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Aakar Patel

Aakar Patel is a writer and columnist. He is a former newspaper editor, having worked with the Bhaskar Group and Mid Day Multimedia Ltd.

Sep 24, 2016

PM Modi would do well to ignore media when deciding course of action towards Pakistan

Reality is different from what is happening inside the TV sets. If he switched it off, it would go away. PM Modi should so the same thing. #Atal Bihari Vajpayee #InMyOpinion #Jaish-e-Muhammad #Lashkar-e-Taiyyaba #Manmohan Singh #Media #Mumbai Attack #Narendra Modi #Pakistan #parliament #Uri

Sep 18, 2016

Waning audiences, limited stars and Pakistan: Why Bollywood is not living up to its potential

Bollywood is not growing though it has great potential. It seems destined, along with the rest of India's economy, to be showing promise that it cannot match through delivery. #Bollywood #Bruce Lee #China #ConnectTheDots #Hong Kong #Jackie Chan #Karan Johar #Moives #Pakistan #South Asia

Sep 11, 2016

Ignoring the real issues: Why the media has stopped reporting on dowry deaths

The media, particularly the national media and especially the English media, do not report stories on dowry deaths any longer. #Bollywood #CriticalPoint #Dowry #English newspapers #Entertainment #India #Journalism #Marriage #Media #MIddle Class #Page 3 journalism #Upper Class

Sep 4, 2016

English or mother tongue in schools? A difficult question for PM Modi under RSS pressure

In Gujarat, the RSS has blocked teaching of English in government schools till Class V, by when it is too late. Modi's solution, which he explained to me, was to have some subjects taught in Gujarati and others in English. #ABVHV #Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi Vishwavidyalalya #Bhopal #BJP #ConnectTheDots #English #Gandhi #Goa #Gujarat #mother tongue #Narendra Modi #Rabindranath Tagore #RSS #school

Aug 28, 2016

India won’t benefit from demographic dividend: Mass unemployment, unrest looms ahead

In four years, India will have the world's largest population of working people, about 87 crore in all. When nations reach a high ratio of such people, they are expected to earn something called a demographic dividend. #China #demographic dividend #India #india population #india work force #India working class #InMyOpinion #Population #Urban MIddle Class

Aug 21, 2016

True nationalism: Ten ways in which you can show your love for India

It is time to remind ourselves what true nationalism actually means. This is how you can show your love for your country. #Constitution #CriticalPoint #food #fundamental rights #Human Rights #India #Life #Music #Nationalism #passport #Shareworthy #Tolerance

Aug 14, 2016

Rio Olympics 2016: It’s not the external world that is stopping Indians from winning medals, it is our culture

Reading the reports of our flop performance at the Olympics, one might think it has come as a surprise that we are so poor at sports. #Gymnastics #India #InMyOpinion. MM Pallam Raju #Medal #Olympics #Olympics 2016 #Rio 2016 #Rio Olympics 2016 #TeamIndia

Aug 2, 2016

Anandiben Patel’s resignation: Is the Bharatiya Janata Party in trouble in Gujarat?

The Gandhis seem happy with permanently coming second in Gujarat (though Arvind Kejriwal might have a thing or two to say about that soon). If they remain second and pick up an extra seat here or there because of the BJP's current woes, their chamchas will declare victory on the channels. #Anandiben Patel #Anandiben Patel resignation #BJP #Congress in Gujarat #Gujarat #Keshubhai Patel rebellion #Narendra Modi #Patel agitation #Patidar Agitation #PoliticsDecoder #Vallabhbhai

Jul 31, 2016

Arnab Goswami is overly powerful? Blame highly subsidised news and power imbalance in India

I would say yes, especially English anchors like Times Now's Arnab Goswami. By powerful I mean that they can influence what should be debated daily and what is important. #Arnab Goswami #Digital Media #Fox News #India #Indian journalism #InMyOpinion #Times Now #TV