The ongoing fiasco surrounding some of the hottest Indian #EdTechStartups has shown that Indian parents need to change the way they think about their kids' future.

The only way companies can get away with charging lakhs for rudimentary classes is because #parents are willing to pay that. And it is understandable to some extent. Both parents nowadays hold jobs. They can't spend much time with their kids.
To assuage their guilt, they throw their hard-earned money at these startups, thinking "We are spending as much as possible on our kids. We're good parents!"


Not only are you financially harming your family, but you are also likely ruining learning for the kids.
As a lifelong learner, I have used many great resources on the web, the foremost being #KhanAcademy. The founder #SalKhan birthed the modern online learning era. The platform is amazing. And free. Sal is one of the greatest educators alive and has been praised by #BillGates.
#KhanAcademy helps instill a love for learning at an early age and covers material right from Standard 1 to college.

And it is not the only amazing thing out there.
#1: @CommonLit ( For Literature. Parents, students, teachers can create free accounts and read detailed analysis of some of the greatest literary works. Allows students to develop critical thinking. Content organized by grades, incl. graded assessments.
#2: @Youtube: There are hundreds of channels creating engaging content that combines having fun and learning. Anything one wants to learn - history, politics, maths, physics, philosophy, spirituality. (See:…)
#3: @duolingo ( The best way to learn a new language. Kids have a better ability to learn a new language. Just 15 mins a day on Duolingo should suffice.
#4: @codeorg ( and @freeCodeCamp ( for programming. Free alternatives to what is there in the Indian market 😉. And vastly superior product.
#5: The Kids Should See This ( A lovely website that curates interesting videos that help address kids' curiosity and at the same time ensure that it is propagated.
#6: @TED_ED ( Filter videos and video series on various topics by age groups.
#7: @Google Art Project ( For more casual learning
#8: @NGKids ( Explore countries, natural places, animals, etc. Learn Science experiments and explore space. All through the wonderful visuals captured by @NatGeo.
And dozens more. Do a bit of research. And stop throwing money on ponzi schemes and false promises.

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With #Article370 being abolished, a quick thread on the man who started it all - Syama Prasad Mukherjee - and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's dubious involvement in his "death".
Syama Prasad Mukherjee (stylized Mookerjee in many places) was one of the first leaders of the precursors to the RSS and BJP — Hindu Mahasabha and Jan Sangh. Although he was part of the first Nehru cabinet , the two did not really see eye-to-eye on many matters.
Foremost of them being the application of Section 370 on Kashmir. In the initial years of Independence, Kashmir, apart from having their own separate flag and constitution, also had a separate Prime Minister, the “Sadr-e-riyasat”.
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