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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.

Dec 4, 2016

Mumbai-Ahmedabad rail corridor: Need boring leader who gets basics right; not one who dreams of bullet trains

The high speed rail network starts at Ahmedabad and comes to Surat, which is about mid way, and then to Mumbai. There is no demand from Gujaratis for a bullet train. #Ahmedabad #flyovers #Gujarat #Gujaratis #InMyOpinion #Maharashtra #Narendra Modi #PM Modi #Surat #Western Railways

Nov 30, 2016

Narendra Modi’s ideas are grand break from the past, but when will we see results?

Make in India, bullet train, Smart Cities, Swachch Bharat, surgical strike, demonetisation. All of these and other initiatives of Modi share a pattern. They represent a grand break from the past. They promise to rip away the old and decayed and replace it with something new and better. #Bullet Train #Demonetisation #InMyOpinion #LoC #Make In India #Narendra Modi #Pakistan #smart cities #Surgical Strike #Swachch bharat

Nov 20, 2016

Demonetisation: Narendra Modi governs like a general, but does he have a ‘grip’ on India?

With the country in a crisis that directly affects not a handful of people (as terrorism does) but hundreds of millions, we will know if Modi has grip. #BJP #CriticalPoint #currency note ban #Demonetisation #Manmohan Singh #Narendra Modi #Sanjay Gandhi #Terrorism

Nov 13, 2016

India-Japan’s bullet train deal will cost more than education, health: It’s more of a vanity project

It will help to have a functional and safe airport in Surat that connects it to the rest of the world, rather than a bullet train taking one only to and from Mumbai. #Ahmedabad #BJP #Bullet Train #CriticalPoint #Gujarat #India #Japan #Mumbai #Narendra Modi #Shinzo Abe #Vadodara

Nov 6, 2016

Arnab’s resignation and NDTV India ban shows we live in the age of ‘selfie journalism’

We will be left in a world of journalism that is entirely populated by Arnab and anchors like him, competing on the basis of passion and anger, and by people who pull out their phone and tweet a comment without first hand information. It will be a frightening world. #Arnab Goswami #Arnab Goswami's resignation #CriticalPoint #Glenn Beck #Indian media #Narendra Modi #NDTV India #Newspapers in India #The India Express

Oct 30, 2016

Year 2040: Technology will have changed the world in an unimaginable way

Experts are predicting the coming of something called the technological singularity. In simple terms this refers to two things. First, that artificial intelligence that is smarter than humans will be created in the future. And second that this intelligence will sort out problems at a pace that humans cannot. #Japan #Robots #Shareworthy #Technology #Year 2040

Oct 23, 2016

IT sector’s transformation comes when India is struggling to create jobs: Is it in a downward spiral?

First, this means that even if India's IT companies are able to retain their market share of software work, it is going to be automated, meaning requiring less employees. #Automation #CriticalPoint #India #Infosys #IT companies #IT Sector in India #Mohandas Pai #TCS #Unemployment

Oct 16, 2016

Uniform civil code: Triple talaq, polygamy might be ground on which Hindutva asserts itself

It is felt that polygamy is the instrument through which Muslims reproduce faster than Hindus and at some point will become a majority. #BJP #CriticalPoint #Hindu marriages #Hindutva #left liberals #liberals #Muslim marriages #Polygamy #Ramachandra Guha #triple talaq #Uniform Civil Code

Oct 9, 2016

India can become a ‘great power’ if it gets health, education and governance right

Even in 2016, India is distracted by things like anti-national slogans, skirmishing with neighbours and issues of culture and identity. Mob violence and lynchings are common and it doesn’t really matter which government is in power. Till we get these basics rights, our march towards becoming a great power will remain slow. #Economy of India #India #India's GDP #India's GDP growth #Indian Economy #InMyOpinion

Oct 2, 2016

Headed for a war? The long term implications of India’s attack on Pakistan

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered retaliation, the conflict seems to be contained. India used very cautious language when announcing the surgical strike. We also assured Pakistan and the world we were not planning further action. #Army #border #India #InMyOpinion #Kargil #Kashmir #LoC #Narendra Modi #Pakistan #Uri