Articles by Aakar Patel
Sep 04, 2016
English or mother tongue in schools? A difficult question for PM Modi under RSS pressureIn Gujarat, the RSS has blocked teaching of English in government schools till Class V, by when it is too late. Modi's solution, which he explained to me, was to have some subjects taught in Gujarati and others in English.
Aug 28, 2016
India won't benefit from demographic dividend: Mass unemployment, unrest looms aheadIn four years, India will have the world's largest population of working people, about 87 crore in all. When nations reach a high ratio of such people, they are expected to earn something called a demographic dividend.
Aug 21, 2016
True nationalism: Ten ways in which you can show your love for IndiaIt is time to remind ourselves what true nationalism actually means. This is how you can show your love for your country.
Aug 14, 2016
Rio Olympics 2016: It's not the external world that is stopping Indians from winning medals, it is our cultureReading the reports of our flop performance at the Olympics, one might think it has come as a surprise that we are so poor at sports.
Aug 07, 2016
GST legislation is fine, but the absence of other major reforms will harm Indian economyWhat exactly are the big bang reforms left to be legislated in a country which is no longer socialist?
Aug 02, 2016
Anandiben Patel's resignation: Is the Bharatiya Janata Party in trouble in Gujarat?The Gandhis seem happy with permanently coming second in Gujarat (though Arvind Kejriwal might have a thing or two to say about that soon). If they remain second and pick up an extra seat here or there because of the BJP's current woes, their chamchas will declare victory on the channels.
Jul 31, 2016
Arnab Goswami is overly powerful? Blame highly subsidised news and power imbalance in IndiaI would say yes, especially English anchors like Times Now's Arnab Goswami. By powerful I mean that they can influence what should be debated daily and what is important.
Jul 23, 2016
Sachin Tendulkar, Lata Mangeshkar didn't deserve their Bharat RatnasIs this how a Bharat Ratna is supposed to behave? To put their individual need and selfishness above the needs of the many?
Jul 17, 2016
Jammu and Kashmir, Adivasi belt and North East; why the middle class ignores India's conflict areasThe 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.
Jul 10, 2016
Cabinet reshuffle: How PM Modi is practicing the Gujarat model of governance at the CentreFour 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).