Articles by Aakar Patel
Sep 03, 2017
Demonetisation: Opposition shouldn't count on facts to stem BJP tide, Narendra Modi has won perception gameThe defence minister (who is also finance minister, and therefore should have data on both terrorism and demonetisation) has claimed that notebandi has curbed the violence in Kashmir. Has it? No.
Aug 27, 2017
After SC verdict on Right to Privacy, Narendra Modi must explain why he wants to foist Aadhaar on publicAfter SC verdict on Right to Privacy, Narendra Modi must explain why he wants to foist Aadhaar on public
Aug 20, 2017
Air India gives boarding priority to soldiers: Empty gesture plays to nationalist gallery and dodges society's responsibility to servicemenOur national carrier has decided to honour our soldiers through a gesture: Armed forces personnel will now be allowed to board Air India's planes before other passengers.
Aug 13, 2017
Hamid Ansari spoke truth to power, attempts at reducing him to his Muslim identity are despicableHamid Ansari replied: "Yes, it is a correct assessment, from all I hear from different quarters, the country; I hear the same thing in Bengaluru that I have heard from other parts of the country, I hear more about in North India, there is a feeling of unease, a sense of insecurity is creeping in."
Aug 07, 2017
Indian students will never excel unless they question authority, try to understand need for social justiceIt is clear to me, based on the large sample size that I have encountered, that Indian children are not rebellious. They are conventional.
Jul 31, 2017
BJP juggernaut rolls on but events in Karnataka and Gujarat show they are not invincibleAs the BJP swiftly picks up state after state, the Congress response has been fear and panic.
Jul 23, 2017
Karnataka flag row: Every state is allowed to have its own identity, won't hurt national unityI am a Gujarati who lives in Karnataka. Both states have individual identities. Surat, where my parents live, was an international port town till about 1700. It has a mix of people, all sorts of castes and communities, who have visited and stayed over centuries.
Jul 17, 2017
Bihar political crisis: People just don't trust Yadavs, Gandhis, Opposition facing trouble in 2019The crisis in Bihar reveals a larger problem that India’s Opposition is facing. They will continue to face this problem and it will hurt them in 2019 and the general election. The problem is credibility and I will come to that in a moment.
Jul 09, 2017
Reservation in India: Ramdas Athawale has a point, let's not dismiss his suggestion out of handTwo recent events have brought up a subject the middle class does not like: Reservation. Union minister Ramdas Athawale has asked for reservation in cricket, saying that the Indian team has a poor record. If it were to include more communities, Athawale says, it could perform better. Before we look at the issue, let's look at the data. Is Athawale right in saying that India's national team loses more than it wins? The answer is: yes.
Jul 02, 2017
Cow slaughter row: Narendra Modi has condemned gau rakshaks, but when will he act?Is gau raksha violence, meaning the killing of Indians over beef, a problem in India? If so, what can be done to solve it?