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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.

Mar 16, 2014

Why the judicial system’s fear of mobs is frightening

I do not understand what collective conscience is and how it is to be measured for extreme or moderate revulsion. #Afzal Guru #High Courts #InMyOpininon #Sahara India #Supreme Court

Mar 13, 2014

Modi’s mentors: KK Shastri, the scholar who helped save the Gujarati language

KK Shastri was one of the greatest scholars of the Gujarati language. Shastri also led the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Gujarat, and died in 2006 at the age of 101 #Gujarat #KK Shastri #Modi #Modi's mentors #Narendra Modi #Narendra Modi's mentors #WhoIsThis

Mar 10, 2014

Reading Narendra Modi: Pity a PM candidate is so full of himself

It is not easy to swallow the idea that someone so full of petty bombast is the prime ministerial candidate of the party most likely to win the next election. #interviews #Nai Duniya #Narendra Modi #Rajdeep Sardesai #Shahid Siddiqui

Mar 6, 2014

Modi’s Mentors: Anantrao Kale, who gifted Gujarat many a school

Narendra Modi writes in this chapter of Juotipunj of Anantrao Kale, the educationist who set up many schools in Gujarat. Modi spent the mid-70s working with Kale to ensure the Janata Party's win after the Emergency, only to be disappointed by their subsequent attack on the RSS. #Anantrao Kale #Gujarat #Modi #Modi's mentors #Narendra Modi #Narendra Modi's mentors #WhoIsThis

Mar 2, 2014

BJP’s rise rooted in hate, why Rajnath’s apology to Muslims is welcome

Muslims and other Indians wary of religious division look at the BJP with alarm. This is why is it right for the party to reach out to them and assure them that they may have done something wrong in the past. #apology #Ayodhya #Bharatiya Janata Party #BJP #Gujarat #Hindus #Hindutva #InMyOpinion #Kashmir #Lok Sabha Election 2014 #Mandir-Masjid #Muslims #Narendra Modi #Rajnath Singh #Uniform Civil Code

Feb 28, 2014

Modi’s Mentors: Keshavrao Deshmukh, who revamped RSS in Gujarat

The RSS is an eight-decade old institution focussed on character-building. It is enough for a human to become humane, that is the mantra adopted. #BJP #Modi'sMentors #Narendra Modi's mentors #RSS #WhoIsThis

Feb 23, 2014

Why there’s nothing wrong in releasing Rajiv Gandhi’s killers

This “rarest of rare” business is something few really understand and the fact is that Indian courts keep sentencing so many people to death that rarest of rare has lost meaning. #Death sentence #InMyOpinion #Life imprisonment #Manmohan Singh #Rahul Gandhi #Rajiv Gandhi #Rajiv Gandhi killers #SC #Sonia Gandhi #Tamil Nadu #Tamil Nadu Government

Feb 20, 2014

Modi’s mentors: Inamdar, who shaped his ideas of Hindu-Muslim relations

Modi also wrote a poem for him, titled The debt to the Rishi'. Modi's stark view of Hindu-Muslim relations appears to come from this mentor, affectionately Vakilsaheb. #BJP #Gujarat CM #India #Modi #Modi's mentors #Narendra Modi #RSS

Feb 16, 2014

Why we can’t blame just Penguin for pulping Doniger’s book

We must not blame the law here. The problem is expecting that a benevolent and broadminded judiciary will thread the needle. #Books #India #Penguin #Section 295 A #The Hindus: An Alternative History #ToTheContrary #Wendy Doniger

Feb 13, 2014

Modi’s Mentors: Bachubhai Bhagat, the RSS mainstay for five decades

The RSS was not a river, and hardly a stream, when Bachubhai immersed himself into it as a student. #Bachubhai Bhagat #BJP #Gujarat #Modi's mentors #Narendra Modi #PoliticalPlay #RSS