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Ishan Joshi

The writer is Consulting Editor, The Pioneer

The Second Republic

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | Ishan Joshi | in Edit

When a nation’s temper and its institutions are contraindicative it’s time to begin anew. We are currently sitting out the last gasp of a dying order The last thing an Indian citizen should do is get caught up in the vicious quasi-personal ideological battles being waged...

The Rahul I (did not) know

Sunday, 24 Dec 2017 | Ishan Joshi | in CapitalCapers

As an old pal put it, RG owes all of us roughly co-terminus in age with him an apology for the calls we got from our mothers on the day of his accession… So, he was in your batch in college. No, Ma he was a year junior but he’s older...

Fake news: Clear and present danger

Thursday, 14 Dec 2017 | Ishan Joshi | in Edit

Stop conflating social and professional media, set the bar for news high and for professional media even higher, work out the difference between print, digital and TV platforms Is authenticity a primary good? Can content be platform agnostic? If disseminating information is a mass media function could knowledge-sharing be the niche...

Requiem for a Lost Generation

Sunday, 10 Dec 2017 | Ishan Joshi | in CapitalCapers

When Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar opened the bowling attack and other tales of folk multiculturalism in action Feedback from the three men and a dog who, in my optimistic assessment, are the folks who read this column every alternate Sunday, is that there is a reason those of us who were born...

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...


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