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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Aakash Joshi

Aakash Joshi is Senior Assistant Editor, Editorial and Opinion for The Indian Express. He writes on politics, ethics and popular culture and can be reached at

View From The Neighbourhood: Jingoism and talks
Mon, Jan 20, 2020

At the centre of these “core issues” are New Delhi’s actions on the constitutional status of Kashmir as well as the clampdown on communications, politics and alleged human rights violations in the state.

With the violence at JNU, citizens face a stark, binary moral choice
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

Something has changed in India over the last few months. In Delhi, those who watched the country change, lose its character have finally decided to show up for others. As with Jamia, so with JNU.

Forwarded as Received: Identity Crisis
Sat, Jan 04, 2020

Why should WhatsApp Uncle have to prove his citizenship to anyone?

View From The Neighbourhood: Unsecular India?
Mon, Dec 23, 2019

A weekly look at the public conversations shaping ideas beyond borders — in the Subcontinent.

Forwarded as Received: Let’s Spare the Rod
Sat, Dec 21, 2019

Why are students being beaten, when they should be talked to? A shaken WhatsApp Uncle asks

View From The Neighbourhood: India disappoints
Mon, Dec 16, 2019

The editorial in Dawn on December 11, understandably, grandstands rather eloquently on the end of secularism in India: “Under Narendra Modi’s watch, there is little doubt that the country is being transformed into a Hindu rashtra, where minority communities are relegated to the margins of society, if accepted at all.”

Kailaasa or New India? WhatsApp Uncle wonders how they are different
Sun, Dec 08, 2019

Could Kailaasa be the longed-for Hindu rashtra? WhatsApp Uncle wants to know.

Surviving a new world
Sun, Nov 24, 2019

In a time of global climate emergency, how can India balance her responsibilities to the environment and to her people? A new book tries to find answers.

Where it All Started
Sun, Nov 24, 2019

How subsidised public education made it possible for two debutant indie filmmakers to follow their passion and produce award-winning films.

WhatsApp Uncle on raising high fees in JNU and the Mahabharata
Sun, Nov 24, 2019

Could the agitating ‘commie’ students of JNU be in the right? WhatsApp Uncle answers.

View From The Neighbourhood: Sri Lanka polls
Mon, Nov 18, 2019

The Sri Lankan Press, of course, has been following the election closely, and almost exclusively. And, as is the case in India, it is likely that the drama and euphoria of the change of guard in Colombo will be the subject of editorials and opinion articles for some time to come.

Smoke and water
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

The toxic air makes WhatsApp Uncle asks some decidedly anti-national questions.

View from the neighbourhood: Unfree campus
Mon, Oct 28, 2019

A weekly look at the public conversations shaping ideas beyond borders — in the Subcontinent.

Diwali is a celebration centred around wealth and status
Mon, Oct 28, 2019

Diwali, a time of revelry and release, can also be one that perpetuates a feudal culture.

Beyond the Veil: WhatsApp Uncle on why anti-nationals and nationalists could do with a little clarity
Sun, Oct 20, 2019

Nationalists should unite like Amar, Akbar and Anthony.

Forwarded as Received: All the World’s a Stage
Sun, Oct 06, 2019

WhatsApp Uncle basks in the glow of a Texas evening

Forwarded as Received: How Other Half Lives
Sun, Sep 08, 2019

WhatsApp Uncle imagines what it is to be a woman

Srinagar Mayor Junaid Mattu: ‘Political mainstream faces existential question in J&K’
Tue, Sep 03, 2019

Mattu’s party, the People’s Conference (PC), and its leader Sajjad Lone were the most visible allies of the BJP in the Valley.

Propaganda comes of age
Sat, Aug 31, 2019

Films like ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ and ‘Chalo Jeete Hain’ give longer life to the jumla

View from the neighbourhood: Imran’s frustration
Mon, Aug 26, 2019

A weekly look at the public conversations shaping ideas beyond borders — in the Subcontinent.