The Communist Party of India (CPI) has joined other progressive forces in that country including the Communist Party of India (Marxist), in denouncing the imposition of a new school curriculum by the right-wing government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Both communist parties point out that the government violated the law by imposing the new system without going through the process of parliamentary approval.
The CPI statement also denounces the failure to take the federal nature of India’s governing institutions into account, thereby creating an excessive level of centralization. The plan is also dangerous because it focuses everything on satisfying the capitalist market demand for labor. Privatization is encouraged, teaching jobs will not be permanent, and the promise of high-quality education for all citizens will be undermined. The CPI demands that the government back off this unilateral measure and subject its proposals to a proper parliamentary debate.