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Not Such a Bizarre Cause

Education and Secularism I WELCOME Iqbal khan's comments on my article on secularism and pedagogy (EPW, February 3). I especially appreciate his point about 'confrontation with problems' as a pedagogical technique. Such an approach would be perfectly compatible with, and indeed a logical extension of, the kind of pedagogy I associate with secularism. But I cannot grasp why Khan finds my commentary on the charkha and the microscope 'pretentious', or why he thinks thai I have 'great contempt' for the Lerm 'culture', or how I oppose knowledge to power in the last sentence of my article. These, however, are minor puzzles compared to my curiosit, on reading Khan's comment, to know why anyone should miss the focus of my article. Was it not obvious that I was talking about education in the context of its historical development in India? Also, my main aim was to show the emptiness of the state's avowed goal of using education as an instrument of secularisation.

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