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Confused Rhetoric and Tall Promises: The Candidates’ Debate

by Raunaq Singh Bawa (UG’24) TW: Multiple mentions of sexual harassment (SH) On 2nd October, Friday, the AUEC organised a Candidates’ Debate for the upcoming by-elections. Moderated by Rithupar Pathy (ASP’22) and Chaitanyaa Nair (UG’23), the debate was attended by only five of the six candidates contesting*: Bhavye Jain, Jai Desai, Karan Lobana, Neha Sheik,… Keep Reading

Starzz: The future of Ashokan politics or a frivolous meme page?

By Anushree Pratap (UG‘23) Note: TW: SH | In February 2021, Cefil Joseph Soans resigned from the House of Representatives and Tarz following allegations of sexual harassment. The Edict is not aware of any institutional investigation into these allegations. Update: As of 27th September, Starzz informed The Edict that it does not plan on registering… Keep Reading

AUEC announces election timetable as more House members set to resign

by Aggam Walia (UG’22) TW: Sexual harassment The Ashoka University Election Commission announced on Saturday that the campaign period for the upcoming by-elections would commence on 13th September, Monday. Interested candidates will be able to file in their nomination on the same day until the 20th of September. By-elections for an unconfirmed number of HoR… Keep Reading

A Dive into the Ongoing Wave of Resignations

By Riddhi Verma Note: In this article, the culture around non-SH related resignations is being examined. Over the past months, campus politics has taken an unprecedented turn. For the first time we have seen such a large number of resignations within the student government (SG), with 4/5ths of the house resigning in a mere 4… Keep Reading

Unprecedented Resignations Continue, AUEC Calls for Immediate Elections

By Hanish Srinivasan (MLS ’22) As the student body wakes to more resignations in their inbox, the Interim Student Government’s strength and future hangs by a thread. The AUEC, in an email shared on 21st August, told the student body that it aims to hold “elections immediately” in order to “mitigate this unprecedented crisis”. While… Keep Reading

1 in 4 Ashokan Women Have Faced Sexual Harassment, Says SH Climate Report

By Hanish Srinivasan (MLS ’22) and Vedaansh Uberoi (UG ’23) The Report On Ashoka University Sexual Harassment Climate Survey, an undertaking of the CASH Policy Research team, hit the inboxes of all the students and alumni on 23rd July 2021. It enumerates data on the prevalence of SH at Ashoka, raising the question — how… Keep Reading

Referendums and Elections: Charting a Realistic Path

By Aggam Walia (UG’22) Since March last year, we have attended three online semesters, experienced the tragic consequences of the second wave, and dealt with the frustrating ordeals of confinement. Campus politics hasn’t been forgiving either– an online election, a boycott of classes, numerous resignations, yet another round of SH allegations and the dissolution of… Keep Reading

Constitution amended to include section on interim government

On 13th June, the House formally asked the AUEC to call for fresh elections as it unanimously voted to dissolve the 7th HoR. In order to facilitate Student Government activities until the next House is announced, it also amended the Constitution by adding new clauses. These clauses are based heavily on a proposal the AUEC shared which… Keep Reading

Revisiting March, 2021: Student reps on mobilising for academic freedom

By Dipanita Malik (UG22) The  unprecedented nature of Professor PB Mehta’s resignation in March startled many in the Ashoka community and beyond. Two days later, in a letter widely circulated on social media, Professor Arvind Subramanian too announced his resignation. In the letter, he referred to the circumstances surrounding Professor Mehta’s resignation and raised concerns… Keep Reading

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