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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.

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

Aug 18, 2013

Sonia Gandhi should uphold honour at the cost of Vadra

It is too late for Vadra to show himself to be above suspicion. But it isn’t late for the Gandhis to show that their moral positions are not mere posturing. #Ashok Khemka #DLF land deals #InMyOpinion #Priyanka Gandhi #Rahul Gandhi #Robert Vadra #Sonia Gandhi

Aug 11, 2013

The problem with too much religion in public spaces

The best thing is to be tolerant about the other person's faith and not aggressive about projecting your own. If all of us could manage that, it would be a much nicer world. #Hindu #IndiGo #InMyOpinion #Islam #Karachi #Secularism #Shivraj Chouhan #Shivraj Singh Chauhan

Aug 4, 2013

Numbers game: Why India needs more states and a bigger govt

India's citizens are under-represented in Parliament and Assembly and under-administered by the civil service. #Andhra Pradesh #Government #HowThisWorks #India #Indian states #Nation #Population #Telangana #Uttar Pradesh

Jul 28, 2013

Why Bhagwati’s utopian idea about Gujarat is misplaced

I think Bhagwati has in this instance succumbed to the narrow Gujarati position. Though I am also Gujarati, I think the Bengali view of Sen is the right one instead. #Amartya Sen #Gujarat Model #InMyOpinion #Jagdish Bhagwati

Jul 21, 2013

Why the BJP is the party of anger

Hindutva is defined by its negative aspects, by what others should not have or not do. It isn't really an ideology in that sense so much as an expression of resentment. #Bhartiya Janata Party #BJP #Hindutva #Narendra Modi #PoliticsDecoder #Rajnath Singh