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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Elections are increasingly seen as referendums on policies and ideologies. It is not as simple as that.
A bracing reimagining of a dystopian world in Arnav Das Sharma's debut novel loses its punch because of lacklustre editing
With every case of “hurt sentiments”, works of popular art that can resonate across decades become a little less likely to emerge.
For Pakistan, India’s past must serve as a guide. For India, Pakistan’s present could be an example and a warning
With a new law to monitor Islamic separatism, France betrays an idea of citizenship and republican values that is deeply insular.
Initially, the elephant’s death seemed like an act of wanton cruelty, another injustice in a country where callousness seemed to have become the norm. The real problem, though, runs deeper and is cause for much more despair.
Why Covid warriors -- all citizens, really -- should not have been denied their indulgences
The only good thing that has happened is concern for vulnerable, old people, he says.
My grandmothers, Dida and Thakuma, were pushed to be great women, in different ways. Today, the women at Shaheen Bagh face, in some ways, as grim a political circumstance that Thakuma did. But they are heroes also because they are, each of them, an incarnation of my Dida.
The central theme, across the essays by journalists, writers, poets and academics from Kashmir is that the popular Indian imagination is wrong.
Why do seva of Bharat Mata, when he can't even afford a holiday for his children's mata, asks WhatsApp Uncle
“When sleepless in siasat PM Modi received agni kesh President Trump, why were ppl of Dilli doing bad things?”
WhatsApp uncle worries about the future of Bharat Mata after ‘Hindutva’s defeat’ in Delhi.
He wants India to practise athiti daivo bhava, but fears being declared as an anti-national.
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.
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.
Why should WhatsApp Uncle have to prove his citizenship to anyone?
A weekly look at the public conversations shaping ideas beyond borders — in the Subcontinent.
Why are students being beaten, when they should be talked to? A shaken WhatsApp Uncle asks
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.”
Could Kailaasa be the longed-for Hindu rashtra? WhatsApp Uncle wants to know.
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.
How subsidised public education made it possible for two debutant indie filmmakers to follow their passion and produce award-winning films.
Could the agitating ‘commie’ students of JNU be in the right? WhatsApp Uncle answers.
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.