Articles by Aakar Patel
Nov 12, 2017
GST rates appear arbitrary and illogical, State seems to be taking citizens for grantedThe Goods and Services Tax (GST) has 7 slabs: 0 percent, .25 percent, 3 percent, 5 percent, 12 percent, 18 percent and 28 percent. The rate at which things are taxed is decided by the GST Council, which has representation from the Union government and the states.
Nov 05, 2017
Narendra Modi, NDA must answer P Chidambaram's criticism; riding solely on Hindutva spells troubleIf the Narendra Modi-led NDA's 'ideology' is just Hindutva with random acts on economics and foreign policy then we are in deeper trouble than we think
Oct 29, 2017
Sushma Swaraj's reliance on Twitter encourages 'bogus' durbari culture; grievances should be redressed without intervention of ministersWhy do visas require the intervention of a Union minister of India? Does any civilised nation assure visas like Sushma Swaraj does over Twitter?
Oct 22, 2017
S Sreesanth doesn't need to prove his loyalty, has every right to practice trade elsewhereNone of us has the right to tell S Sreesanth what to do with his career and talent and it is cowardly and childish to expect him to hold the torch of our bogus cricket patriotism.
Oct 15, 2017
Supreme Court's decision banning sale of fire crackers a knee-jerk reaction to a serious problemHow will one day's crackers change pollution levels? And why limit such genius solutions to just the capital when it is demonstrably true that the issue of air pollution and pollution in general is one that affects all of India?
Oct 08, 2017
Las Vegas shooting was not an act of terror, say police: Is 'terrorist' label selectively applied to Indian Muslims?A few days ago, an American in Las Vegas killed 58 strangers at a concert. He shot into the crowd for over an hour and wounded over 500 people.
Oct 01, 2017
Yashwant Sinha-Arun Jaitley fiasco shows that BJP is becoming arrogant like Indira-era CongressBoth, Arun Jaitley and Yashwant Sinha, are to be blamed here, no matter what the content of the attack is.
Sep 24, 2017
If Hindus want to celebrate their religion, they would do well to open their places of worship to allIn India, mosques, churches and gurudwaras are open to all. I'd encourage Hindus to visit their local mosque. They will be welcomed and will find it rewarding, whether or not they are interested in Islam.
Sep 17, 2017
India's policy towards Rohingya refugees is disappointing and unbecoming of a great democracyThe coldness with which the Indian government has responded to the brutality against the Rohingya population is disappointing to me.
Sep 10, 2017
Gauri Lankesh's assassins will likely never be caught because India's police hasn't kept up with the timesBut the police is still operating in a system that was instituted by the British to manage neighbourhood 'law and order' rather than solving crime through detection.