Articles by Aakar Patel
May 22, 2016
Why Congress' 'Brahmin strategy' in UP won't work: The Aakar Patel columnThe Congress brand is severely tarnished, and associated with corruption, incompetence and dynasty. No voting block, no caste and no group sees the party as attractive. There is no chance that the Brahmin strategy will succeed.
May 20, 2016
What has gone wrong with Congress and how Hindutva is ready to take overLike BJP rigorously stands for its Hindutva and development agenda, what does the Congress stands for? Also, behind the cacophony of election results, we can perceive the drum beat of Hindutva.
May 15, 2016
The Aakar Patel column: Don't blame the Indian state for "black" economy, blame yourselfWe will continue to have a large 'black' economy, as long as other Indians don't pay tax. Our behaviour has to change if we are to make our country great.
May 09, 2016
The Aakar Patel column: On votes and crushing of Cong, Modi is a successA look at how Narendra Modi has performed in his first two years as prime minister of India.
May 01, 2016
The Aakar Patel column: Remake quality of education before you Make in IndiaThe first aspect of poor education Pritchett is India's primary schooling. The second aspect is the quality of higher education, particularly in specialised fields
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.
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.