The Independent Student Newspaper of Ashoka University


Third-year undergraduate student Success Sibanda, who hails from Zimbabwe, writes on his experiences with racism and internationalism in India and Ashoka. “ I know I ain’t from here  There’s a lot I gotta bear Coz my family isn’t here When I need an ear to listen they missing  Some people dissing me for being black  Only a few got my back They… Keep Reading

Speed Reads: Dispo and the Crow

Himali Thakur, Class of 2019 Reading for pleasure is a myth for most of us at Ashoka. It’s sad to see our reading habits slide into oblivion as classes assault us with a never-ending stream of papers and assignments. To save the voracious reader in you, The Edict brings the Speed Reads Series — stories handpicked to… Keep Reading

Gender In An Eggshell

Arush Pande, Class of 2019 Disclaimer: I have not written in detail about gender identities other than male and female. This is in no way to insinuate that I do not recognise the gendered struggle of non-binary identities. I just think that they are politicised differently and including them in this article would not do… Keep Reading

Love Is Not A Victory March

By Anonymous “Azaadi, azaadi! Azaadi, azaadi!” The streets resounded with frenzied chants and slogans. A riot of colours unfolded before my eyes as flags were unfurled, rainbow badges donned and witty banners held up. As the dhols beat, so did people’s hearts, louder and stronger than ever before. The 10th Delhi Queer Pride on 12th… Keep Reading

#OverseasConversations: Dil Se Discourse with Deena

‘Overseas Conversations’ is a series by the Edict wherein we invite students on Semester Abroad program to give the Ashoka community a peek in their various stimulating conversations across borders. In Part 1 of the series, Aaina Singh writes to us from the University of Pennsylvania about her fascinating exchange with Professor Deena Skolnick Weisberg.… Keep Reading

Vincit Omnia Veritas (The Truth Conquers All)

The die has been cast, ladies and gentlemen Kanishk Gomes, Class of 2020 NLU Bhopal students in protest On 10th January 49 BCE, leading a single legion, Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon to march on Rome. In doing so, he committed an act that flouted Roman laws and sparked a civil war within the Republic. Upon… Keep Reading

Know Your Professor: Arghya Bhattacharya

Charvi Saraf, Class of 2019 Source : Professor Argo manages to pull off a “fun-face” and a “serious-face” multiple times in a class. In his first class, he started by acknowledging that his name was tough to pronounce, and gave us permission to call him Argo. Minutes later, we were told about the no-talk, no-phone… Keep Reading

Of Surveillance and Dumbed Silences

Aarushi Aggarwal, Batch of 2018. School is over, but not really. Picture clicked at the Atrium. We do not know who to source it to (if it has been clicked by you shoot us an email at Ashoka is “liberal,” and more progressive about most matters than other colleges across the country especially ones… Keep Reading

Know Your Professor: Anuradha Saha

Aditya Pantham, Class of 2019 Source: The Edict’s YouTube Channel If you’re an economics student at Ashoka, chances are that you’ve been taught by or heard a lot about Professor Anuradha Saha. An amazing statistics professor, she is a student-favourite: Every semester during course registration, her classes fill within minutes, maybe even seconds. But Professor Saha… Keep Reading

The Virtue in Tainted Walls

Zainab Ghafoor-Firdausi, Class of 2019 “A white blank page, and a swelling rage.” –Mumford & Sons (Translation: Rules and regulations do not make up universities) Lady Pink, Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Seen are just a handful of world famous graffiti artists. Most prominent of whom is Banksy, an artist or group of artists who operate… Keep Reading