Aakar Patel
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India

Ayodhya judgment: Supreme Court has chosen necessity over rationality in its verdict, this is bound to have repercussions

What the long-term repercussions of the Ayodhya judgment are will unfold in time. But there will, of course, be repercussions

World

In Donald Trump's America, nationalism has become a substitute for patriotism; India should take heed, here's why

The developments in Donald Trump's America is what happens to countries where the mad and rabid narrative of nationalism takes over, as it has in India.

India

Pakistan stays on FATF grey list: Imposing sanctions on under pressure Islamabad may not curb terror, here's why

The demands made by the FATF are principally about Pakistan's ability to implement an action plan it itself put together

News & Analysis

How Ray Kurzweil predicted the birth of Google, Deep Blue, and the rise of AI decades in advance

Kurzweil predicts that most if not all disease will be curable easily in the next decade.

India

IAF demand for 200 more planes rendered redundant by fall in conventional war, rise of cyberspace conflict

The fighter plane is a 100-year-old technology, having been first used in World War I in 1914.

India

Narendra Modi calls for consensus on terrorism: Differing definitions make it difficult to distinguish radicals from revolutionaries

On Friday, India’s prime minister made a short address before the United Nations General Assembly

India

Budget rollbacks by Nirmala Sitharaman show decisiveness, but also highlight pitfalls of 'strong leadership'

India’s GDP growth has fallen to below 6 percent in the first quarter and expected to fall further in the second.

India

India's $5 trillion economy: Lure of white-collar jobs, poor law implementation, lack of entrepreneurial spirit major bottlenecks

The state that is efficient can devise and implement policies that it believes can boost growth.

India

EU-like arrangement within SAARC could halt economic slowdown, but only if trade stops playing second fiddle to nationalism

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) contains Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives and India

science

Chandrayaan 2 landing: A failed attempt is a failure and a loss only if we learn nothing from it

'Space is dangerous and there will be many failed attempts as we try to use mankind’s ingenuity to take the next evolutionary step'.

India

GDP falls to 5%: Urgent economic reforms needed, but Centre's attention fixed on Ayodhya, Assam and Kashmir

Unless very high growth is revived, India’s journey towards eliminating poverty and dependence will halt.

Politics

'Strong, decisive' leadership seen as desirable, but Sitharaman's reversals to boost economy display its limitations

A few things happened this week that may have surprised those who were under the impression that India was doing very well economically.

India

Centre's 'masterstroke' on Article 370 in Kashmir puts armed forces on trial; debate necessary on costs of conflict

Personnel of the armed forces are in Kashmir to suppress the sentiment which expresses itself often through violence, because there is no other means of expressing it.

India

Kashmir move's full meaning will unfold over time but in discrediting PDP, NC, India should watch out who fills in that space

Of course other states also have special status, but Kashmir was viewed in a particular way because of religion.

India

UAPA (Amendment) Bill 2019 violates the very international laws it quotes, defies principles of natural justice

The UAPA offers an overbroad and ambiguous definition of a 'terrorist act' which includes the death of, or injuries to any person, damage to any property, an attempt to over awe any public functionary by means of criminal force and any act to compel the government or any person to do or abstain from doing any act etc.

science

Why space agencies, companies world over are looking to Mars as the next frontier

There are currently people working on trying to establish a permanent human colony on Mars.

science

Chandrayaan 2: How does ISRO's 978 crore Moon mission fit into India's global space ambitions?

India’s lunar mission Chandrayaan-2, that will launch tomorrow, was approved by Manmohan Singh in 2008.

Politics

After Rahul Gandhi, Congress can redefine how political parties are run in India by choosing next leader on merit

In India, tickets to Lok Sabha elections are given out without a voting process like the American primaries or the UK hustings. The same is the case for Assembly and corporation elections. There is no transparency in how tickets to Rajya Sabha are given in any party.