Articles by Aakar Patel
Apr 25, 2016
The Aakar Patel column: Not so much if we’ll have Congress-free India, but whenIn 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?
Apr 17, 2016
The Aakar Patel column: Gurgaon turns to Gurugram, but a new name doesn’t make a city betterThe 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
Apr 10, 2016
The Aakar Patel column: It’s a bogus argument that prohibition produces a better and more moral societyProhibition 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.
Apr 03, 2016
The Aakar Patel column: Why I’ll be very surprised if Kulbhushan Jadhav turns out to be a RAW agentKulbhushan Jadhav was carrying his Indian passport; RAW agents, just like CIA, Mossad and ISI agents, are posted in embassies, with diplomatic passports.
May 25, 2014
Four things Gandhis should do after Modi takes charge as PMThe 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.
May 17, 2014
Why no opposition will be strong enough for Modi in Lok SabhaMore 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.
May 11, 2014
Why Kejriwal's decision to take on Modi in Varanasi is wrongThe 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.
May 04, 2014
Tyrant or team-player? BJP numbers will define Modi as PMIf 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.
Apr 27, 2014
Hatred and Hindutva: Togadia is, as Modi said, merely an irritantModi's tweet addresses how Togadia's words are a hindrance to the campaign but avoid discussing the hardliner stance created under his governance
Apr 21, 2014
For Modi, Vadodara seat is safety net for Varanasi gambleVaranasi is a very fragmented constituency and its voting patterns are not predictable.