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Will hanging rapists stop rape?

'The death penalty exists in India for murderers. Is it a deterrent and does it stop murders?' asks Aakar Patel. A child at a protest against the rape of an eight-year-old child in Kathua, Jammu......

What does the nation get out of the CBI?

'What does the nation get out of the CBI's fabulous infrastructure? Very little that is useful,' says Aakar Patel. Photograph: Mansi Thapliyal/Reuters The Central Bureau of Investigation is our......

Modi's health plan should be applauded

'The health scheme has changed the national conversation. For that reason it must be supported,' says Aakar Patel. IMAGE: People wait outside a government hospital in Bihar. Photograph: Archana......

Our defence expenditure would be a scandal in another democracy

'Where is the analysis that we need to spend at least Rs 4 trillion to keep India safe?' asks Aakar Patel. IMAGE: The BSF Camel Contingent at the Republic Day parade, January 26, 2018.The......

Temples must be open to all, not for 'only Hindus'

'Why exclude those who are curious about our faith but not born into it, to experience the temple?' asks Aakar Patel. Duryodhan is a common name among Oriyas and so is Dushashan. I did not know......

Why do fire extinguishers attract 28% GST?!

'In a nation where safety standards are the lowest in the world, why make compliance expensive?' asks Aakar Patel.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com Once again, indirect taxes were lowered on......

Why note ban failure won't affect Modi

'You can accuse him of many things, but one thing you cannot accuse him of is being bad at politics,' says Aakar Patel. Last week, I spoke to a group of students, about 1,000 in a large hall, in a......

5 reasons why Modi is India's most successful CEO

'A CEO is successful if he is able to retain the confidence of his shareholders. And the shareholders of India Inc have backed their prime minister-CEO to the hilt,' says Sudhir Bisht.  IMAGE:......

Bullet train costs 3 times more than India's health budget

The vanity project, of absolutely no use to most Indians, will suck money that could be used for health and education, says Aakar Patel. (This column is being repromoted as Prime Minister Narendra......

Was Sachin a genius?

Was Tendulkar just a great player, asks Aakar Patel. IMAGE: Sachin Tendulkar walks back after his final innings in Test cricket. The Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, November 15, 2013. Photograph: BCCI......

Why India is doing badly at the Olympics

'It is not the external world that is stopping Indians from winning medals. It is our culture,' says Aakar Patel. IMAGE: And there goes another Indian medal :((( Uzbekistan's Bektemir Melikuziev......

Why India's cricket teams struggle abroad

'Do we want batsmen that can destroy records in Wankhede and Eden Gardens but cannot last a couple of overs against an average South African attack?' asks Aakar Patel. IMAGE: Hardik Pandya and......

Why can't Sreesanth play for another country?

'None of us has the right to tell Sreesanth what to do with his career and it is childish to expect him to hold the torch of our bogus cricket patriotism,' says Aakar Patel. IMAGE: S Sreesanth......

Reservations in cricket: Not a bad idea

'We should be open to looking at Ramdas Athavale's suggestion of reservations in the cricket team.''India will not be unique if it chooses to do this,' says Aakar Patel. Two recent events have......
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An unusual journey

'My boss was a woman. Not any woman, she was a demanding, rude and foul-mouthed creature whom I liked immediately,' says Aakar Patel.Illustration:... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/column/from-a-surat-factory-to-amnesty-an-unusual-journey/20180426.htm
Will hanging rapists stop rape?

'The death penalty exists in India for murderers. Is it a deterrent and does it stop murders?' asks Aakar Patel. A child at a protest against the... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/column/will-hanging-rapists-stop-rape/20180417.htm
Travels with Bagha

Want to fly on an Indian airline with a dog?Aakar Patel tells you all you need to know. IMAGE: Bagha at his Bengaluru home. Photographs:... ...

http://www.rediff.com/getahead/column/travels-with-bagha/20180414.htm
Amnesty

India saw a dip in imposition of capital punishment last year with 109 cases of execution reported in the country in 2017 as compared to 136 such... ...

http://news.rediff.com/commentary/2018/apr/13/india-saw-19.8-dip-in-awarding-death-sentences-in-2017-amnesty/a54368d64488c6603f89aa26d47c8c8c
Why Dalits feel left out from Modi's 'sabka saath'

'The government says it will file a review petition against the Supreme Court, but there is no conviction here.''It is doing this purely because it... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/column/why-dalits-feel-left-out-from-modis-sabka-saath/20180412.htm

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