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Student Government in Ashoka: Origins and Early Antecedents

Part 2: Struggles and the Third House by Raunaq Bawa, UG’24 This is the concluding instalment on our two-part take on the origin of Ashoka University’s Student Government and House of Representatives. This was written in conversation with  Sanat Sogani (the second President of the AU House of Representatives) and KC Sachin (third President of… Keep Reading

The Accountability Debate: A Tale of Two Terms

TW: Mentions of sexual harassment and sexual assault The first event of the 2022 election cycle took place on 21st January as the current Student Government (including members who resigned before completing their term) came forth for the Accountability Debate. The Cabinet ministers as well as most of the members of the 7th House of… Keep Reading

Clashing Mandates and Tangled Bureaucracies: Work Divisions Within a Divided SG

by Riddhi Verma and Sankalp Dasmohapatra Note: As of 12th January 2021, Sankalp Dasmohapatra is no longer with The Edict. He is currently a part of the Ashoka Socialist Syndicate and is contesting in the upcoming HoR elections. Riddhi Verma has had no political involvement with any party or independent in the Student Government. With the… Keep Reading

The Modified Swiss-PR System: Does it work for Ashokan Politics?

by Ananya Gupta UG’22 and Agnidh Ghosh, UG’23  This article is the first in the Edict’s series: HoR Insights. The series takes a deep dive into discussing the House of Representatives of Ashoka University’s Student Government. Working its way forward from this article’s take on the Modified Swiss Proportional Representation system that the HoR elections… Keep Reading

ASS Proposes Reforms With Eyes on the Elections

by Divya Ravindranath The Ashokan Socialist Syndicate is currently the largest student political party contesting for the upcoming HoR elections, and manages to boast of a number of bold reforms and plans. In an open meeting held on 14th January 2021, the party presented their manifesto by first explaining the problems that they find the… Keep Reading

Interim House Sidesteps Electoral Reform, FAC, and NOTA Committee

By Vishnu Prakash and Sankalp Dasmohapatra Note: As of 12th January, Sankalp is no longer with The Edict. He is running for the upcoming elections as a candidate with Ashokan Socialist Syndicate.  In an interview conducted on the 30th of November by The Edict, the House of Representatives (HoR) admitted that it would not pursue… Keep Reading

Is UG’24 Interested In Ashokan Politics?

by Navya Asopa and Hanish Srinivasan TW: Mention of SH Entering college online with a dwindling political space and an ongoing movement to demand for workers’ rights, the UG24 batch truly had a lot to grapple with. In this context, it is important to take cognizance of the batch’s interest in Ashokan politics to contemplate… Keep Reading

Spring ’22 Fee Hike: Updates and The Way Ahead

by Sana Bashir (UG ’24) Before the Monsoon Semester commenced in 2021, many parents collectively emailed the administration, faculty, and founders to stop the continuous increase in fees. They wrote, “This latest increase comes on the back of the 6% fee hike already enforced in 2020. With the current increase of ~6%, we are burdened… Keep Reading

High Tally of By-Election NOTA Votes Explained

by Divya Ravindranath and Aakangsha Dutta Student politics forms the fabric of all educational establishments. It gives the students a voice, and acts as a servitude of change. It makes for a well-oiled machine. Elections are one of the many parts of this machine that allow it to function efficiently. The latest by-elections to the… Keep Reading

The FC Structure: Student Representatives and the Way Ahead

by Prithaa More (UG ’24) and Sana Bashir (UG ’24) In August, the MAA (Ministry of Academic Affairs) conducted a survey to gauge the student body’s views on reverting to the FC (Foundation Courses) bucket system. The MAA did not go through with it since their survey found that the majority of students had only… Keep Reading