Hindi Medium

  • In the Government school, students are shown to be super engaged and being brilliant in their own way. While every child is brilliant in his/her own way, they need grooming. Schools with no infra, no good teachers, no learning environment wouldn’t be able to nurture the level of creativity.
  • Shows how our dear media is really concerned about education, and actually talked about RTE Scandals. In reality, our media just care about a few toppers as a customary report. I haven’t seen any sensible reporting on education so far.
  • It suggested how donation didn’t work for Raj (Irfan). I seriously doubt this. Sadly, school admissions are driven a lot through personal connections and money. The struggle of someone rich as Raj, looked artificial to me at a lot of times. With money, you can buy far too many things today. Admission in an elite school, does appear to be one such thing.
  • Poverty was stereotyped like crazy. Shyam just casually mentions, a lot of poor people jump in front of a car to extort money. I don’t have any data, but I find it hard to imagine. We are callous people on roads, we would kill someone and not twitch our eyelids.
Still from the “Hindi Medium” movie
  • Highlighting the general apathy of the parents, who continue to sit meekly Irfan is giving his final speech. They simply never had any fucks to give, as most of us.
  • Learning slogans or anthems isn’t going to bring about any change. Real change is going to come when we are going to experience the same. Raj (Irfan) learnt “Sharing is caring” for the interviews, yet could only understand and act on it once he experienced it himself.
  • Shyam had some amazing dialogues (sadly, appears to be the only one with the right dialogues) describing poverty, and more importantly, his acceptance of it owing to lack of a solution.
  • Imagine you were the CEO of the country, and then think what would be the most important problem you would like to solve?
  • It is sad that education isn’t an election issue. People simply don’t care enough, why would politicians bother about it? Why would they work on fixing it? I dream of an election, fought on the agenda and performance of education.
  • Education in its current avatar, tests a student and penalise for what he/she doesn’t know. Seldom, it appreciates the student for what he/she knows. Employability on the other hand heavily relies on what you know well. What you don’t know, you can pick up along the way. In more than 300+ interviews that I have taken so far, I have never rejected someone because someone didn’t know a particular thing. I rather focus on trying to understand what someone is good at, and if I can make use of that in our organisation.
  • With the threat of automation and job loss, education and skilling can’t be more relevant than they are relevant today.
  • Kudos to Delhi Government, for making the education the primary focus area. We can build bridges and flyovers, but can we bridge the learning gaps and enable our students to fly over their poverty to live a life that they aspire to?

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