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Aakar Patel

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Many Who Wanted BJP To Fail Aren't Congress Supporters But Were Worried Of Religious Nationalism

Many Who Wanted BJP To Fail Aren't Congress Supporters But Were Worried Of Religious Nationalism

Dec 23, 2017 Aakar Patel

Nationalism usually leads to violence and so it should be handled with great care.

It Is To Sonia Gandhi’s Credit That She Brought The Party Away From Hindu Party Image

It Is To Sonia Gandhi’s Credit That She Brought The Party Away From Hindu Party Image

Dec 17, 2017 Aakar Patel

Congress' leadership included deeply conservative figures who are today associated with the BJP but were...

When Did The Successful <em>Ghanchi </em> Community Of Narendra Modi Become Backward Or Poor In Gujarat?

When Did The Successful Ghanchi Community Of Narendra Modi Become Backward Or Poor In Gujarat?

Dec 09, 2017 Aakar Patel

The Ghanchi community is not seen as a backward caste by Gujaratis and it became a backward class, or OBC,...

In Gujarat, The BJP Has Used Its Most Powerful Card, Prime Minister Modi

In Gujarat, The BJP Has Used Its Most Powerful Card, Prime Minister Modi

Dec 03, 2017 Aakar Patel

Both on the side of issues and organisation, my view is that the BJP is ahead, either because of its strength...

From An Istanbul Court, Attending A Terrorism Trial

From An Istanbul Court, Attending A Terrorism Trial

Nov 25, 2017 Aakar Patel

Activists were charged after a workshop on digital security held in a hotel. The government claims, absurdly,...

The Real Solution To Ending Sexual Violence Is A Law That Moves Swiftly Against Offenders

The Real Solution To Ending Sexual Violence Is A Law That Moves Swiftly Against Offenders

Nov 19, 2017 Aakar Patel

The government’s data says that 99% of Indian victims of sexual violence do not report the crime to the...

Why Are Bikes, Polish Bought By Cobblers, Cycle Tyres And Fire Extinguishers Part Of Demerit Goods Attracting 28% Tax?

Why Are Bikes, Polish Bought By Cobblers, Cycle Tyres And Fire Extinguishers Part Of Demerit Goods Attracting 28% Tax?

Nov 11, 2017 Aakar Patel

How does the Council decide which things we should pay most tax for?

Does The BJP, Specifically Prime Minister Modi, Have An Ideology From Which Their Actions Emanate?

Does The BJP, Specifically Prime Minister Modi, Have An Ideology From Which Their Actions Emanate?

Nov 05, 2017 Aakar Patel

Make in India, Swachch Bharat, Demonetisation, Surgical Strike, Bullet Train, Start Up India, GST: are these...

Does Any Civilised Nation Assure Visas Like Indian Minister Over Twitter? They’ve A Process, We’ve e-Durbars

Does Any Civilised Nation Assure Visas Like Indian Minister Over Twitter? They’ve A Process, We’ve e-Durbars

Oct 30, 2017 Aakar Patel

Sushma Swaraj's twitter account is the modern version of Adl-e-Jahangir.

It’s Not Betrayal Patriots, If Priyanka Can Dump Bollywood For Hollywood, Sreesanth Too Can Play For Other Nations

It’s Not Betrayal Patriots, If Priyanka Can Dump Bollywood For Hollywood, Sreesanth Too Can Play For Other Nations

Oct 21, 2017 Aakar Patel

Whatever his decision, I would say it is unfair to ask him to show his loyalty to his country by not playing...

SC Cracker Ban: Pollution And Climate Change Are Serious, Knee-Jerk Reactions Offer A Meaningless Solution

SC Cracker Ban: Pollution And Climate Change Are Serious, Knee-Jerk Reactions Offer A Meaningless Solution

Oct 17, 2017 Aakar Patel

'In a part of the world which is among the poorest in the world, we must ask ourselves whether curbing...

When We Do It, Its A Riot. When Muslims Do It, It Is Terrorism

When We Do It, Its A Riot. When Muslims Do It, It Is Terrorism

Oct 11, 2017 Aakar Patel

'Most of us do not see communal violence as terrorism. The massacre of Sikhs in 1984 is called a riot. The...

What Was Needed Was A Debate On Facts, Not The Personal Animosity That Jaitley And Sinha Showed

What Was Needed Was A Debate On Facts, Not The Personal Animosity That Jaitley And Sinha Showed

Oct 01, 2017 Aakar Patel

'Was it not true that under Jaitley’s watch GDP growth has fallen for six successive quarters?'

Why Exclude Those Curious About Faith By Not Allowing Them Into Places Of Worship?

Why Exclude Those Curious About Faith By Not Allowing Them Into Places Of Worship?

Sep 27, 2017 Aakar Patel

'Jagannath's Pandas famously prohibited Indira Gandhi from entering, though she was born Hindu and was...

Why Do Almost All Terror Probes Reach Nowhere In India? The Clue Lies In Communal Divide

Why Do Almost All Terror Probes Reach Nowhere In India? The Clue Lies In Communal Divide

Sep 10, 2017 Aakar Patel

The failure is systemic, and for us to expect that it will work in particular instances a show of optimism...

Here's Why Opposition’s Dream Of Using Demonetisation Fallout As Ammo Against BJP Won’t Work In India

Here's Why Opposition’s Dream Of Using Demonetisation Fallout As Ammo Against BJP Won’t Work In India

Sep 02, 2017 Aakar Patel

The opposition thinks two recent events can be used to turn the tide in politics against the Bharatiya...

Civilised Form Of Democracy Assumes People Are Innocent, But Aadhar Destroys The Premise

Civilised Form Of Democracy Assumes People Are Innocent, But Aadhar Destroys The Premise

Aug 29, 2017 Aakar Patel

Because of a lack of institutional process, the government has no control over the material gathered in...

Air India’s Boarding Protocol For Soldiers Is <em>Chamchagiri</em>, So What Are The Best Ways To Honour Him?

Air India’s Boarding Protocol For Soldiers Is Chamchagiri, So What Are The Best Ways To Honour Him?

Aug 21, 2017 Aakar Patel

Why is the service of the Indian teacher, the postman and the man delivering gas cylinders any less...

When ‘Who’ Said Is Given Importance Than ‘What’ Has Been Said

When ‘Who’ Said Is Given Importance Than ‘What’ Has Been Said

Aug 19, 2017 Aakar Patel

'I was disturbed and saddened by the words of Modi, who mocked Ansari on his last day in office.'

Lack Of Intellectual Rebellion In Students Is Worrying: Nine Things Learnt About The Young Indian

Lack Of Intellectual Rebellion In Students Is Worrying: Nine Things Learnt About The Young Indian

Aug 07, 2017 Aakar Patel

I have often said that I wish comments against reservations are preceded by an acceptance of the reality that...