Reading

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Narendra Modi Folds for UP Elections

Have Narendra Modi and the BJP learned anything from the result in Bihar? In India, there were indications of mass support for the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which is led by strong Dalit leader Mayawati, in the early round of polling for the Uttar Pradesh (UP) assembly elections. So, it is strange that major newspapers have predicted a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. The results are... Continue Reading

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