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Aakash Joshi


Educate Before You Agitate
Sun, Feb 18, 2018

WhatsApp Uncle on how to pass exams with flying colours, with a little help from the PM.

There is an online voting about Ram Temple’s fate… and WE SHOULD WIN
Sun, Feb 04, 2018

We should not ignore this poll… what does it matter, all this law-shaw? Court said let that Bhansali film release, but Karni Sena warriors are still on the street…Go now! Vote in that online poll deciding the fate of Ram Temple. What, you don’t believe me?

To Karachi, Via Padmaavat
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

An objecting Sena, capitulating governments lead India down a dangerous path

WhatsApp Uncle explains why you shouldn’t mock the motherland and its leaders
Sun, Jan 21, 2018

My family… see… I also have a sense of humour. But chutkula is chutkula, and deshprem is deshprem. 

Air There Everywhere
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

There is clean air all around us in Delhi, if only we look for it and not buy propaganda, says WhatsApp Uncle.

What to expect in 2018: Fake news, privacy, a fundamental contradiction
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

As 2017 ended, Facebook found itself under fire, and the ways in which the giants of social media handle these issues will determine the ways in which the world consumes and processes information in 2018.

A voyeur’s apologia
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

Ideas, clearly, are what your letters deal with. That you counsel an “examined life”, the tough task of speaking truth to power and unravelling the hypocrisies, fallacies, and ethical lacunae of our times is certainly advice well taken.

All This Gender-Shender
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

For the first time in 1,200 years, says WhatsApp Uncle, we have a government that is protecting ladies and their men’s honour.

Just Eat Steak
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

Being radical and rebellious has never been this easy

Enter the duststorm
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

For those who read His Dark Materials as children (and likely re-read it as adults), La Belle Sauvage is another chance to enter a world where a repressive church and state try to control diversity, sexuality and knowledge.

Dystopia, Privatised
Sat, Oct 28, 2017

China’s Social Credit System, India’s Aadhaar show consumerism subverts privacy

Shelf life: Dark places
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

Bite of the Black Dogs, his third novel, is based on operations carried out by the Indian Army at the height of the insurgency in the Kashmir Valley in the 1990s.

A Thana Coloured Saffron
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

UP CM’s encouragement of religious displays in police stations is troubling.

An immoral subsidy
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

India’s urban elites are wilfully blind to their complicities in the exploitation of domestic workers

PaperBackers: Facts. Checked.
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

The format of the book is simple enough: Each page busts a common notion that members or supporters of the Hindutva right often articulate, and has become, in certain circles, accepted fact.

Bite Sized Philosophy
Sat, May 27, 2017

This Dog Barking takes us through Krishnamurti’s journey, and back again, and even highlights the futility of his endeavours.

Human shields elsewhere
Fri, May 26, 2017

Both terrorists and governments are alleged to have used them — in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Syria and Israel

In Praise of Vice
Sun, May 14, 2017

The little transgressions protect a people from the power of big ideologies. Go ahead, get wasted.

Baahubali’s technical finesse is a vehicle for regressive socio-political values
Wed, May 10, 2017

Like so many other epics in the Subcontinent, and beyond, Baahubali takes place in and upholds a socio-religious order that serves a particular politics.

How modern veneration of cow underlines ancient caste hierarchy
Mon, May 01, 2017

The significance of this transition of the cow to a creature both animal and divine, needing protection and veneration, was explored by the sociologist Louis Dumont in his seminal work, Homo Hierarchicus

Ambedkar Jayanti: The big question, who does Babasaheb belong to?
Sat, Apr 15, 2017

The idea of RSS and RSS-backed organisations having a history of Ambedkarite sympathies, however, had far from universal appeal.

Mob-Police And Police-Mob
Thu, Apr 13, 2017

Between the two lies the anti-Romeo Squad

RSS vs Left: Why ideological juggernaut sees roadblocks ahead
Wed, Mar 01, 2017

Both the communists and the Hindu Right saw the dismantling of the Congress as an essential precursor to their own growth and implementation of their grand narrative.

The case for His Dark Materials
Mon, Feb 20, 2017

Harry Potter is great, LOTR is legendary. But to navigate the world, children — and the rest of us — also need to read Philip Pullman’s work

Electing a new people
Sat, Dec 03, 2016

Political battle over demonetisation will reveal if the Indian citizen has changed.

Israeli development agency hopes to assist farmers with new techniques: Official
Tue, Nov 15, 2016

The agency has been working in the country for nearly a decade, and as India’s relationship with Israel, so has MASHAV’s engagement in the country.

Interview with Dr Tomohiko Taniguchi: Mantra for India, Pak should be while you speak you shoot no bullets
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

The expectation for the Japanese is that India could stand up tall as a torch-bearer for internationally accepted norms and rules, says Dr Tomohiko Taniguchi.

Did Bob Dylan win the wrong Nobel Prize?
Thu, Oct 13, 2016

For years now, young people have googled and researched his songs and their lyrics and discovered the politics of his art – liberal, egalitarian and pacifist. While Dylan certainly deserves the Nobel prize, its not for literature.

First presidential debate: How Donald Trump may have lost on issues but won on interruptions
Wed, Sep 28, 2016

The first debate, in fact, changed nothing. Both candidates played themselves. And that is dangerous for Clinton. The pool of undecided voters isn't that large and her “likeability” has always been under question.

The shroud of a word
Sat, Sep 24, 2016

Describing soldiers who died in Uri as martyrs does them a disservice

Our intimate enemy
Mon, Aug 22, 2016

Did Pakistan always play such a dominant role in how we defined ourselves as a nation? What do we stand for, when we wave our flag and shout slogans on the street?