Aakash Joshi

aakash.joshi@expressindia.com

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?