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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.

Feb 9, 2014

Why Kolkata’s reading habit beats Mumbai, Gujarat hollow

It operates on a scale that is impressive even by global standards, but it is local in a way #Gujarat #Jyoti Basu #Kolkata Book Fair #Mumbai #OnOurMind #Sudipto Gupta

Feb 7, 2014

Modi’s Mentors: Babubhai Oza, the other OBC luminary of RSS

Shri Babubhai Oza was for years in the senior-most position in the Gujarat RSS. Because of his last name (AP: Ozas are a Brahmin community in Gujarat) and the fact of his position in the RSS, it was assumed by others that he was a Brahmin. But since the RSS did not acknowledge caste, this was not taken seriously. #Babubhai Oza #BJP #Gujarat #Modi's mentors #Narendra Modi #PoliticalPlay #RSS

Feb 2, 2014

Why the Congress party needs the Gandhis at the helm

It is difficult to imagine the Congress party without the family being in-charge, and there is not even a whiff of rebellion in the ranks though the Congress is headed for a defeat in the 2014 elections. #Congress #India #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Nehru #PoliticalPlay #Politics #Rahul Gandhi #Sharad Pawar

Feb 1, 2014

Modi’s mentors: Vanikar who fought against conversions

In this chapter of his book Jyotipunj, Narendra Modi writes about the founder of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Gujarat. Dr Vishwanath Vanikar quickly made the VHP a popular and public-funded organisation, and worked in the tribal areas, resisting conversions. #BJP #Gujarat #Modi's mentors #Narendra Modi #RSS #VHP #Vishwanath Vanikar

Jan 26, 2014

Why so few Muslims are IAS officers: Poor participation in civil service exams

Muslim groups must study this data on participation of the community's young men and women in the civil service exams and see how to improve their position. #Bharatiya Janata Party #civil service examinations #Congress #IAS #Muslims #Union Public Service Commission

Jan 23, 2014

Modi’s Mentors: Vasudevrao Talwalkar, the man who lived for RSS

An entire generation of those whom Vasudevrao Talwalkar raised in the Sangh misses him today. And we, who were sheltered in the shadow of this gigantic tree, are forever indebted to him. #GoodReads #Narendra Modi #Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh #Sangh #Vasudevrao Talwalkar

Jan 16, 2014

Modi’s Mentors: Vasantbhai, the man who taught Modi his ‘principles’

Before he was 24, Modi was made the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's Pracharak for Ahmedabad city. This was in the period leading up to Indira Gandhi's Emergency, and the Navnirman agitation in Gujarat. Vasantrao Gajendragadkar was Modi's mentor in these days. #BJP #Congress #Guruji #Jyotipunj #Narendra Modi's mentors #UPA #Vasantrao Gajendragadkar

Jan 9, 2014

Narendra Modi’s mentor: Madhukarrao Bhagwat

In this chapter of his book Jyotipunj, Modi writes fondly about meeting him at age 20, and staying with him during his third year of RSS training. #BookExcerpt #Chandrapur #Gujarat #Jyotipunj #LK Advani #Madhukarrao #Mohanrao Bhagwat #Narendra Modi #NewsTracker #Politics #RSS
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