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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.

Jun 26, 2016

Brexit: A look at the long history of the struggle for unification of Europe

The project to make a European Union is the oldest in the world. The British exit from the union is the latest episode in this project. #Alexander #Brexit #Britain #Crusades #didyouknow #Europe #France #Germany #history #Hitler #Istanbul #Julius Caesar #Napoléon #Rome #UK #United Kingdom #World

Jun 19, 2016

Smriti Irani has her task cut out: India’s never had a good record on human resource development

Even though Smriti Irani believes new things are being done for the first time under the HRD ministry, many great people have done the job she is doing today and all have failed. #Abul Kalam Azad #Education #Gujarat #HRD Ministry #Human Resource Development #InMyOpinion #Pratham #primary education #Smriti Irani

Jun 12, 2016

Not just govt, but reform of society makes nations richer with higher per capita GDP

Reform of society, much more than reform of government, is what has made nations rich and made their per capita GDP high. #developing country #Goods and Services Tax #InMyOpinion #per capita economy #per capita GDP #Raghuram Rajan

Jun 6, 2016

Unlike her son, Sonia Gandhi has experience to nurse a wounded Congress back to health

Sonia Gandhi lost the last election very badly, but she knows and has experience of what is needed to nurse a wounded Congress back to health. Does Rahul? No #BJP #Congress #Congress President #CriticalPoint #PM Narendra Modi #Rahul Gandhi #Sonia Gandhi

May 29, 2016

Pay money to get rid of your sins? Religion in India has become a business: The Aakar Patel column

Till we stop seeing religion as transactional and for selfish reasons, the reformation that transformed Europe will not happen here. #Andhra Pradesh #Charity #Christianity #Church #CriticalPoint #God #Hinduism #India #Money #N. Chandrababu Naidu #Pope #Religion #Shareworthy #sin #temples

May 26, 2016

#ModiNext3Years: What the PM must do to secure another term in 2019

What should Narendra Modi do over the next three years? The answer to that question depends on what he has done so far, or is thought to have done. #2019 General Elections #BJP #Congress #Foreign policy #GDP #NDA #PM Modi two years

May 22, 2016

Why Congress’ ‘Brahmin strategy’ in UP won’t work: The Aakar Patel column

The Congress brand is severely tarnished, and associated with corruption, incompetence and dynasty. No voting block, no caste and no group sees the party as attractive. There is no chance that the Brahmin strategy will succeed. #Brahmins #Congress #ConnectTheDots #Lok Sabha #Narendra Modi #Nitish Kumar #Prashant Kishore #Priyanka #Rahul Gandhi #Uttar Pradesh

May 20, 2016

What has gone wrong with Congress and how Hindutva is ready to take over

Like BJP rigorously stands for its Hindutva and development agenda, what does the Congress stands for? Also, behind the cacophony of election results, we can perceive the drum beat of Hindutva. #2016 Assam Assembly Elections #2016 West Bengal Assembly Elections #AIADMK #Assam Assembly Elections 2016 #BJP #Congress #Hindutva #InMyOpinion #Narendra Modi #NewsTracker #Rahul Gandhi #TMC #West Bengal Assembly elections 2016

May 15, 2016

The Aakar Patel column: Don’t blame the Indian state for “black” economy, blame yourself

We will continue to have a large 'black' economy, as long as other Indians don't pay tax. Our behaviour has to change if we are to make our country great. #Black economy #BRICS countries #Direct Taxes #GDP #Income tax #Indian Tax Payers #InMyOpinion #MIddle Class #OECD nations