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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.

May 1, 2016

The Aakar Patel column: Remake quality of education before you Make in India

The first aspect of poor education Pritchett is India's primary schooling. The second aspect is the quality of higher education, particularly in specialised fields #Education #Employment #Gujarat University #InMyOpinion #Make In India #MS University #Narendra Modi

Apr 25, 2016

The Aakar Patel column: Not so much if we’ll have Congress-free India, but when

In the general election campaign of 2014, we first heard the BJP call for a Congress-mukt Bharat. How far has the BJP delivered on its promise? #Assam #Assembly Elections #BJP #Congress #Congress Mukt Bharat #InMyOpinion #Karnataka #Kerala #Politics #polls #Rahul Gandhi #Sonia Gandhi #Uttarakhand #West Bengal

Apr 17, 2016

The Aakar Patel column: Gurgaon turns to Gurugram, but a new name doesn’t make a city better

The BJP has changed another name, turning Gurgaon into Gurugram. The RSS has been using the name Gurugram for a long time and the government has followed its lead #Aakar Patel #Bangalore #Bengaluru #BJP #Bombay Mumbai #Calcutta #Chennai #Gurgaon #Gurugram #InMyOpinion #Kolkata #Madras #renaming cities #Shiv Sena

Apr 10, 2016

The Aakar Patel column: It’s a bogus argument that prohibition produces a better and more moral society

Prohibition will, of course, ultimately fail in Bihar as it has failed in Gujarat. It may remain as a law, but drinkers will find a way around that law, the police will become criminalised and the state will miss out on revenue. #Alcohol #alcohol prohibition #bIhar #Bihar Alcohol Ban #Brahmanism #Brahmin #InMyOpinion #MK Gandhi #MN Srinivasan #Nitish Kumar #Sanskritic

Apr 3, 2016

The Aakar Patel column: Why I’ll be very surprised if Kulbhushan Jadhav turns out to be a RAW agent

Kulbhushan Jadhav was carrying his Indian passport; RAW agents, just like CIA, Mossad and ISI agents, are posted in embassies, with diplomatic passports. #CIA #Dushanbe #InMyOpinion #Intelligence Bureau #ISI #Kulbhushan Jadhav #Mossad #NSA Ajit Doval #RAW

May 25, 2014

Four things Gandhis should do after Modi takes charge as PM

The Gandhis have chosen to hide behind their ministers and chamchas, which was fine when they were in power. Now, stripped of it and of much of their aura, they must show they can do politics in the way it needs to be done in India. #Narendra Modi #PoliticsDecoder #Pranab Mukherjee #Rahul Gandhi #Sonia Gandhi

May 17, 2014

Why no opposition will be strong enough for Modi in Lok Sabha

More interestingly, the 55 or so seats that the allies bring to the National Democratic Alliance give Modi leverage inside the BJP. He can afford to alienate or push away those elements inimical to him or his policies. #BJP #HowThisWorks #Lok Sabha #Lok Sabha Election Results 2014 #Manmohan Singh #Narendra Modi #parliament #policies #Rahul Gandhi #Sonia Gandhi

May 11, 2014

Why Kejriwal’s decision to take on Modi in Varanasi is wrong

The Aam Admi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal was brilliant tactically in going after Narendra Modi in Varanasi. But here's why he should have picked another seat to contest from. #AAP #Arvind Kejriwal #BJP #Congress #ConnectTheDots #Lok Sabha #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Narendra Modi #parliament #Priyanka Gandhi #Rahul Gandhi #Sonia Gandhi

May 4, 2014

Tyrant or team-player? BJP numbers will define Modi as PM

If the BJP wins only 180-odd seats, Modi faces a challenge like never before. The man who has only ever worked with a two-thirds majority will have to reinvent himself as a person and leader. #Cabinet #Gujarat #InMyOpinion #Jaitley #LK Advani #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Ministries #Narendra Modi #NDA #sushma swaraj #UPA