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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.

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

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