Some years ago, as a volunteer looking for “meaning” in his life, Aditya Natraj knew what he wanted to do when he saw a population equivalent to the entire population of Germany giving up the basic schooling in India. Around 80 million children were dropping out of schools. “It was ridiculous,” he says.
But education, he knew, was more of an opportunity than a privilege. Of eleven siblings, his paternal grandfather was among four who made it to the college. His own father was among 44 first cousins to attend college.