Articles by Aakar Patel
Mar 26, 2017
Being Congress: Rahul Gandhi is least of its issues, the Grand Old Party needs new reason for existenceWhat exactly is the problem in the Congress? India's oldest party is in its worst position in history and seems unable to revive itself. Is it in terminal decline or is it awaiting renewal through a new leader? Let us examine the issue.
Mar 19, 2017
UP election aftermath: Why it is too soon to say anything about a Modi victory in the 2019 pollsThe victory of BJP in UP is thought to have made a return to power of Narendra Modi in 2019 inevitable. If this is indeed so, what will need to happen?
Mar 05, 2017
DU, JNU: Universities have become the only platform for students to resist hard nationalismThere is no other forum today in India for students' resistance to an essentially majoritarian and thuggish ideology.
Feb 26, 2017
Congress downfall: How India's oldest party is heading towards a long and slow deathHow do political parties die? It is interesting to look at this as we observe the long and slow death of the Congress.
Feb 19, 2017
Militancy in Kashmir was never a currency problem, demonetisation hasn't reduced terrorismWhatever other success we claim for demonetisation, it is failing on the count of militancy.
Feb 12, 2017
Uma Bharti says she had rape suspects tortured: Dishonouring oath of office is not rightWhat the minister is claiming to have done is essentially a criminal act. The law and the constitution do not allow for what Uma Bharti did because the process for handling crimes is clear.
Feb 05, 2017
Donald Trump's travel ban: As US rights groups fight back, India must reflect on its own historyMany Americans felt offended by an order of their new president banning immigrants from seven nations. Donald Trump had made a campaign promise to end terrorism by stopping the entry of Muslims coming into the United States. He said this ban would remain till he could 'figure out what's going on'.
Jan 29, 2017
1984 anti-Sikh riots: Can the Centre deliver justice to victims of mass violence?How serious is the Indian government about giving justice to the victims and survivors of the Sikh massacre of 1984? It is a question that all Indians should be interested in, because it will clarify whether or not this country can ever deliver justice in acts of mass violence.
Jan 22, 2017
Why Donald Trump's assurances to the people of the US may be empty promisesUltimately, the promise Donald Trump makes of putting Americans to work will be an empty one.
Jan 15, 2017
Sushma Swaraj vs Amazon: Not the first display of insubstantial nationalismIt is a waste of national time and energy and ministers, particularly those who carry heavy responsibilities, should not participate in the circus.