Articles by Aakar Patel
Oct 09, 2016
India can become a 'great power' if it gets health, education and governance rightEven in 2016, India is distracted by things like anti-national slogans, skirmishing with neighbours and issues of culture and identity. Mob violence and lynchings are common and it doesn’t really matter which government is in power. Till we get these basics rights, our march towards becoming a great power will remain slow.
Oct 02, 2016
Headed for a war? The long term implications of India's attack on PakistanAfter Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered retaliation, the conflict seems to be contained. India used very cautious language when announcing the surgical strike. We also assured Pakistan and the world we were not planning further action.
Sep 24, 2016
PM Modi would do well to ignore media when deciding course of action towards PakistanReality is different from what is happening inside the TV sets. If he switched it off, it would go away. PM Modi should so the same thing.
Sep 18, 2016
Waning audiences, limited stars and Pakistan: Why Bollywood is not living up to its potentialBollywood is not growing though it has great potential. It seems destined, along with the rest of India's economy, to be showing promise that it cannot match through delivery.
Sep 11, 2016
Ignoring the real issues: Why the media has stopped reporting on dowry deathsThe media, particularly the national media and especially the English media, do not report stories on dowry deaths any longer.
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?