“saffronisation” of education

An article in this morning’s paper struck me

What in the blue blazes is “saffronisation” of education? There is nothing in that article to indicate what it is that the students are actually protesting. They do this all the time in papers here. An article will quote a public official three different ways making an oblique reference to something. That will be the entire meat of the article. If you don’t happen to know what issue that public official is making a vague reference to, you won’t get anything out of it.

I often read papers from many countries. It helps to understand what people in those places think if world affairs. After all, no matter how much pride we take in being critical thinkers; what our papers say does frame the range of thought. But I have to say that Indian papers can be so unbelievably high context that they are almost information free at times. I once read an article that quoted a Pakistani official (about terrorism? Kashmir? The Mumbai attacks?). The whole article could be summed up as:

So and so said something about something

So what exactly does “saffronisation” of education mean?

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5 responses to ““saffronisation” of education

  1. “Saffronisation of India” Any educated Indian would be able to tell you what that means, simply because Saffron is associated with conservative hindu factions (eg. the Shiv Sena in Mumbai) (saffron if you must have noticed is the color used most by sadhus and sanyasis). Another Hindu party in Mumbai (The MNS) went on a rampage and attacked offices of the University of Mumbai, because they wanted to protest against the courses taught.

    I read your blog sometimes since I am curious to know what foreigners make of india.

  2. “saffronisation” of education, basically means attempts by BJP (rulling part in karnataka) attempts to interrupt history in there own ways by using education boards and change history books in schools.

  3. Adding on the context referred to in the above comments- BJP, MNS are right wing parties who want to establish a hindurashtra ( a hindu country). Like all right wing parties across the world, they believe in imposing their ideology on others

  4. Wow Dave, so many young readers visit your blog. Thats really good.
    I’m so glad that Sammy is doing better. It all sounded a lil bit scary at first…all that fluid in the hip stuff…Anyway, how r u managing to keep him off his feet for 2 weeks?

  5. >I’m so glad that Sammy is doing better. It all sounded a lil bit scary at first…all that fluid in the hip stuff…Anyway, how r u managing to keep him off his feet for 2 weeks?

    He is a beginning level reader, so he could read a little and you’d be amazed at how much Tom and Jerry a 5 year old can watch. Normally TV is highly restricted in this house, but the kids get to watch as much as they want when they are sick. Anyway, he is finally back to school and feeling better.

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