Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Apr 2018 11:36:47











THE crash of a helicopter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) near the Kedarnath shrine brings to fore several enigmatic questions: Why are the flying machines of the forces so much prone to mishaps? Are the aircraft and the helicopters flawed? Are their engines and machines faulty and not airworthy? Are the men flying them inadequately trained or inexperienced? Is there a problem with their maintenance? These and many such questions often crop up in the minds of the common man whenever a forces’ aircraft is involved in a mishap. This is not to question the competence of the men manning and maintaining these prized possessions of the Armed forces. But frequent mishaps causing loss of very costly machines and priceless lives of those flying them do raise concern. These accidents have become too frequent to raise these queries. On the other hand, the civil aviation record, at least in Indian context, is nearly blemishless with not a single instance of domestic flights getting involved in an accident, earning the trust of lakhs of passengers daily. This anomaly begs an answer.


NOTED scientist Dr. Anil Kakodkar has insisted that efforts be made to bridge the gap between urban and rural education so that kids from the villages, too, would be able to apply their skills to the surroundings and derive certain benefit of education. He has talked of reducing reliance on foreign education and tools of learning and a resort to indigenous tools and methods so that the rural kids get education suitable to their socio-economic surroundings. In the light of the need highlighted by Dr. Kakodkar, it may not be out of tune to suggest a re-look at the Nai Taleem idea of rural education,promoted so capably by Mahatma Gandhi. His idea was simple: Let education be rooted in the soil and its culture and history. This is what dr. Kakodkar, too, has suggested in different words. It is time the nation gave a serious attention to this issue so that the spread of education in urban and rural parts of the country becomes even and judicious. This is a major area of educational thought that needs a very serious consideration. A level playing field is vital.