Articles by Aakar Patel
Jan 21, 2019
SC verdict on Maharashtra dance bars challenges notions of morality essential for how as a State we view womenThe Supreme Court judges ruled that the State could regulate, but not prohibit
Jan 13, 2019
Anti-BJP alliances across country mean tougher contest in 2019; saffron party likely to take more extreme positionsIt could be that the BJP will come back to power, though in an alliance. But there is little doubt that it will face much stronger resistance than it did in 2014.
Dec 30, 2018
Despite similar histories, India lags behind Japan, South Korea in growth due to idea of nationalism focussing on religious minoritiesHow much of India's nationalism is focused on refining our culture? To answer that, ask yourself how often our nationalist party talks about Indian music, literature, architecture and art, and what is done to use it to improve our lives.
Dec 23, 2018
Smriti Irani's 'not cool to be patriotic' remark underlines misguided idea of patriotism in India; crying during anthem doesn't define itGoing by the way Smriti Irani framed her statement, there are only two ways the relationship between the nation and the individual can exist — emotional and tear-inducing or to wish that the country breaks up.
Dec 16, 2018
Congress' post-poll indecisiveness shows 'high command' isn't ultimate authority, there's more in-party democracy than assumedIt is believed that Rahul Gandhi wanted the younger faces to lead Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. That he was unable to get this done tells us a lot more about the Congress leadership and its structure and limitations than phrases like "high command".
Dec 08, 2018
Huge margins in exit poll results indicate BJP's dominance is waning in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, ChhattisgarhThe exit poll data is either confusing or the numbers are too close, and the one thing this indicates is that the dominance of the BJP in these states is waning though the prime minister campaigned hard.
Dec 02, 2018
Narendra Modi's 9-point agenda on fugitive economic offenders futile; problems lie at home, not abroadIndia's proposal to G20 member nations is meaningless because it's not lack of cooperation but the poor image of Indian investigating agencies, judiciary and jail system which has prevented extradition of criminals in the past
Nov 28, 2018
India's regression on free speech, low ranking on Human Freedom Index holding it back from being prosperousThe Human Freedom Index 2017 — compiled annually by the Cato Institute — named Switzerland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom as the most-free nations. India ranked 102nd, behind Indonesia and Turkey.
Nov 25, 2018
Ayodhya dispute: Babri Masjid demolition was not about constructing Ram Mandir, but hatred for other IndiansThe Ram Janmabhoomi movement was against the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya rather than in favour of constructing a Ram Mandir, and this is why the movement collapsed after the demolition and the violence it produced
Nov 18, 2018
Rahul Gandhi should take PM's criticism positively; renouncing claim on chair could restore credibilityThere will be an instant and positive change in the way Rahul Gandhi is perceived by millions of Indians if he says he is not a prime ministerial candidate