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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 the Congress is in panic

'The Congress has forgotten how to mobilise people on political issues,' says Aakar Patel. As the BJP swiftly picks up state after state, the Congress response has been fear and panic. Bihar......

'We are in a dark and dangerous period'

'Those of us who care for the Indian Constitution worry,' says Aakar Patel.     The attorney general of India, Mukul Rohatgi, who is the government's chief legal advisor, has asked why......

Why hope is running out for the Congress

'The Congress in 2017 stands for nothing positive, not even secularism,' says Aakar Patel. What exactly is the problem in the Congress? India's oldest party is in its worst position in history and......

Modi, master of his craft, is on top of his game

'We are in the presence of a truly great politician,' says Aakar Patel. IMAGE: BJP workers and supporters celebrate the party's victory in the assembly elections at the BJP headquarters in New......

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......

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......

Mass unemployment and social unrest are looming ahead

The more one thinks about it, the more difficult it is to see how India will be able to reap the benefits of a demographic dividend, says Aakar Patel.   In four years, India will have the......

Why Bollywood is not growing

'Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan now act in only about one film each year, and made money through advertisements and television.''This meant that many people, even if they had the money......

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......

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......

The good of the IPL

'Many of the players in IPL are the sons of men and women who are in ordinary jobs and not well off.''These players are the first in their family ever to move into another social class.''I think it......
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Shah Jahan built the Taj in gratitude

'After it was finished, Shah Jahan visited the Taj only twice.''There is a letter from Aurangzeb to him after a visit, reporting that the dome was... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/column/shah-jahan-built-the-taj-in-gratitude/20171019.htm
Why I don't support the cracker ban on Diwali

'How will one day's crackers change pollution levels?''And why limit such genius solutions to just the capital when air pollution and pollution... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/column/aakar-patel-why-i-dont-support-the-cracker-ban/20171016.htm
Why most don't see communal riots as terrorism

The American police said that the Las Vegas shooting was not an act of terrorism because he acted alone. The killer was a Christian. Would the... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/column/why-most-dont-see-communal-riots-as-terrorism/20171009.htm
Why Yashwant Sinha criticised Jaitley and not Modi

‘To write a criticism of the finance minister’s performance without having included the PM’s role is deliberate. It is not... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/column/why-yashwant-sinha-criticised-jaitley-and-not-modi/20171004.htm
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... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/column/temples-must-be-open-to-all-not-for-only-hindus/20170927.htm

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