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I saw the preview screening at TiE on Friday. As an immigrant and father of a 5 yrs old, I go through the same worry every day. Having said that, have you looked at difference in education syllabus and complexity of test papers in different states in India. I grew up in a small town in the state of Uttar Pradesh and then moved to bigger town in the sate of Madhya Pradesh. Both are in north part of India. Uttar Pradesh education syllabus was at least 2 years ahead of Madhya Pradesh. In addition, the test papers were a lot more complex and creativity was required. However, quality of teaches and schools in Uttar Pradesh was much poorer then in Madhya Pradesh. In addition there is a large north-south divide in terms of education culture. Just to put things in context, out of 1.2B people in india 310M live in states of Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and Bihar. I know the schools in these states are marginal. Add to this rural north and east India population (states West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Assam) with non-existing educational infrastructure significant part of India has marginal education. In addition, even in larger cities there are so many street children attending sub-quality schools. I don't disagree with your overall message with respect to academic sub-standards, but just wanted to point out the issues within education in India itself. Your movie may give some Indian politicians chance to congratulate themselves which will be so unfair to population in India as a whole.