Andhra’s dark schools


By T S Sudhir

Andhra Pradesh has 46300 government schools. Only 7300 of them … which means 15 per cent … have power supply. Some 6000 have had their power supply disconnected for many months, some even years for non-payment of dues. The school where we shot at, in Hyderabad, close to the old Begumpet airport, lost its connection in 2008.

Which means some 33000 schools were constructed and opened without a care that a basic amenity like power supply is also essential for school students and teachers.

And when such schools register high drop out rates and low pass percentage, teachers are held responsible. The school in Rasoolpura in Hyderabad is located in a dingy shanty, with the path leading to it extremely difficult to negotiate in the monsoon. Mosquitoes have a heyday.

If corporal punishment is a crime, isn’t this a crime too?

Fortunately, the Right to Education Act has come as a saviour. Watch this story …

http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/these-schools-are-running-without-power-for-2-years/161072

(video of my story aired on NDTV 24×7)

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No getting away from Azad


By T S Sudhir

Questions, questions and more questions confront the AP police regarding Maoist Azad’s alleged fake encounter in Adilabad forests on the night of July 1. The cops put up a brave front even as the post mortem report drills holes in their version. Even in his death, Azad is proving to be a headache for the state police.

http://www.ndtv.com/news/videos/video_player.php?id=160874

(video of my story aired on NDTV 24×7)

Chiru’s 150th venture?


By T S Sudhir

I wrote about in a blog many months back and now it seems certain that Chiranjeevi will be once again seen on the big screen. If he does, that will be his 150th film. His fans would not mind one bit. But will it help the Megastar’s political career, is a big question. This even as he completes two years of being a politician this month.

http://www.ndtv.com/news/videos/video_player.php?id=160040

(video of my story aired on NDTV24x7)

Checkmate, Anand


By T S Sudhir

In the world of king, queens, rooks, pawns, bishops that Vishwanathan Anand lives in, this move by India’s bureaucracy was nothing but a foolish move. But Anand played it in his usual quiet, dignified manner, turning up to play the game of simultaneous chess against 35 Mathematicians at the Maths congress in Hyderabad, while anyone less gracious would have thrown a sulk and skipped the event.

http://www.ndtv.com/news/videos/video_player.php?id=159998

(video of my story aired on NDTV 24×7 on August 24, 2010)

Congress hand can’t stop Jagan


By T S Sudhir

Jagan’s defiance of the Congress high command makes most believe that September could ring in many changes in the Congress party and government in Andhra Pradesh. Also it needs to ensure that its house is in order to face the challenges post Dec 31 2010, when the Srikrishna committee will submit its report.

http://www.ndtv.com/news/videos/video_player.php?id=159592

(video of my story aired on Sunday Aug 22)