The phenomena of Indian parents sending their children to private school, no matter whether they are rich or poor, isn’t just happening in big cities. It has spread to towns and villages, as well.
I recently visited the village of Badichurlay, about a three-hour drive from Indore, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The village has about 3,000 people and agriculture dominates the local economy. It is connected to the rest of the country by all-weather roads and is connected to the electricity grid. Badichurlay is neither rich, nor deprived.
The village, with just around 600 school-aged children, has three government schools and three private schools.