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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.

Nov 17, 2013

Academic observer or mass leader? Rahul must find his Gandhi charisma

The responsibility for the poor response to Gandhi's rallies lies with himself. He could deliver his message, even if it is granular and more subtle than Modi's, with more conviction. #Congress #Gandhi family #Narendra Modi #NDA #Rahul Gandhi #UPA

Nov 10, 2013

Why the rise of AAP in Delhi is good news for Modi

If such a party, on the basis of such a platform, can win a large chunk of urban votes, so can Modi. This is because one crucial aspect of the appeal of the BJP's prime ministerial candidate is aimed at the sort of person who is excited by the AAP. #2014 Lok Sabha Elections #Aam Aadmi Party #Arvind Kejriwal #BJP #Congress #Corruption #Delhi Elections 2013 #InMyOpinion #Narendra Modi

Oct 27, 2013

UP will vote along communal lines. Here’s why

Even though the thought is unpleasant, the reality is that UP will vote along communal lines in the coming election, just as it did in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid's demolition. #Bahujan Samaj Party #Bhartiya Janata Party #BSP #communalism #Congress #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #parliament #PoliticsDecoder #Samajwadi Party #States #UP #Uttar Pradesh

Oct 20, 2013

In the Modi vs Rahul clamour, real issues are missed

The Congress party, which has had a bad couple of years, is moving the debate away from policies and performance. Its leaders at the moment appear more interested in speaking about the consequences of having Narendra Modi in Delhi, rather than revisiting their decade in power. #2014 Lok Sabha Elections #Congress party #Corruption #InMyOpinion #Narendra Modi #Rahul Gandhi #Sonia Gandhi

Oct 6, 2013

Modi to Mamata: India’s ‘single’ CMs at the forefront this election

The never-married leader is almost unique to India among large democracies, and we have many of them operating at the highest level of politics. #India #Jayalalithaa #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Mamata Banerjee #Mayawati #Narendra Modi #Naveen Patnaik #Never married #Poltics #Single leaders

Sep 30, 2013

Lessons from Surat: No work is done without Modi

Unless the big man is working on your problem, it won't get solved. Alas, as we found out in the 2006 flood, even that may not sometimes work. #Ahmedabad #Gujarat #India #InMyOpinion #Narendra Modi #Politics #Surat

Sep 22, 2013

Only the unthinking, emotional Indian sees value in death penalty

The crowd takes offense even when it is not the victim, and feels entitled to join in handing out punishment. #BJP #Death Penalty #hanging #India #LK Advani #Munna Rai #OnOurMind #Rape #Ravishankar Prasad #sushma swaraj