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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.

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

Jan 5, 2014

Why is Modi dangerous for India? Mr PM, please elaborate

I think it was incumbent on Singh, who has been prime minister for a decade and finance minister for five years to elaborate. #BJP #Congress #HowThisWorks #India #Lok Sabha Election 2014 #Manmohan Singh #Narendra Modi #Politics #Prime Minister #Rahul Gandhi

Jan 2, 2014

Modi’s mentors: Kashinath Bagwade, the personal discipline guru

Narendra Modi has revealed his inspirations in a work he wrote after he became chief minister in 2001. The book, written in Gujarati, is called Jyotipunj. In this chapter from his book of short biographies, being translated for the first time, Narendra Modi profiles the man who offered him lessons in personal discipline, disaster management and administration. #BJP #Gujarat #Indian Politics #Narendra Modi #Narendra Modi's mentors #NewsTracker #RSS

Dec 29, 2013

Religion by loudspeaker: India’s great cacophony

Festivals and other religious and community occasions are increasingly imposed on all those within earshot. And more people are forced into participating in this through the loudspeaker. #Azan #Church #JustSaying #mosque #Music #Reliqion #temple

Dec 26, 2013

Modi’s mentors: Pappaji, the doctor who adopted Sangh-think, Sangh-action

In this chapter of his book Jyotipunj, Narendra Modi pays tribute to the dentist who first expanded the RSS in Gujarat, and took its cultural message to the tribals. #BJP #Congress #Gujarat #Narendra Modi #NDA #Pappaji #Pranlal Vrajlal Doshi #UPA

Dec 23, 2013

India’s disproportionate Devyani Khobragade tantrum

Angry stories, mostly made up, were then published which claimed the diplomat was arrested in front of her children and handcuffed (both false). #BJP #Devyani Khobragade #diplomacy #India #NewsTracker #Preet Bharara #United States

Dec 19, 2013

The mentors who taught Modi his management skills

According to Modi himself, his management training has come from a management school that he thinks is as good as Harvard and Stanford. #Aakar Patel #BJP #Jyotipunj #Narendra Modi #Politics #Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh