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Aakar Patel

How Modern-Day Nostradamus, Ray Kurzweil, Predicted Biggest Feats In Technology Decades Ago

Oct 13, 2019 Aakar Patel

Ray Kurzweil was able to predict that a computer would defeat the world champion of chess by 1998.

India Wants Another 200 Fighter Planes, But Do They Really Win Wars These Days?

Oct 06, 2019 Aakar Patel

We think that national security is a very serious business, and we should trust the generals to do the right thing for all of us, but as Guderian knew, this is not always wise, writes author-columnist Aakar Patel.


Confusion Over Terrorism And Terrorist Leads To Low Conviction Rates

If the world has not reached a consensus on defining terrorism and a terrorist, then India has also contributed to this confusion.

To Become $5-Trillion Economy, India Needs To Grow at 9%. It's Not Impossible

Sep 22, 2019 Aakar Patel

The economy can grow if there are lots of Indians saving and investing money, and if there are individuals and corporations using the available resources to produce goods and services.


An EU-Like Arrangement With SAARC Nations Could Reinvigorate India's Economic Prospects

A demand slowdown in India can be corrected by giving our manufacturers easier access to the markets of Pakistan and Bangladesh. The quality and pricing of Indian goods will make them very attractive to consumers in both nations.

08 September, 2019

Opinion: Exploration Of Universe Only Way For Humans To Survive. ISRO, NASA Doing Exactly That

Aakar Patel

Space is dangerous and there will be many failed attempts as we try to use mankind’s ingenuity to take the next evolutionary step.


28 October, 2018

The Man Who Came To Raid My Office

Aakar Patel

Almost exclusively, their interest was in the work that we were doing that they thought of as being 'anti-national'. One of them even used that specific word.



05 May, 2018

How's Rowlatt Act That Led To Jallianwala Different From NSA That Holds Dalit Leader Azad In Jail Sans Trial?

Aakar Patel

Till we are able to understand and appreciate this reality of what is happening to our fellow citizens today in 2018, it would be hypocrisy to continue to teach in our textbooks about the great atrocity of 1919.


30 April, 2018

Dear Prime Minister, Nation Wants To Know The Agenda Of Your China Visit

Aakar Patel

There is something secret about the visit that Narendra Modi has made to China


24 April, 2018

Congress Rule Hid It For Some Time: We Indians Are Like Our Brothers In Pakistan, Sri Lanka And Bangladesh

Aakar Patel

We have a majoritarian instinct that is powerful and that is today asserting itself against the minority.



08 April, 2018

Would The BJP Nudge The RSS To Appoint A Dalit Or Adivasi As Sarsanghachalak?

Aakar Patel

If the government actually sides with the Dalits, they are smart enough to know this. Spending two nights in a village will not be needed


02 April, 2018

High GDP Growth, Biggest Economic Reforms Prove Hung Parliament, Not Majority Government, Is Best For India

Aakar Patel

The weakest period of economic growth in the last 15 years has in fact come in a time when we have had a government with an absolute majority


21 March, 2018

Achche Din Has Expired, So If Ayodhya Verdict Becomes 2019 Election Issue, What’ll The Campaign Message Be?

Aakar Patel

The lessons learned from 2014, like the reward of large investments in social media and technology, will be seen in the 2019 campaign


10 March, 2018

Has CBI Failed The Nation?

Aakar Patel

The premier investigation agency’s conviction rate of 67% is an eyewash because on major crimes its strike rate is just 3.96%.


03 March, 2018

With Almost No Local Power, Can Rahul Gandhi Become A National Contender In 2019?

Aakar Patel

To gain control over messaging, among others things like funding, it is vital for Congress to perform well in the months leading up to 2019


21 February, 2018

Dear RSS, Burning With Patriotism Does Not Win Wars

Aakar Patel

What does Bhagwat think his militia will do once it is at the border? Does he think that the Chinese will come rushing down the mountains with rifles in their hands?


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A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

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A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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Jan 08, 2022 Rakhi Bose

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Across Asia there are deeply entrenched obstacles to a mode of higher education that is liberal in multiple senses – disciplinary and epistemological but also social and political.

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