The essay itself is a template activist manifesto, celebrating such wild things as PN Bhagwati’s breathing life into Article 21, “landmark decisions such as ” Unnikrishnan, maybe even Mohini Jain. Standard trajectory but what really stunned me was that the article seems to build up to the following punchline.
Wait! That cant be right. If Arun Jaitley indeed cut MHRD allocation by 76% – he would have been hauled over coals by now. I decided to cross check the numbers and sure enough it shows up as plain wrong. I think the Think Tank as well as The Hindu just ran the article in their activist excitement without basic fact checking. Let me break it down.
Lets check the facts (PDF).
Holy ravioli ! Modi slashed education by 44,200 Crore. !!
Let just look at the other allocation document and we have the answer.
This is why you need to read the footnote.
So lets do the maths again.
Modi actually INCREASED MHRD allocation by 50,694 Cr – 44,220Cr = 6,494 Cr. The whole piece from the Think Tank now lies deflated.
Hope The Hindu issues a clarification and pulls the piece because everything else in the piece leads up to this incorrect factual claim.