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Aakar Patel

Aakar Patel is a writer and columnist. You can e-mail the author at aakar.patel@gmail.com

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Why did Modi fail to anticipate a second wave?

Why did Modi fail to anticipate a second wave?

Rediff.com4 hours ago

'We had decided that India was unique and had overcome Covid.' 'Other nations ordered vaccines on time.' 'They let their scientists determine whether the battle against the pandemic was won instead of a divinely inspired leadership,' asserts Aakar Patel.

Is India hiding Covid death numbers?

Is India hiding Covid death numbers?

Rediff.com4 days ago

A person who has Covid but also has another disease can be classified as a Covid death or not. It serves the immediate purpose of the government to pretend that the official number is low because it makes it appear less incompetent and helpless than it is, points out Aakar Patel.

Why Modi's Gujarat model has failed

Why Modi's Gujarat model has failed

Rediff.com9 May 2021

As India suffers and the ruling party is on the defensive, the truth is that the only way that this wave will pass is if exponential growth of the virus stops on its own, asserts Aakar Patel.

Mr Modi: How will the poor pay for the vaccine?

Mr Modi: How will the poor pay for the vaccine?

Rediff.com8 May 2021

We are today carrying out the reconstruction of New Delhi which will cost us Rs 20,000 crore and give the prime minister a new house while crores of people have no means and no money to buy vaccines for their children, observes Aakar Patel.

What do Indians Vote For?

What do Indians Vote For?

Rediff.com3 May 2021

'Many Indians are not voting mostly on the basis of issues like the economy and their own well-being as measured by data provided by the government.' 'They seem to be as concerned and perhaps more concerned about other things, especially those that have to do with the harassment of India's minorities,' asserts Aakar Patel.

Why India needs an independent media

Why India needs an independent media

Rediff.com10 Apr 2021

The government is attempting everything it can to make sure that this does not happen, observes Aakar Patel.

Is this how India is fighting COVID-19?

Is this how India is fighting COVID-19?

Rediff.com26 Mar 2021

Why did we go into nationwide lockdown when we were adding 100 cases a day and why are we not going into lockdown but allowing cricket stadiums, political rallies and Kumbh Melas when we are adding 40,000 cases a day? asks Aakar Patel.

What parivartan does Modi want?

What parivartan does Modi want?

Rediff.com18 Mar 2021

The prime minister says he will bring real change to Bengal. Perhaps he will. The interesting thing is that his party has never defined what this change is, observes Aakar Patel.

Modi's Dilemma

Modi's Dilemma

Rediff.com13 Mar 2021

Our precipitous decline is being noticed and recorded abroad with alarm. It is strange that within India we are carrying on as if it is business as usual, observes Aakar Patel.

Does Modi really care about Indians?

Does Modi really care about Indians?

Rediff.com6 Mar 2021

The Indian government today does not care what it does to Indians as long as it can continue on its path, observes Aakar Patel.

When will Modi cut high taxes on fuels?

When will Modi cut high taxes on fuels?

Rediff.com24 Feb 2021

The logic of deregulation was that the consumer was protected no matter what the price of crude. But now the reverse has happened. The government is protected no matter what the price of crude, observes Aakar Patel.

Is India becoming a flawed democracy?

Is India becoming a flawed democracy?

Rediff.com9 Feb 2021

For those who think India's democracy is just fine and there has been no change in the last few years, perhaps it would be instructive to see what has happened on a few issues, observes Aakar Patel.

India's growth story is over

India's growth story is over

Rediff.com2 Feb 2021

You can make all the speeches you want, you cannot argue against 39 straight months of slowing, observes Aakar Patel.

Will this Budget be a 'Game Changer'?

Will this Budget be a 'Game Changer'?

Rediff.com31 Jan 2021

That is what you will hear again after Nirmala Sitharaman presents a speech that will prove to be meaningless and numbers that will show themselves to be wildly off the mark, observes Aakar Patel.

Is Republic Day truly worth a celebration?

Is Republic Day truly worth a celebration?

Rediff.com19 Jan 2021

Our pledge on this Republic Day must be to use those parts of the Constitution that are still on our side and take back our rights and liberties lawfully from the State, which has usurped them, asserts Aakar Patel.

Is India becoming a failed State?

Is India becoming a failed State?

Rediff.com8 Jan 2021

'It is difficult to see how we will be able to get out of the hole that we have dug ourselves into and are digging deeper into,' notes Aakar Patel.

Why Modi is not good at implementation

Why Modi is not good at implementation

Rediff.com4 Jan 2021

He is not good at thinking through laws and policies. His lockdown produced chaos and misery and didn't stop Covid. His GST finished off thousands of companies and reduced the amount of tax government collects to such an extent that he cannot pay state governments any more, observes Aakar Patel.

The ticking time bombs in the Constitution

The ticking time bombs in the Constitution

Rediff.com31 Dec 2020

The Constitution is a terrific document, but it is also one that has suppressed the Hindu majoritarian sentiment. We are living through times when this suppression is being popularly rejected, notes Aakar Patel.

Does Modi want small companies to fail?

Does Modi want small companies to fail?

Rediff.com18 Dec 2020

India has too many small companies and this is inefficient. It should instead have only a handful of very large players running its economy and these giants can then compete with the world, observes Aakar Patel.

Govt has used all its tricks on the farmers

Govt has used all its tricks on the farmers

Rediff.com11 Dec 2020

Their demands will be met of course, and this government will move on to the next great idea, without an apology or an explanation, predicts Aakar Patel.

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