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Ishan Joshi

The writer is Consulting Editor, The Pioneer

Ram Temple movement erected a big tent

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | Ishan Joshi | in Edit

The project to ensure India's emergence as an Indic civilizational-rooted modern state will come undone if lumpen anti-intellectualism continues Happenstance, perhaps, but as we approach the 25th anniversary of the Ayodhya Demolition on December 6, I received a phone call from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), informing me that my...

Of civilized living in Delhi's Little Calcutta

Sunday, 05 Nov 2017 | Ishan Joshi | in Others

CR Park is probably one of the few South Delhi localities that has still not given up the fight to try and ensure the liveability quotient, as it were, is retained; if not wholly then at least very substantially Chittaranjan Park, or EPDP (East Pakistan Displaced Persons) Colony for those readers...

A trinity of symbols for a new India

Saturday, 28 Oct 2017 | Ishan Joshi | in Edit

The symbolism of the ongoing nation building project is perfectly valid and the mass aesthetic that informs it entirely apt It may have escaped the attention of the navel-gazing classes but India, that is Bharat, has had a long and abiding tryst with the cosmic trinity of Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh, from pre-history to...

J&K: Difference in the detail

Wednesday, 25 Oct 2017 | Ishan Joshi | in Oped

Valley hotheads are delusional if they believe the Centre is doing anything but taking advantage of the architecture of dominance it has created to begin talks Talking to adversaries and/or recalcitrant rebels within from a position of strength is always a good idea in the effort to ensure the benefits of...

Dilli Door Ast...

Sunday, 22 Oct 2017 | Ishan Joshi | in Others

Back in the city of my birth and misspent first 28 years, tongue-in-check humour is the way to go, I'm told. But then I rarely if ever listen to well-meaning advice. So, it struck me that the reason for the proliferation of phallus-shaped architectural monstrosities in the south-western suburb of the...

Lead gently, kind of prince...

Sunday, 15 Oct 2017 | Ishan Joshi | in Others

The accession of Rahul Gandhi to the post of Congress president may finally be upon us; the nature of his political inheritance and what he makes of it is the point of interest Congress president Sonia Gandhi seemed to set speculation around her son and party vice-president taking over the...

Ignore critics, dance with the wolves

Monday, 04 Sep 2017 | Ishan Joshi | in Edit

Prime Minister Modi must ignore his critics and make interventions against lumpens. It may have a seminal impact on contemporary political debate and engagement between differing narratives, writes ISHAN JOSHI Ignoring the raised, patrician eyebrows from the relics of the ancient rťgime, or indeed, the beetled furrows of the arriviste establishment,...

Privacy order, professional media, and the citizens

Saturday, 26 Aug 2017 | Ishan Joshi | in Edit

With the apex court’s order, professional media will now have to factor in the right to privacy afforded to citizens which will imply the need for a thorough introspection than it has hitherto exhibited, writes ISHAN JOSHI Happenstance, perhaps, but for the second time in three days this week, the Supreme...

An ultimate triumph after long, arduous struggle

Wednesday, 23 Aug 2017 | Ishan Joshi | in Today's Newspaper

No change worth having, and certainly nothing as potentially transformative as the striking down by the Supreme Court of triple talaq as a Constitutional means of divorce for Indian citizens who happen to be Muslim males, comes to fruition without the participation of hundreds and thousands of extraordinarily courageous, ordinary...


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