Another Perspective on Kairos

It was not very long ago that Jim Norton, a stand up comedian himself, who spoke to a radio show about the idea of liberal censorship. A passage from what Norton told his interviewer seems particularly apt: “Liberals have succeeded in becoming what they hated. Liberalism was once thought to be an oasis of free…

An Open Letter by the Protestors

Abish Mathew, comedian of the AIB Roast fame, performed at NLU Delhi on the 22nd of March for our annual fest, Kairos. Early in the show, Matthew cracked a joke on domestic violence, at which point, two women students who found the jokes to be extremely misogynistic, walked out, showing him the middle finger. The…

Who Do I Support?

  I think the issues that the events of 22/03/2015 presented are fairly nuanced and discussions till now seem to create a false binary, where you’re either with the protestors or with Abish/sexist crowd. I think there’s cause for concern with siding wholeheartedly with either of them, and certainly with this form of oversimplification of…

Heckler’s Burden

Written by Shuchita Goel and Shivpriya Gurtoo.   In light of the protests that happened during the Abish Mathew performance, the PLPDG held their maiden internal discussion, bringing in four viewpoints that exist among the student body. The four students who participated in the discussion were Akshat Agarwal (II Year), Aarushi Mahajan (III Year), Bhargavi…

An Open Letter by Nikita Agarwal

by Nikita Agarwal   I strongly condemn the backlash that the five students, all women, are facing in National Law University Delhi campus for exercising their right to protest against sexism and misogyny perpetuated by Abish Mathew during Kairos, the second intercollegiate festival of NLU Delhi. The students protested against the various sexist, racist and…

A Change in Focus

When the protest took place on Sunday, one would be forgiven for being thrown at the sheer number of debates that could potentially arise. There were several views expressed. The protests themselves were vehemently clear that sexist jokes and trivializing of narratives that had and continue to have serious repercussions for women in society should…

Abish Mathew at Kairos 2015

Abish Mathew got lucky tonight. He was paid a lot of money for a show that was mediocre at best. But now, courtesy the course of events, he will be remembered by many as a martyr of stand up comedy at National Law University Delhi. And he really doesn’t deserve that title. But neither did he deserve…