Articles by Aakar Patel
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.
Feb 13, 2014
Modi's Mentors: Bachubhai Bhagat, the RSS mainstay for five decadesThe RSS was not a river, and hardly a stream, when Bachubhai immersed himself into it as a student.
Feb 09, 2014
Why Kolkata's reading habit beats Mumbai, Gujarat hollowIt operates on a scale that is impressive even by global standards, but it is local in a way
Feb 07, 2014
Modi's Mentors: Babubhai Oza, the other OBC luminary of RSSShri Babubhai Oza was for years in the senior-most position in the Gujarat RSS. Because of his last name (AP: Ozas are a Brahmin community in Gujarat) and the fact of his position in the RSS, it was assumed by others that he was a Brahmin. But since the RSS did not acknowledge caste, this was not taken seriously.
Feb 02, 2014
Why the Congress party needs the Gandhis at the helmIt is difficult to imagine the Congress party without the family being in-charge, and there is not even a whiff of rebellion in the ranks though the Congress is headed for a defeat in the 2014 elections.