Teachers in New Delhi have been demonstrating to demand that the government fulfils its obligation to provide education for all children, regardless of income, caste, class or religion, in line with the Right to Education act. Teachers' leaders point out that politicians all send their children to private schools, making a mockery of their claims that the RTE act is being carried out. The organisers of the protest, the Utar Pradesh Basic Teachers Association should be as 'accessible and essential as air' and not just 'another law printed in the constitution.'

Meanwhile teachers in the province of Tamil Nadu have been prevented from going on strike by the courts. The teachers are demanding the restoration of their pensions and that a salary increase due to them be paid. The state contends that they can use 'other means' to achieve their demands, while at the same time  that it has no intention of acceding to them. It also says that teachers are 'adequately paid.' This is ironic given that even teachers on full time contracts are paid little above poverty wages and the thousands of them on precarious contracts are paid many times worse.

The court case continues and it remains to be seen whether the teachers will go ahead with their strike in the coming weeks. As in so many parts of the world, Indian teachers and their allies remain the most committed fighters for public education for all.