When the Right to Education extends to every child of the country, why isn’t India’s public education system as good as its private counterpart? On this episode of Firstpost Salon, we speak to Seema Bansal, an Education Innovator, who has worked with four state governments to understand the flaws in these systems and has actively worked to find creative solutions for them.
With growing tensions between India and China, are we heading towards a period of anarchy and stress? We speak with author and geopolitical futurist Parag Khanna, who explains that might not necessarily be the case, since these conflicts are also matched by the increase in trade between the two countries. He further talks about the threat, or the lack thereof, from nuclear-armed countries and how Asia's youth will impact the global trade and economy.
While aiming to produce Shanghai's and Hong Kong's out of our Indian cities, have we forgotten that it is the people who ought to be at the heart of urban development? Architect Sameep Padora, who believes that politics and architecture are not always mutually exclusive, speaks to us about the importance of strengthening local systems in the cities, and why architects must not be pushed to the periphery when bureaucrats talk about urban development.
'Swachh Bharat' has been one of the primary campaigns of the current Indian government, focusing on the need to clean India of its waste. But does this campaign really understand the nuances of Indian waste management? We speak to Binish Desai, a social entrepreneur and innovator in industrial waste recycling and management, who tells us why India needs innovative methods to tackle its waste problem and how the government can help our young entrepreneurs work towards innovative businesses.
As India heads into a packed election season, it is critical to examine the ideas that are defining the country’s polity and policy direction. Our new series #FirstpostSalon, featuring conversations with some of the sharpest thinkers, innovators and policy wonks, will get to the heart of the most pressing issues that concern India and Indians. Launches Monday, 10 December.