Articles by Aakar Patel
Jul 31, 2017
BJP juggernaut rolls on but events in Karnataka and Gujarat show they are not invincibleAs the BJP swiftly picks up state after state, the Congress response has been fear and panic.
Jul 23, 2017
Karnataka flag row: Every state is allowed to have its own identity, won't hurt national unityI am a Gujarati who lives in Karnataka. Both states have individual identities. Surat, where my parents live, was an international port town till about 1700. It has a mix of people, all sorts of castes and communities, who have visited and stayed over centuries.
Jul 17, 2017
Bihar political crisis: People just don't trust Yadavs, Gandhis, Opposition facing trouble in 2019The crisis in Bihar reveals a larger problem that India’s Opposition is facing. They will continue to face this problem and it will hurt them in 2019 and the general election. The problem is credibility and I will come to that in a moment.
Jul 09, 2017
Reservation in India: Ramdas Athawale has a point, let's not dismiss his suggestion out of handTwo recent events have brought up a subject the middle class does not like: Reservation. Union minister Ramdas Athawale has asked for reservation in cricket, saying that the Indian team has a poor record. If it were to include more communities, Athawale says, it could perform better. Before we look at the issue, let's look at the data. Is Athawale right in saying that India's national team loses more than it wins? The answer is: yes.
Jul 02, 2017
Cow slaughter row: Narendra Modi has condemned gau rakshaks, but when will he act?Is gau raksha violence, meaning the killing of Indians over beef, a problem in India? If so, what can be done to solve it?
Jun 25, 2017
The Economist on Narendra Modi: Criticism a little unfair and too tough, but PM will do well to acknowledge shortcomingsIn the week that Narendra Modi is travelling to the US, The Economist has carried a negative cover story which will not please India’s prime minister. The weekly magazine's view is important because it is a conservative, business-friendly publication seen by world leaders as being authoritative on the subject of the economy.
Jun 18, 2017
India vs Pakistan Final 2017: Has hatred between two nations made cricketing rivalry less enjoyable?Do India and Pakistan enjoy cricket matches against each other? I am convinced that we don't like the experience any longer. This may have been the case once, but not in the last 25 years or so. The levels of hatred and dislike are high because of events, and kept at boiling point because of the media.
Jun 11, 2017
Three years of Narendra Modi govt: India hasn't turned intolerant, we've always been this wayOne of the things the Narendra Modi government is wrongly accused of is turning India into a sort of illiberal nation.
Jun 04, 2017
Climate change is a real and present danger; India must ensure commitment to go green isn't dilutedOver 12 lakh Indians die of pollution every year, but the danger of climate change is not the focus of our media, and because of this, there is not enough pressure on government and industry to change
May 28, 2017
China's growing influence is a problem of India's making; it's time to treat all neighbours as equalsIndia's isolation at the China-led One Belt One Road forum shows that India has failed to help her neighbours overcome their fear and distrust, and build relationships that are meaningful and based on respect and mutual interest