Articles by Aakar Patel
Oct 21, 2018
Lok Sabha polls 2019: BJP will have a tough time selling its record with development, good governance to votersWhile campaigning for the Lok Sabha Election 2019, the government will have to convince the population that they are doing significantly better today than they were in 2014. This is not easy to do.
Oct 14, 2018
#MeToo in India: MJ Akbar the editor was feted as a liberal and pluralist, he has betrayed those valuesThe recent revelations about MJ AKbar's assaults on young women mean that his reputation and all that he has stood for is in tatters for all time, and rightly
Oct 07, 2018
NDA regime's most unique legacy is constant hunt for 'anti-nationalism', unleashing bottled-up viciousnessOnly one particular view is held to be in the national interest and to oppose it is to be a traitor and to be accused of anti-nationalism.
Sep 30, 2018
Despite concerns, a Hindu rashtra not possible under BJP; a theocratic State will also erode rights of the majorityOne could officially deny Christians and Muslims some political rights under a Hindu rashtra, however, because a Hindu rashtra also erodes the power and the rights of the majority of Hindus, one can be assured that this is not something that the BJP, or any other force can do
Sep 23, 2018
India-US 2+2 talks: Good to see Sushma Swaraj, Nirmala Sitharaman at fore but issue of women's representation lingersCertainly, the lack of adequate representation of women from much of our politics is not because of a lack of talent.
Sep 16, 2018
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad's release from jail victory for citizen's rights, shows tactic to isolate him didn't workBhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad, who was released from jail on 13 September after being arrested under NSA a year ago, calls himself 'Ravan' to identify with those aspects of our culture that others may see as repulsive
Sep 09, 2018
Section 377 is gone, but the fact that it took 71 years, and a court to do it, raises questions on Indian democracyWhile one should be grateful that India has finally done away with Section 377, a law it should never have had in independent India, one should ponder about why it remained for 71 years and why it took a court to outlaw it
Sep 02, 2018
Bhima Koregaon arrests: By questioning Saket CMM order, Delhi HC revealed judiciary's eagerness to approve state viewpointThe Delhi High Court order with regards to arrest of journalist Gautam Navlakha in Bhima Koregaon violence, dictated by Justice S Muralidhar, is a remarkable document and must be read by all citizens. In this instance the judiciary itself that has revealed the problems within it.
Aug 27, 2018
Kerala, After The Floods: Denying aid to disaster-struck state is cruelty; India should see flaws in govt policyIf national pride is indeed the reason behind rejecting foreign aid for Kerala, it should be the person and the community that is affected by the disastrous floods that should determine whether or not their honour is dented in accepting assistance
Aug 19, 2018
Atal Bihari Vajpayee espoused Hindutva, but disliked violence; VS Naipaul understood fragility of moderate positionsNo one is perfect and we owe it to ourselves to be honest. In that spirit, here's a look at aspects of the lives of Vajpayee and Naipaul.