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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.

Apr 14, 2014

BJP should think again before revising India’s nuclear programme

Its manifesto says the “BJP believes that the strategic gains acquired by India during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee regime on the nuclear programme have been frittered away by the Congress.” #AB Vajpayee #BJP #Congress #LK Advani #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Manmohan Singh #Nuclear power

Apr 6, 2014

Cong can no longer deny it: It’s drowning under the Modi wave

Is there a Modi wave and is this an election different from others? Or is the imminent thrashing of the ruling party the result of an anti-Congress vote? #Bhartiya Janata Party #BJP #Congress #Lok Sabha 2014 #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Modi #Narendra Modi #PoliticsDecoder #Sonia Gandhi

Mar 30, 2014

RSS view of Muslims as traitors, enemies is behind Modi’s Pak agent comment

Modi cannot resist making this comment though he does not need to go the communal route in this election. The Congress is on the ropes beccause of its record on corruption, legislation and governance. #Arvind Kejriwal #Foreign policy #InMyOpinion #Muslims #Narendra Modi #NDA #Pakistan #Pakistan agent #South Asian Muslims #UPA

Mar 23, 2014

Narendra Modi or not, opportunistic politics will govern India

In some ways the UPA had ceased being 'progressive', the quaint term used to allude to leftism, after the exit of the Communists. #2014 Lok Sabha Elections #HowThisWorks #J Jayalaithaa #NDA #UPA

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