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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.

May 25, 2014

Four things Gandhis should do after Modi takes charge as PM

The Gandhis have chosen to hide behind their ministers and chamchas, which was fine when they were in power. Now, stripped of it and of much of their aura, they must show they can do politics in the way it needs to be done in India. #Narendra Modi #PoliticsDecoder #Pranab Mukherjee #Rahul Gandhi #Sonia Gandhi

May 17, 2014

Why no opposition will be strong enough for Modi in Lok Sabha

More interestingly, the 55 or so seats that the allies bring to the National Democratic Alliance give Modi leverage inside the BJP. He can afford to alienate or push away those elements inimical to him or his policies. #BJP #HowThisWorks #Lok Sabha #Lok Sabha Election Results 2014 #Manmohan Singh #Narendra Modi #parliament #policies #Rahul Gandhi #Sonia Gandhi

May 11, 2014

Why Kejriwal’s decision to take on Modi in Varanasi is wrong

The Aam Admi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal was brilliant tactically in going after Narendra Modi in Varanasi. But here's why he should have picked another seat to contest from. #AAP #Arvind Kejriwal #BJP #Congress #ConnectTheDots #Lok Sabha #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Narendra Modi #parliament #Priyanka Gandhi #Rahul Gandhi #Sonia Gandhi

May 4, 2014

Tyrant or team-player? BJP numbers will define Modi as PM

If the BJP wins only 180-odd seats, Modi faces a challenge like never before. The man who has only ever worked with a two-thirds majority will have to reinvent himself as a person and leader. #Cabinet #Gujarat #InMyOpinion #Jaitley #LK Advani #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Ministries #Narendra Modi #NDA #sushma swaraj #UPA

Apr 27, 2014

Hatred and Hindutva: Togadia is, as Modi said, merely an irritant

Modi's tweet addresses how Togadia's words are a hindrance to the campaign but avoid discussing the hardliner stance created under his governance #BJP #Gujarat #Hindutva #India #InMyOpinion #Narendra Modi #Politics #Praveen Togadia #RSS #VHP

Apr 21, 2014

For Modi, Vadodara seat is safety net for Varanasi gamble

Varanasi is a very fragmented constituency and its voting patterns are not predictable. #Baroda #BJP #Congress #InMyOpinion #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Narendra Modi #Politics #Varanasi

Apr 14, 2014

BJP should think again before revising India’s nuclear programme

Its manifesto says the “BJP believes that the strategic gains acquired by India during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee regime on the nuclear programme have been frittered away by the Congress.” #AB Vajpayee #BJP #Congress #LK Advani #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Manmohan Singh #Nuclear power

Apr 6, 2014

Cong can no longer deny it: It’s drowning under the Modi wave

Is there a Modi wave and is this an election different from others? Or is the imminent thrashing of the ruling party the result of an anti-Congress vote? #Bhartiya Janata Party #BJP #Congress #Lok Sabha 2014 #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Modi #Narendra Modi #PoliticsDecoder #Sonia Gandhi

Mar 30, 2014

RSS view of Muslims as traitors, enemies is behind Modi’s Pak agent comment

Modi cannot resist making this comment though he does not need to go the communal route in this election. The Congress is on the ropes beccause of its record on corruption, legislation and governance. #Arvind Kejriwal #Foreign policy #InMyOpinion #Muslims #Narendra Modi #NDA #Pakistan #Pakistan agent #South Asian Muslims #UPA

Mar 23, 2014

Narendra Modi or not, opportunistic politics will govern India

In some ways the UPA had ceased being 'progressive', the quaint term used to allude to leftism, after the exit of the Communists. #2014 Lok Sabha Elections #HowThisWorks #J Jayalaithaa #NDA #UPA