Articles by Aakar Patel
Aug 12, 2018
As Brexit deadline draws closer, UK is struggling to tackle fallout of decision on ties with Northern IrelandIn 2016, the citizens of the United Kingdom (meaning the residents of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) took part in the 'Brexit' referendum.
Aug 05, 2018
NRC in Assam: India ignored 'Atithi Devo Bhava' tradition, 'Hindu humanity' in citizenship verification processEven if someone is the child or grandchild of a Bangladeshi or even a Bangladeshi migrant themselves, then so what? My culture and my religion tells me that I must treat them with humanity. I don't think we are showing this Hindu humanity in the process of NRC, writes Aakar Patel
Jul 29, 2018
Imran Khan's election to PM won't change relations; visa restrictions will keep India-Pakistan division aliveThe 1971-72 war permanently closed the India-Pakistan border and ended the free exchange, and I think that moment has been carried forward to today
Jul 21, 2018
Opposition failed to seize 'no-confidence motion' to expose Narendra Modi; theme for 2019 remains unclearIf the purpose was to use the no-confidence motion to produce a line of attack against Narendra Modi that is memorable and distinct and would resonate with a large number of people, then the Opposition failed to use it efficiently
Jul 15, 2018
Imran Khan part of Pakistan's pattern where leaders realise military is real enemy after coming to powerIt may be strange now but PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif was once exactly in the same position as PTI chief Imran Khan is today. In the 1980s, he had been handpicked by president General Zia-ul-Haq as the next political leader
Jul 08, 2018
Is the Opposition uniting for 2019 with the sole agenda of challenging Narendra Modi, or is there more to it?Both the prime minister and the BJP president feel that the opposition’s “sole agenda is to remove (Narendra) Modi”. They have said it clearly in interviews and speeches recently. Is this true? Aakar Patel finds out
Jul 01, 2018
Mob lynchings: Lack of media coverage, response from State show Indians don't care about stopping rogue justiceTripura banned internet as a response to the lynching. To me, this is astonishing and shows the government thinks that the way to stop public murders is through stopping WhatsApp.
Jun 24, 2018
BJP's policies reflect its clear 'Hindutva' ideology, should not be confused with conservative right-wing politicsThe BJP does not fall into the 'Right' category, nor do its policies conform broadly with what the world defines as 'Right'.
Jun 16, 2018
FIFA World Cup 2018: India's lack of football culture more to do with our failings at team sport than infrastructural issuesIt is not a lack of interest in India or infrastructure that can account for our performance in football. It is something else that holds us back in all real team sports, though it does not seem to stop us in individual ones like shooting, weightlifting, wrestling, tennis, badminton and boxing.
Jun 10, 2018
Acquiring toys like bullet train won't alter country's mindset: India must change, and if required learn to be modernIn India, people seem to believe that by acquiring toys like bullet trains it will become a modern nation. That is not true. For that to happen the society must change,