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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.

Jul 14, 2013

What is the Modi model of governance?

Just as there is no Modi model of economics, there isn't any Modi model of governance, if by model we mean something original that can be replicated. #Gujarat #InMyOpinion #Modi's economic model #Narendra Modi #Narendra Modi government

Jul 7, 2013

Jekyll and Hyde: What is Narendra Modi’s style of governance?

What is Modi's style of governance? Recently I had an exchange with someone who has worked with Modi and observed his style of functioning. These observations are worth reproducing. #BJP #Congress #Governance #Gujarat #HowThisWorks #India #Jekyll and Hyde #Narendra Modi #Politics

Jun 30, 2013

Modi’s elevation has opened up the closed system of the BJP

From a patriarchal system where the elders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and of the party decided things, Modi has forcibly brought in elements of an open system where merit and democratic appeal inside the party will determine its direction. #Atal Bihari Vajpayee #BJP #LK Advani #Narendra Modi #Politics

Jun 23, 2013

Why a BJP with allies is better than a BJP that stands alone

The wheels have come off the Bharatiya Janata Party's 2014 campaign before Narendra Modi has had time to even take charge. #2014 elections #Bhartiya Janata Party #BJP #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Narendra Modi #News Analysis #PoliticsDecoder

Jun 16, 2013

Why LK Advani finds Modi’s coronation hard to swallow

When Modi came after Advani’s job, having created his image through demagoguery in exactly the same way Advani did, there was nobody to save poor Advani #BJP #Gujarat #HowThisWorks #LK Advani #Narendra Modi #Politics

Jun 9, 2013

The real reason behind Congress’ decimation in Gujarat bypolls

The six seats, two for the Lok Sabha and four for the state assembly, now with the Bharatiya Janata Party, were all earlier held by the Congress. #Congress #Gujarat #Gujarat bypoll results #Gujarat Elections #India #Indian National Congress #Narendra Modi #PoliticsDecoder #Sonia Gandhi

Jun 2, 2013

Why I should have been a Kapil Dev wallah, not a Gavaskar fan

Gavaskar's silence is shameful. He has become an embarrassment to his fans of decades, and as I said, I am one of them. #Cricket #IPL spot-fixing #Kapil Dev #Sports #Sunil Gavaskar

May 26, 2013

Can Nawaz Sharif finish what he began and strengthen ties with India?

The circumstances are right, and the people are in place for Sharif to finish what he tried to do in the years of his second term, talked about doing during his years in exile and opposition, and now has the chance to do in his third term. #HowThisWorks #India #Kashmir #Nawaz Sharif #Pakistan #Pakistan Army #Tablighi Jamaat #World

May 19, 2013

Why the Indian media gives a damn about poverty

In that sense the poverty line of India is cruel. It is merciless and doesn't allow the majority of Indians any money for shelter or access to education or healthcare or sanitation or anything else that civilised nations would consider as essential as food. #economic reforms #foreign funds #GDP #Poverty line #ThatsJustWrong