Articles by Aakar Patel
Jan 08, 2017
Countries like UK spend taxpayers' money on healthcare, but India invests it in toysIndia is a poor nation that last year spent Rs 59,000 crore buying 36 fighter planes and this year is spending Rs 99,000 crore on a bullet train.
Jan 01, 2017
Despite demonetisation, Modi may just hold on in 2017 just like Nehru, Indira did in 50sCharisma, credibility and narrative are still on Narendra Modi's side; the Opposition will have to work hard to convert the voters' disaffection into anger
Dec 25, 2016
Demonetisation: Narendra Modi and his exceptional talent of courting public opinionNo leader in India and perhaps no other political figure in any modern democracy could have survived the demonetisation crisis for seven weeks as Narendra Modi has.
Dec 18, 2016
Demonetisation: Opposition fails to capitalise on govt's poor management of crisisThe issue being debated is of course demonetisation, an exercise that has entered the second fortnight of its second month. Banks are still relatively low on supply, ATMs are still often not fully stocked with the right bills.
Dec 11, 2016
Demonetisation: Will Modi's decisive style of working prove his decision successful?On the basis of this summary, Modi takes a decision and this is then executed through the administration. This style seems to have worked well for Modi because he is thought of as being a good chief minister in his 12 years in Gujarat
Dec 04, 2016
Mumbai-Ahmedabad rail corridor: Need boring leader who gets basics right; not one who dreams of bullet trainsThe 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.
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.
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.
Nov 13, 2016
India-Japan's bullet train deal will cost more than education, health: It's more of a vanity projectIt 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.
Nov 06, 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.