By Ananya Gupta, Undergraduate batch of 2022

A few weeks ago, our inboxes were spilling over with emails about the Board of Management’s unsatisfactory decision in rejecting a Universal Grading Policy. In the mayhem of accusations, consolations and justifications, I saw the term ‘excellent’ being used to fill larger gaps than it could handle. It was like a flimsy band-aid. In a personal statement defending the decision of the BOM, Professor Raja Rosenhagen wrote, “Anything else (any other response to the situation in terms of grading) would not have been Ashoka — always striving for excellency”. He further went on…

By Shivani Deshmukh(UG 2022) and Devika Jamkhedkar(UG 21)

As we are frustratingly caught in the midst of the lockdown, the grand grading policy fiasco and hectic online classes, an impending issue has been relegated to the back burners — The North East Delhi crisis. The pogrom, which once incited many of us to take to the streets, has somewhat been locked in the past. The same cannot be said for the families affected by the sky-high fumes of the riots.

The families caught in this crisis have had to face two consequent blows to their mental, physical and monetary stability…

By Aayra Angrish, Undergraduate Batch of 2022

While it has been short of two semesters since I joined Ashoka, there was one fact I was made clearly aware of by the first two weeks- the Student Government could be bashed and blamed for any and everything. This was a trend that, although unfamiliar to me, seemed to have caught on with everyone else ages ago. It came across in emails, ironically forwarded by SG members to the rest of the student body, with concerns regarding what the SG was doing about this, and accusing them of that. This made me…

By Akanksha Mishra, Undergraduate Batch of 2022

This year has not been one of the best ones, especially for the Ashokan administration. Since the day I first set foot on campus about eight months ago, there have been constant complaints by the students about the fallacies and shortcomings of the administration. A look back at the numerous issues that plagued the campus through the lens of the student body this year tells the tale of an apparently insensitive, and unaccountable Ashokan administration.

What has happened over the past year, however, parallel to the administration’s shortcomings in responding to student needs…

-Deep Vakil, Undergraduate Batch of UG 2020

If parties keep functioning as nothing more than blocs of individuals, independents will keep getting blocked from the House.

I will remember the Ashoka University Student Government election of 2020 as an election of many firsts.

The first time that elections took place over a 2-day period, and reached a five-year high voter turnout, despite the student body being the biggest it has ever been.

Ashoka’s first woman Chief Election Officer, Amola Mehta, at the helm of the Election Commission. Our first woman President, Priavi Joshi.

And the focus of this piece, the first election conducted under modified Swiss PR.

An AUEC-sponsored referendum in November led to this change. Unlike in the…

Fahad Hasin, UG20

*Kindly note the article should not be treated as a rigorous scientific experiment — simply because it was never meant to be, and hence not designed as such. I did this only for the sake of my personal curiosity. However, with the return of smog and the conversations around it, I thought it would be helpful to share the results with everyone on campus.

“Are air purifiers any good?” is something I have often overheard at Ashoka and wondered the same myself. My roommate and I recently got an air purifier and I was curious to know…

In the light of the recent Election Reform Referendum, The Edict’s Rithupar Pathy sits down with the newly sworn-in Chief Election Officer, Amola Mehta

Rithupar: Why did you want to become the election commissioner?

Amola: Elections on this campus until now haven’t been the most accommodating. They have preferred a certain type of politician. It prefers a person who can debate, be witty, snarky and out there. I do not think that is very democratic and there needs to be a change in the electoral process to make it more inclusive. Thus, I wanted to become the election commissioner.


After an overwhelming number of signatories (1000+) on a petition to declare a week-long holiday due to the declining air quality, the university administration conceded. This resulted in the impromptu “Smog Break,” a sudden holiday which meant lots of students leaving campus in order to escape the situation. Many students made the most out of it by catching up on rest on campus, visiting home or planning a trip to the hills. Here are some anecdotes and photographs of how Ashokans spent their smog break:

  1. “I took a couple of my friends home in the outskirts of Dehradun and took…

By Deep Vakil, Undergraduate Class of 2020

If you ask me how my foray into student politics began, you might be amused to know that I actually wanted to join the Election Commission. I only considered political parties as the vehicle of my participation in campus politics after my application to join the Election Commission was declined in my second semester. Nonetheless, my interest in electoral systems lives on, both in my private life, as well as academically. An electoral reform referendum at Ashoka, then, is the perfect opportunity to share my learning. After a brief overview of each system…

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