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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.

Jul 23, 2016

Sachin Tendulkar, Lata Mangeshkar didn’t deserve their Bharat Ratnas

Is this how a Bharat Ratna is supposed to behave? To put their individual need and selfishness above the needs of the many? #Asha Bhosle #InMyOpinion #Lata Mangeshkar #Muhammad Ali #Rajya Sabha #Sachin Tendulkar

Jul 17, 2016

Jammu and Kashmir, Adivasi belt and North East; why the middle class ignores India’s conflict areas

The Indian middle class has ignored the three conflicts areas - Jammu and Kashmir, the Adivasi belt of central India and the tribal belt of North East. #Adivasi #Central India #conflict areas #Indian Middle Class #InMyOpinion #Jammu and Kashmir #Kashmir unrest #North East

Jul 10, 2016

Cabinet reshuffle: How PM Modi is practicing the Gujarat model of governance at the Centre

Four ministers who consistently get ranked highly are Piyush Goel (power, coal, new and renewable energy), Nirmala Sitharaman (commerce and industry), Dharmendra Pradhan (petroleum and natural gas) and Prakash Javadekar (environment). #Cabinet #Dharmendra Pradhan #Gujarat Model #Javadekar #Modi #Nirmala Sitharaman #PoliticsDecoder

Jul 3, 2016

The curious case of soaring real estate and property prices in Indian cities

It is a very strange thing, the price of real estate in India, and I wish someone would explain to me why this mismatch of value in this one area exists. #Bengaluru #Delhi #Indian rupee value #InMyOpinion #Lutyens Delhi #Mumbai #Real estate #South Mumbai

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