India, Feb. 12 -- Good morning, how are you?" principal Tej Pal Singh asked a student. "I am fine sir. What about you?" They stopped to chat for a few minutes. It's not something you see on the hierarchy-conscious campuses of our educational institutions, where it's more likely a student will walk hurriedly by the principal, muttering good morning, her eyes fixed on the floor ahead of her. But at the Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya (RPVV) in Dwarka's Sector 10, students are encouraged to speak up, both in the classroom and outside. As the Aam Aadmi Party fights for a second term in the Delhi election, it's worth revisiting the party's impact on education through the story of this government school.

I witnessed this exchange in end-2018 wh...