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.

The Legality of Jammu and Kashmir’s Special Status

Aug 20, 2019

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...

Denying Children Education is Simply Wrong

Aug 26, 2017

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...

India and the Right to Education

Jul 23, 2017

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....

The Repressive Measures of the BJP Government

Jul 14, 2017

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...

Solving the Kashmir Crisis

May 25, 2017

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,...

Narendra Modi Folds for UP Elections

Mar 10, 2017

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...