Articles by Aakar Patel
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,
Jun 03, 2018
With simple majority unlikely for BJP in 2019, Modi will have no option but to accommodate alliesRunning a minority government requires flexibility and the ability to swallow humiliation, this is something Narendra Modi has never been required to do in his career
May 27, 2018
Opposition's Bengaluru unity likely to continue as anti-BJP alliance emerge as only option against Modi in 2019What does the gathering of opposition leaders in Bengaluru to celebrate the alliance of the Janata Dal (S) with the Congress signify, and can it last for another 12 months? Here's an analysis of the anti-BJP stand ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls
May 19, 2018
Karnataka crisis: Anti-defection law makes false assumption that party is always right, curbs legislators' freedom of choiceThe anti-defection law is too sweeping a solution to what is essentially a problem of morality. If a legislator defies the party on which he was voted, surely it is the elector who should punish him and not the party.
May 15, 2018
Karnataka polls: As focus slowly shifts to Rajasthan and MP, BJP proves again it's master of the 'ground game'For many across India, the results in Karnataka are heartbreaking. It was thought that this was finally a state where the Congress had the wherewithal to resist.
May 12, 2018
Pokhran-II: Govt's motive still questionable as nuclear tests did India no good, only fuelled Pakistan's hunger for nukesThe losses that the 1998 Pokhran-II nuclear tests caused to India and its economy have never been discussed. And as the lack of celebrations on the 20th-anniversary of the nuclear tests show, India has moved on as if nothing happened.
May 06, 2018
Jailing Chandrashekhar Azad without trial shows State's disdain hasn't changed since Jallianwalla Bagh massacreThe National Security Act sounds like a serious piece of legislation intended to save India from a security threat, but the government is not holding Dalit leader Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan for fear of terrorism
May 01, 2018
Labour Day: Exploitation of Bengaluru's women workers in manufacturing shows perils of 'selective' developmentThe disproportionate focus on a small segment of Indians in technology & advanced manufacturing means issues concerning primary sector labour are often ignored.