Because I feel children deserve better than what our once prestigious institutions are now churning out. You should read some of the errors pointed out by the Indian History Congress in the new NCERT textbooks. I don’t think any child should be subjected to them. I did ask them for permission to reprint the old textbooks which they denied. I had no problems with the old books but the new ones are simply unacceptable.
What makes you think that the SCERT can do the job?
We have some of the best minds in the country finding creative ways of explaining academic concepts to little kids. We have the poorest children coming to our schools. I think they deserve the best. We have involved good minds not only from universities but also institutes like the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. There are no ideologies here, no politics. Only good solid work for the sake of the children.
Do you think the books are going to come out in time?
By March 2004, our schools will have the new...