Children’s Day | Excerpts from the Literature of Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, the brilliant Indian Nobel laureate in literature, wrote thoughtful and enchanting lines about children. On Children’s Day, let us enjoy and reflect on this lovely excerpt from “Kabuliwallah:  The Fruit-Seller from Kabul.” “She embarked on the full tide of another subject, “What do you think, Father?  Bhola says there is an elephant in the clouds, blowing water out of his trunk, and that is why it rains!” Children are filled with a sense of awe at the world around them.  They have a great spirit of inquiry.  Their questions and talk can bring a smile to one’s lips.  Children should be given the freedom to express their thoughts in an uninhibited manner.  This will help them become good thinkers. Here are thoughtful excerpts from Rabindranath Tagore’s magnum opus Gitanjali on children. “On the seashore of the endless worlds, … Continue reading

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Joyful Children’s Day Wishes | Poem-Child Smiles by Nikhil Parekh

Wishing our dear readers “A Joyful Children’s Day!”  Parents, friends and loved ones feel joyful when they see children smiling. The following is an enchanting and thoughtful poem on children and smiling by Nikhil Parekh, a contemporary Indian poet.  He is the first Indian poet to become a Goodwill Ambassador for the Goodwill Treaty for World Peace.  He has also won numerous other accolades. Poem-Child Smiles by Nikhil Parekh The first six lines of the poem express the importance of freedom and genuine love, for a child to live a full and joyful life.   Read and reflect on the opening lines of the poem. “Only in a world of freedom, Can a child unfold and bloom. Only with the sun piercing right through the dark hut, Can a child see the wonderful sights of this world, Only in an ocean … Continue reading

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Prohibition of Physical and Mental Harassment of Children-RTE Act

Physical and mental harassment of children in schools is prohibited as per Right to Education Act of India. This means that corporal “punishment” is not allowed. However, the reality is that corporal “punishment” continues in some schools. This was also quite prominent in many developed nations in the past. Due to aware and sensitive parent and citizen lobbying, corporal punishment in schools in “developed” nations is very rare. Also, there is a move to make learning more joyful, child-centric and principle-centered. Teachers under examination and marks-oriented education system with large class sizes are under great pressure. They may also be under great pressure by the management and authorities to complete massive portions and deliver good results with deadlines. Some of them resorted to corporal “punishment” in the name of disciplining children. Other teachers have been downright cruel with narrow mindsets. … Continue reading

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Importance of Telling Children about Good Touch and Bad Touch

Childhood is generally an innocent and sweet phase in one’s life.   However, due to certain perverted societal mindsets, this sweet phase can be disturbed.  Children need to be told about good and bad touch by parents and educators.  The following are a few points to keep in mind while telling children about good and bad touch. Telling Children about Good Touch and Bad Touch:  Parents expressing their heartfelt love for their child in the form of a hug is a good touch.   Children should also be told about bad touch:  Other than parents and trustworthy people like good doctors, nobody else is allowed to touch their lips, chests or bottoms.  Parents can tell their children that nobody else is allowed to touch them unless they approve of it.  This is because innocent and even “smart” children can be lured or … Continue reading

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Over-Commercialization of Education in India | A Troubling Scenario

The Right to Education Act 2010 was passed keeping in mind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations.   The RTE reiterates the basic human right of free and quality education to all children in a neighborhood school. Free and good-quality education in neighborhood schools is one of the reasons for progress in many developed nations like US, UK, Sweden and Japan. In India, Kerala has had the highest literacy rate because of good quality government-run neighborhood schools. The disturbing trend of over-commercialization of education in India is one of the reasons that the all-India literacy rate stands at just 74.04% (2011). It is one of the reasons that poverty, exploitation, environmental challenges and a series of other socioeconomic problems continue to be prevalent in India. The following is a brief discussion of the topic “Over-Commercialization of Education … Continue reading

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CV Raman (Born November 7, 1888)-Nobel Prize Winner | Raman Effect

CV Raman was born on November 7, 1888, in Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu in South India.  CV Raman was the first Indian national to be awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics.  He was the second Indian national after Rabindranath Tagore to be awarded the Nobel Prize.  CV Raman was also awarded the Bharat Ratna which is the highest civilian award of India. CV Raman’s father was well educated and was a college lecturer in Physics and Mathematics.  CV Raman was thereby exposed to many international scientific volumes.  He had a strong spirit of inquiry.   In 1907, he married Lokasundari Ammal.  They had two sons.  CV Raman did not believe in any religion or in any God and had a strong scientific temperament. CV Raman began his career with a government job in the Indian Association of Cultivation Sciences (IACS) in Kolkata.  … Continue reading

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