The Independent Student Newspaper of Ashoka University

Vice-Chancellor Evades Questions In Townhall, Founders Not To Be Seen

By Edict News Staff In the wake of Professor Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s resignation from the university, which came out as an Indian Express article on 17th March 2020, there ensued discussions about whether this decision was purely voluntary or was because of his being a critic of the ruling establishment. Following Prof. Mehta’s resignation, Dr.… Keep Reading

Pratap Bhanu Mehta Resigns, Paving The Way For A New Plot

By Edict News Staff A source, who wishes to remain anonymous, told The Edict that the resignation of Professor Pratap Bhanu Mehta was endorsed by the Founders of the University. This endorsement, according to a senior faculty member with whom our source spoke, was motivated by an understanding that if Prof. Mehta resigned, the University’s… Keep Reading

Has It Really Been One Year Of Lockdown?

By Smriti Nambudiri, UG22 As the Spring Semester marched on, I, like all other Ashokans, made myself another cup of coffee to accompany me while I scrolled through Google Classroom and Canvas. It was in one of these many, many, moments, that my mind drifted and the realization hit me: It’s been a year since… Keep Reading

Bhasha Mash: The Month of Languages at Ashoka

By Anjana Ashok, UG 22 In 1947, Urdu was declared the official language of the entire Pakistan, despite a majority of the population of East Pakistan speaking Bangla. This grew the roots for a huge protest on February 21st, 1952 which shook grounds and changed perspectives: The Bengali Language Movement. Unified by the love for… Keep Reading

Beyond The Canvas

By Deeksha Puri, Undergraduate Batch of 2023 Trigger Warning: Mention of Toxic Masculinity, Abuse and Suicide The canvas wielder’s vanity creates a shadow that swallows the subject of its inspiration. She stays static on the canvas and nameless in reality. Her pain is a payment for artistic immortality, but only for the man who commits… Keep Reading

Escaping The Noise: A Beginner’s Guide To Podcasts

By Malvika Gera, Undergraduate Batch of 2023 In an increasingly developing world, there is an urgency to multitask and catch up on daily events without compromising your time. It often hampers the ability to kick your shoes off and sit back. But there exists a simple solution, podcasting, which allows you to do both. Apart… Keep Reading

The Hurdled Road to Campus: An Investigation into the Process of Returning

– By Deep Vakil (ASP21), Riddhi Verma (UG22), and Soumil Agarwal (UG23) Trigger warning: mentions of sexual/physical abuse When Vice-Chancellor Malabika Sarkar sent an email on 15th December 2020 informing students about the university’s plans to bring certain sections of the student body back on campus, it was the first announcement about returning to campus… Keep Reading

Visual Art(s) at Ashoka

By Saadia Peerzada, Undergraduate Batch of 2022 From posters announcing events to the caperture wall in AC 02 to protest art on campus and outside, visual art is a medium of expression that pervades life at Ashoka. We talked to students across the board about ways in which visual art interacts with and affects the… Keep Reading

Shooting for the Stars: An Overview of Shireen Limaye’s Journey

Chinmay Menon, Undergraduate Batch of 2023 2017. The finals of the FIBA Asian Division B Championship drew closer to its end as the Indian home crowd grew more and more tense. There were 23 seconds left for the game to end, when the Kazakhstan team managed to score a lay-up off a well-run inbound play… Keep Reading

The Solution To Ashokan Apathy Is Already Here

– By Arundhati Srinath (UG21) During the first-ever Accountability Debate, former member of the 4th House of Representatives, Akshay Ramkumar, claimed that the primary reason he had resigned from the House was how apathetic the student body was to issues that concerned them and to the work that the Student Government did. And if you… Keep Reading