Articles by Aakar Patel
Mar 23, 2014
Narendra Modi or not, opportunistic politics will govern IndiaIn some ways the UPA had ceased being 'progressive', the quaint term used to allude to leftism, after the exit of the Communists.
Mar 16, 2014
Why the judicial system's fear of mobs is frighteningI do not understand what collective conscience is and how it is to be measured for extreme or moderate revulsion.
Mar 13, 2014
Modi's mentors: KK Shastri, the scholar who helped save the Gujarati languageKK Shastri was one of the greatest scholars of the Gujarati language. Shastri also led the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Gujarat, and died in 2006 at the age of 101
Mar 10, 2014
Reading Narendra Modi: Pity a PM candidate is so full of himselfIt is not easy to swallow the idea that someone so full of petty bombast is the prime ministerial candidate of the party most likely to win the next election.
Mar 06, 2014
Modi's Mentors: Anantrao Kale, who gifted Gujarat many a schoolNarendra Modi writes in this chapter of Juotipunj of Anantrao Kale, the educationist who set up many schools in Gujarat. Modi spent the mid-70s working with Kale to ensure the Janata Party's win after the Emergency, only to be disappointed by their subsequent attack on the RSS.
Mar 02, 2014
BJP's rise rooted in hate, why Rajnath's apology to Muslims is welcomeMuslims and other Indians wary of religious division look at the BJP with alarm. This is why is it right for the party to reach out to them and assure them that they may have done something wrong in the past.
Feb 28, 2014
Modi's Mentors: Keshavrao Deshmukh, who revamped RSS in GujaratThe RSS is an eight-decade old institution focussed on character-building. It is enough for a human to become humane, that is the mantra adopted.
Feb 23, 2014
Why there's nothing wrong in releasing Rajiv Gandhi's killersThis “rarest of rare” business is something few really understand and the fact is that Indian courts keep sentencing so many people to death that rarest of rare has lost meaning.
Feb 20, 2014
Modi's mentors: Inamdar, who shaped his ideas of Hindu-Muslim relationsModi also wrote a poem for him, titled The debt to the Rishi'. Modi's stark view of Hindu-Muslim relations appears to come from this mentor, affectionately Vakilsaheb.
Feb 16, 2014
Why we can't blame just Penguin for pulping Doniger's bookWe must not blame the law here. The problem is expecting that a benevolent and broadminded judiciary will thread the needle.