All stories by AAKAR PATEL
Will New Parliament Truly Be A Temple Of Democracy?Rediff.com4 days ago
In constitutional democracies the Opposition is legitimate and part of the legislature. To see it as the enemy and to try and get rid of it through convictions and expulsions is not democratic, asserts Aakar Patel.
Snubbing Bhutto And AfterRediff.com24 May 2023
Our focus is not on substance, but communicating how we did not shake hands and how we made angry faces. This is what India's foreign policy has become, notes Aakar Patel.
Did Election Jumlas Cost BJP Karnataka Election?Rediff.com13 May 2023
Given that the BJP made all these moves and that these moves were presumably approved by Modi if not directed by him, who should accept the responsibility for the party's rout? asks Aakar Patel.
India: Vishwaguru Or In Amritkaal?Rediff.com2 May 2023
Happily, it does not require the world to hold a mirror up for us. We can look at ourselves and understand easily if we choose to be honest about where we find ourselves three quarters of a century after Independence, asserts Aakar Patel.
Modi's New Target: Digital MediaRediff.com18 Apr 2023
Particularly the small and independent Web sites that have developed a following in the recent past because the mainstream is seen as totally aligned with the government, points out Aakar Patel.
Will Hindutva Improve India's Future?Rediff.com11 Apr 2023
It is a question that his supporters must ask of the prime minister. It may be enjoyable for them to pass through this phase of going after other Indians. But once this has been achieved to satisfaction, then what?, questions Aakar Patel.
Modi 2.0: Setbacks And FailuresRediff.com30 Mar 2023
Overall, the record of the second term reveals a contradiction between the image and the reality. The image, especially on media and social media, is one of the man at the height of his power, and unstoppable. The reality on governance is someone who has found it difficult to get things implemented and unsure of what to do next, points out Aakar Patel.
Under Modi India's Slide In World IndexesRediff.com9 Mar 2023
The rhetoric that we are fed daily needs to be measured against performance and the facts. That is not happening, points out Aakar Patel.
The Watchdog That Didn't BarkRediff.com24 Feb 2023
In our mystery the watchdog agencies are silent, but it is the market that has barked and has not stopped barking. Till such time as it continues to do so, this headache will not go away, notes Aakar Patel.
What Does This Say About Our Society?Rediff.com20 Feb 2023
Not many modern democracies have gone down this path before, setting it upon themselves to use the law and media to target citizens, points out Aakar Patel.
Can Modi Solve India's Economic Woes?Rediff.com14 Feb 2023
If we wonder why the government is not being held to account for what it promises and does not deliver we must not blame the government. It has no idea how to fix India's difficult problems, argues Aakar Patel.
Why Is Govt Silent On Adani Controversy?Rediff.com31 Jan 2023
So far the government has been silent on the charges being levelled, even after the stock price rout. Perhaps it is hoping for the share price to settle so that the matter goes away, predicts Aakar Patel.
Modiji, Do You Have A Plan To Improve Education?Rediff.com30 Jan 2023
When was the last time we heard this government speaking of the disaster in primary education, rather than Ganga cruises and cheetahs? Less money -- Rs 88,000 crore -- was spent by the Union government on education in its last Budget than has been allocated to the Bullet train, notes Aakar Patel.
Why BJP's Dominance Will ContinueRediff.com24 Jan 2023
There is no sign of it losing popularity with a significant section of the voting population, which appears to be attracted to the party for identity reasons, observes Aakar Patel.
Why Does Modi Not Slash Chinese Imports?Rediff.com16 Jan 2023
India's national security focus has shifted from the western border to the eastern one. But our trade with China keeps rising. This trade is against our interest, because most of it comprises of Chinese imports, argues Aakar Patel.
Why Is Modi Silent About Chinese Aggression?Rediff.com27 Dec 2022
There seems to be a desire for opacity when it comes to confronting China, points out Aakar Patel.
What If Sardar Patel Was India's First PM?Rediff.com12 Dec 2022
I think the 'What-if-it-had-been-Patel?' sentiment represents a yearning for more of what we are already seeing around us in India today, observes Aakar Patel.
One Fears For What Is To ComeRediff.com26 Nov 2022
The most important institutions have been and are being undermined with almost no resistance, warns Aakar Patel.
Army Still Up To Mischief In PakistanRediff.com4 Nov 2022
But it is less adventurous. It seems, at last, that in its eighth decade, Pakistan has settled into being a parliamentary democracy just like Bangladesh has and like we have always been, observes Aakar Patel.
Has Modi Done A Good Job On Exports?Rediff.com19 Oct 2022
Seven years after Modi took office, merchandise exports were lower in 2020-2021 than when he had taken over from Manmohan Singh, points out Aakar Patel.