As the murmurs in the class increase in volume, one girl asks the teacher whether English is spelt with an ‘E’ or an ‘I’. The students of class 10 at Hope Foundation school are preparing for their Matriculation exam.
The iron grill door of the school, thus, mostly remains closed, some little heads peep through the grill when the street cricketers yell “six” or when crackers burst in the nearby street.
Sharma lives in a corner of Mambakkam apparently segregated for migrant labourers. He lives with 20 others like him in a rented house. “The locals don’t like us especially since the mass firings began. They don’t like the fact that we are employed while they aren’t.”
“Today, there are barely any people in the state who can write a decent scientific article in Tamil,” lamented Dr Ramanujan. “This is why we started Jantar Mantar. It’s an effort to make science friendlier to children. So that they know that there’s more to the subject than just medicine and engineering.”
Tamil Nadu tackling the death of a 3-year-old, desecration of Thiruvallur’s statue, arguments against the Contract Farming bill and Shashikala’s Benami issue.