Given a chance, Zia Bhatt, a Kashmiri researcher at a Rajasthan university, wanted to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi how students in his state can do better in exams and handle stress in the face of police encounters and internet shutdowns.
Utkarsh Shrotiya, a college student from Indore, had wanted to ask why seats are reserved for backward communities in higher education. The minimum scores required for admission are lower for reserved seats.
As it turns out, neither of them had the opportunity to put their questions to Modi at this second Pariksha Pe Charcha, or discussion examinations, held in New Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium on Tuesday.
Although the event had been billed as a “town hall on subjects related to examinations”,…