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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.

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

Sep 15, 2013

As BJP’s PM candidate, Modi has chosen to do the brave thing

The BJP's one-man one-post rule, which was bent when Modi was made campaign chairman, is now broken. #2014 Lok Sabha polls #BJP #InMyOpinion #Narendra Modi

Sep 8, 2013

How some rare history books help reconstruct our past

I am constantly reminded of this as I look for books that were first printed in the centuries before us. #Baburnama #Books #history #JustSaying #Moghul empire #Reading history #Roman Empire

Sep 1, 2013

Why Muslims lag behind in white collar jobs

In my opinion there are two reasons, that have kept Muslim participation in white collar jobs low. First is caste. #Caste #HowThisWorks #India #Muslims #NSSO data #White collar jobs

Aug 25, 2013

The poll math: Can BJP win enough seats to oust Congress?

How many seats does the Bharatiya Janata Party under Narendra Modi need to win to form the government? #Atal Bihari Vajpayee #BJP #Congress #India #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Narendra Modi