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 these anti-CAA protests are historic

Why these anti-CAA protests are historic

Rediff.com6 days ago

'This is millions of Indians standing up for values rather than an individual gain.' 'This is why this protest is unique and this is why this protest has for the first time made this government uncertain and doubtful of what to do next,' says Aakar Patel.

2020: Tough year ahead for India

2020: Tough year ahead for India

Rediff.com14 Jan 2020

It is going to be a rough and brutal 2020 for India as its government pushes on with its ideological agenda, and the citizens do whatever they can to protect themselves, notes Aakar Patel.

Boris Johnson is not the real villain of Brexit

Boris Johnson is not the real villain of Brexit

Rediff.com10 Jan 2020

'It is never a good idea to let the broad population determine policy that is the domain of experts and specialists,' notes Aakar Patel.

We have learned no lessons from our history

We have learned no lessons from our history

Rediff.com30 Dec 2019

'When one has a lot of power, one can shut one's ears to the other side. This is what is common between the BJP of 2019 and the Congress of 1947,' says Aakar Patel.

Do you know why India is protesting against CAA/NRC?

Do you know why India is protesting against CAA/NRC?

Rediff.com24 Dec 2019

'The NRC is aimed at rounding up and permanently jailing Indian Muslims who cannot produce the documents to satisfy a government which punishes those individuals who do not declare maximum number of Muslims foreigners.' 'It is for this reason that we see so many Indian Muslims protesting these laws and it is for this reason that so many non-Muslims cannot stand by and watch what is happening in their country,' says Aakar Patel.

CAA: A message to the Indian Muslim

CAA: A message to the Indian Muslim

Rediff.com21 Dec 2019

'We are telling them we have isolated them and their religion as not only unwanted,' says Aakar Patel.

CAA is a self-inflicted problem

CAA is a self-inflicted problem

Rediff.com20 Dec 2019

'The north east does not want the solution that the BJP has given and it has become clear that it has not been fully thought through,' says Aakar Patel.

Are we really different from Pakistan?

Are we really different from Pakistan?

Rediff.com16 Dec 2019

'We have done majoritarianism through other means.' 'The Citizenship Amendment Act, read together with the National Register of Citizens, will prove what I mean,' notes Aakar Patel.

How far will the Cybertruck go?

How far will the Cybertruck go?

Rediff.com12 Dec 2019

'The unveiling of the Cybertruck seems to me the turning point in the design and manufacture of automobiles in much the same way as American skyscrapers were the turning point of architectural design in the world,' says Aakar Patel.

Does India need 'encounter specialists'?

Does India need 'encounter specialists'?

Rediff.com11 Dec 2019

'India has a conviction rate of about 25% for serious crimes. This means that 75% of the time the police probably get the wrong suspect, and this makes murdering them in an encounter more morally problematic for the officers concerned.' says Aakar Patel.

Removing Gandhi's SPG cover is a dangerous game

Removing Gandhi's SPG cover is a dangerous game

Rediff.com28 Nov 2019

'If there is a vulnerable family anywhere in the world, it is the Gandhis,' notes Aakar Patel.

How boringly good our team has become!

How boringly good our team has become!

Rediff.com27 Nov 2019

What has changed to make our team so much more lethal, asks Aakar Patel.

Why Congress-NCP must be wary of the Sena

Why Congress-NCP must be wary of the Sena

Rediff.com18 Nov 2019

'The Sena can quickly reduce most solutions to violence.' 'When in power, it will revert to this gene which is coded into it and we will no doubt produce entertaining and frightening moments,' says Aakar Patel.

Veganism will be the norm in the not-so-distant future

Veganism will be the norm in the not-so-distant future

Rediff.com14 Nov 2019

'Like public smoking, like the decriminalisation of homosexuality, like the acceptance of medical marijuana, veganism awaits its generational change,' says Aakar Patel.

Nehru's vision for India was unique

Nehru's vision for India was unique

Rediff.com14 Nov 2019

'No other leader in our history, or that of our neighbours, has been able to produce anything of the quality that Nehru did,' says Aakar Patel.

Ayodhya verdict: Doctrine of Necessity

Ayodhya verdict: Doctrine of Necessity

Rediff.com9 Nov 2019

'What the long term repercussions of the Ayodhya judgment are will unfold in time.' 'And I hope the consequences are not going to be as damaging to us as they were to Pakistan,' says Aakar Patel.

Why the WhatsApp hack must scare all of us

Why the WhatsApp hack must scare all of us

Rediff.com4 Nov 2019

'The Modi government did not deny it had acquired the NSO platform, and did not deny it was spying on its citizens by hacking into their phones,' says Aakar Patel.

Is he the greatest Marathoner of all time?

Is he the greatest Marathoner of all time?

Rediff.com1 Nov 2019

Eliud Kipchoge's story is unusual because when he came into competitive running it was not in the marathon. Fortunately for himself and the rest of us, he then turned to the marathon. Aakar Patel salutes the great runner's incomparable spirit.

No defence against the false patriot who peddles slogans

No defence against the false patriot who peddles slogans

Rediff.com30 Oct 2019

'The facts have become unimportant and useless.' 'What is important is the constantly shouting of patriotism even as one undermines the interests of the people.' 'And the abusing of rivals as being traitors,' says Aakar Patel.

How our lives will change in 10 years

How our lives will change in 10 years

Rediff.com25 Oct 2019

'Even for those of us who are not driven or hardworking, life will be much more interesting and vastly different from the way life is today,' says Aakar Patel.

Why is the IAF still buying fighter jets?

Why is the IAF still buying fighter jets?

Rediff.com14 Oct 2019

'We spent Rs 59,000 crore on acquiring 36 Rafales and we do not know if we will ever use them. The chances are that we never will,' argues Aakar Patel.

Who is a terrorist?

Who is a terrorist?

Rediff.com10 Oct 2019

'There is no acceptable definition of what terrorism is and who a terrorist is.'

Is 9% growth possible? The answer is yes

Is 9% growth possible? The answer is yes

Rediff.com25 Sep 2019

'The goal is achievable. What is stopping us from getting there?' asks Aakar Patel.

Let us have a trade Akhand Bharat

Let us have a trade Akhand Bharat

Rediff.com16 Sep 2019

'We have not been able to use the potential of our location in the region and the world and our strength as a nation and an economy to establish an EU-like structure in South Asia,' points out Aakar Patel.

Nearly 4,000 arrested in Kashmir since Aug 5: Report

Nearly 4,000 arrested in Kashmir since Aug 5: Report

Rediff.com13 Sep 2019

However, it was not clear on what basis most of the people were being held.

ISRO's attempt is the attempt of all mankind

ISRO's attempt is the attempt of all mankind

Rediff.com9 Sep 2019

'Space is dangerous and there will be many failed attempts as we try to use mankind's ingenuity to take the next evolutionary step.'

Mammoth challenges India faces

Mammoth challenges India faces

Rediff.com4 Sep 2019

'As a nation we are tearing ourselves apart through decisions we have deliberately chosen to take,' argues Aakar Patel.

What is a decisive and strong leadership?

What is a decisive and strong leadership?

Rediff.com28 Aug 2019

ially powerful ones, usually find themselves surrounded by people who will not oppose them. 'This is because those who are cautious and of a different view will not find satisfaction serving an individual so different from them, producing results they do not agree with,' says Aakar Patel.

What the Kashmir masterstroke will mean for our soldiers

What the Kashmir masterstroke will mean for our soldiers

Rediff.com19 Aug 2019

'More members of the Indian Armed Forces have died in Kashmir, North East and Naxal areas than in the 1962 and 1971 wars against Pakistan combined. These deaths are the result of political failure and not war.'

'Made on Earth by humans'

'Made on Earth by humans'

Rediff.com1 Aug 2019

'How will someone who has stood on Mars and looked at Earth, only a tiny blue dot in space, then see the idea of nations and religions and all of our divisions?' says Aakar Patel.

What Chandrayaan-2 will do for India

What Chandrayaan-2 will do for India

Rediff.com22 Jul 2019

'In a part of the world where the government tells people what not to eat and what slogans to shout and not shout, it is beneficial to develop a mentality that is science minded and therefore open-minded.' 'That is possibly why the space programme has always had support from all sides of the political divide,' says Aakar Patel.

How Congress can redefine party politics

How Congress can redefine party politics

Rediff.com16 Jul 2019

'There is no meritocracy or at least there is none that is visible and transparent.' 'The Congress has two opportunities to change this,' says Aakar Patel.

Why India has not made a world-beating global invention

Why India has not made a world-beating global invention

Rediff.com15 Jul 2019

'If Indians are as smart as their counterparts in university, and have equal opportunity, then what is the reason that we cannot produce inventions of quality that are recognised by the world?'

Why an Indian hero's statue was unveiled in Pakistan

Why an Indian hero's statue was unveiled in Pakistan

Rediff.com10 Jul 2019

'In Pakistan there has been no problem about the installation of the statues of these men, unlike the Jinnah portrait or other controversies that seem to be present in India these days quite regularly,' says Aakar Patel.

A Kashmir diary

A Kashmir diary

Rediff.com3 Jul 2019

'On the drive to the airport, the streets are lined with men in battle camouflage carrying assault rifles and bearing familiar faces -- Tamilians, Bengalis, Punjabis, feared by the locals and in turn fearing them,' notes Aakar Patel during a visit to Srinagar.

A Kashmir diary

A Kashmir diary

Rediff.com3 Jul 2019

'On the drive to the airport, the streets are lined with men in battle camouflage carrying assault rifles and bearing familiar faces -- Tamilians, Bengalis, Punjabis, feared by the locals and in turn fearing them,' notes Aakar Patel during a visit to Srinagar.

Why America hates Iran

Why America hates Iran

Rediff.com25 Jun 2019

India should do what we can to ensure that our two friends do not get into a confrontation that is meaningless and ultimately damaging to everyone including us.

What I learnt in Srinagar

What I learnt in Srinagar

Rediff.com21 Jun 2019

'There are no multiplexes, not a single cinema hall and no malls.' 'Because the government in Delhi constantly cuts off mobile services, there is no app-based economy in Srinagar.' 'There are 403 news channels in India, but there is none in Kashmir,' notes Aakar Patel after a journey to the Kashmir valley.

Why I salute Azim Premji

Why I salute Azim Premji

Rediff.com12 Jun 2019

'Azim Premji has given away about one-and-a-half lakh crore rupees of his wealth.' 'Most of us will not even know what that sum actually means.' 'To put it into context, it can fund India's health budget and education budget,' points out Aakar Patel.

Modi prefers total control in his hands

Modi prefers total control in his hands

Rediff.com5 Jun 2019

'Modi personally provides the higher direction of the ministry and the minister then works with bureaucrats on implementation,' points out Aakar Patel.

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