The Independent Student Newspaper of Ashoka University

The Revised FC Structure: How Did We Get Here?

by Riddhi Verma and Kalyani Garud On 15th January 2021, in response to an email from the Ministry of Academic Affairs (MAA), Vice-Chancellor Malabika Sarkar asserted that “I would like you to understand and explain to those who raise questions that the FCs are at the core of Ashoka’s academic vision.” The FC structure was… Keep Reading

The Ashokan Socialist Syndicate: A Fresh Take On Political Parties?

by Aggam Walia (UG’22) In September, the Ashokan Socialist Syndicate (ASS) registered with the Election Commission as Ashoka’s newest political party. Started by students from the UG’24 batch, ASS is “committed to creating a platform of accessibility, change and transparency to further progressive ideals.” The party has a public Constitution which lays down the organizational… Keep Reading

Ashoka’s contractual partner violates workers’ rights, VC says options limited

by Anushree Pratap (UG’23) and Sana Bashir (UG’24) (TW: SH, SA, casteism, victim-shaming) Since September 2021, Quess, Ashoka University’s contractual company for the housekeeping department, has allegedly been coercing the transfer of workers. Around 35 members of the housekeeping staff  have been informed by Quess of transfers to places like Gurgaon and Jaipur with short… Keep Reading

Renewed Commitments or Reneged Promises: AUEC’s Role in the By-elections

by Mohammed Amaan Asim (UG’22) In June this year Ashokan student politics was in the doldrums owing to multiple defects and dents in what was an arguably imperfect system. Today, after several months we have only sunk lower. The Ashokan election system and its politics haven’t been restructured to reflect the demands and expectations of… Keep Reading

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) Update: As of 27th September, Starzz informed The Edict that it does not plan on registering as a party. They will continue to be active in an informal capacity. In an Edict interview conducted on 14th September, 2021, Cefil Joseph Soans and Jai Desai from the undergraduate batch of 2022 recount… Keep Reading

Reading List and Its Discontents

By Diya Sood, UG ’23 Reading lists are an essential academic function of the study of disciplines in an institutional framework like a university. Canon formation can be deliberate and methodical. When a centralized body dictates the exclusion and inclusion of texts, it dictates what ideas it wants challenged and established. Delhi University’s Oversight Committee… Keep Reading

Whisper? I Hardly Know Her

The Politics Of Public Whisper Networks, A Reprise by Anoushka Shyam (ASP’22) and Sowmya Vaidyanathan (ASP’22) A part of The Edict’s Cultures of Harassment series  Content Warning – This article contains mentions of sexual harassment. In my first year at Ashoka, I attended an orientation meeting of a certain club and was encouraged to make… Keep Reading

Sexual Harassment: Looking Beyond the Binary

By Anubhab (Cyain), UG’22 A part of The Edict’s Cultures of Harassment series Content Warning – This article has mentions of sexual harassment, casteism, gender dysphoria, body dysmorphia, and racism. Even in the 21st century, the world continues to paint itself as one within a binary, despite the existence of those who identify outside this… Keep Reading

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