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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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Is It Time To Become A Hindu Rashtra?

Is It Time To Become A Hindu Rashtra?

Rediff.com3 days ago

'If we were to change the name of our country officially and become a Hindu Rashtra, will the treatment of Muslims change?' asks Aakar Patel.

Why Ban Only Sedition Law?

Why Ban Only Sedition Law?

Rediff.com18 May 2022

There are laws that are as out of time and place today as the Rowlatt Act was a century ago, explains Aakar Patel.

Why Do We Need A Hindu Rashtra?

Why Do We Need A Hindu Rashtra?

Rediff.com2 May 2022

If we have already excluded Muslims from political office by default, and if we are already harassing them daily through laws, like Nazi Germany did and like Pakistan did, then why do we need a Hindu Rashtra or a change from the present set of laws? argues Aakar Patel.

Why India Can't Be A Modern, Civilised, Free Society

Why India Can't Be A Modern, Civilised, Free Society

Rediff.com15 Apr 2022

On such things as the meat ban and hijab ban, we are finding that elements that comprise the system are enthusiastic about denying people their rights. It says something awful about us as a society, asserts Aakar Patel.

Why Price Rise Is Not Important For Indians

Why Price Rise Is Not Important For Indians

Rediff.com8 Apr 2022

Today beef, tomorrow namaz, the third day Sunday mass the fourth day hijab, the fifth day halal, the sixth day love jihad will always be the issues on hand, asserts Aakar Patel.

Why Is Modi Not Transparent On China?

Why Is Modi Not Transparent On China?

Rediff.com30 Mar 2022

What is it that China seeks and why has the Ladakh border become and remained hot for two years and what is going on in Arunachal Pradesh?, asks Aakar Patel.

The Real Reason For The BJP Victory

The Real Reason For The BJP Victory

Rediff.com19 Mar 2022

'The burden of the BJP's song is not development and delivery.' 'It is communalism,' argues Aakar Patel.

What Do Indians Vote For?

What Do Indians Vote For?

Rediff.com9 Mar 2022

If 'development' and jobs and such things are less important to many than identity, then the BJP can dominate the discourse by stressing the largest marker of identity, which is religious nationalism, observes Aakar Patel.

Modi Has No Idea How To Deal With The World

Modi Has No Idea How To Deal With The World

Rediff.com27 Feb 2022

What is being exposed is we have no real doctrine and no idea how to deal with the world, asserts Aakar Patel.

India's Jobs Crisis

India's Jobs Crisis

Rediff.com25 Feb 2022

The number of Indians over 15 either working or looking for work is lower as a percentage than in the United States, China, Bangladesh or Pakistan, points out Aakar Patel.

Why Are These Children Being Bullied?

Why Are These Children Being Bullied?

Rediff.com18 Feb 2022

The best thing we can pray for is that the courts give a quick judgment in favour of Fundamental Rights so that the government can worry about other things than what it will not let young women wear, hopes Aakar Patel.

Can Akhilesh Stop BJP In UP?

Can Akhilesh Stop BJP In UP?

Rediff.com15 Feb 2022

The broad patterns tell us that to sweep UP, the BJP has to retain its voteshares of the past three elections. But to merely win it, the party can do so while losing some voteshare, and perhaps up to as much as 10 per cent, observes Aakar Patel.

Voters Least Bothered About Economy

Voters Least Bothered About Economy

Rediff.com7 Feb 2022

Issues such as the economy's health and the government's ability to produce an environment where jobs are available are not of particular concern to us as voters, asserts Aakar Patel.

Why The World Is Worried About India

Why The World Is Worried About India

Rediff.com4 Feb 2022

Our demonisation and dehumanisation of minorities and especially Muslims is so complete that calls for the abduction of and sexual violence against Muslim girls are acceptable in our society today and can be made in public spaces. The damage we have done to India internally and externally will be lasting, warns Aakar Patel.

Needed ASAP: A National Security Policy

Needed ASAP: A National Security Policy

Rediff.com27 Jan 2022

In 2020 India was compelled by China to change its national security strategy. From counter-insurgency, which the army has been focussed on for years, we shifted to conventional war, observes Aakar Patel.

The Gujaratification Of India

The Gujaratification Of India

Rediff.com12 Jan 2022

The Gujarati's intolerance for diversity can be seen in India's hard nationalism which is showing itself in Kashmir and the North East, observes Aakar Patel.

Be Kinder, Gentler, 2022

Be Kinder, Gentler, 2022

Rediff.com1 Jan 2022

'The wish is that 2022, if not bring us into happier times, at least sees some easing of the pain,' hopes Aakar Patel.

Why Are Christians Being Targeted?

Why Are Christians Being Targeted?

Rediff.com27 Dec 2021

There have been over 300 attacks against Christians and their churches and prayer halls, primarily in northern India, states Aakar Patel.

BJP And The Politics Of Conversion

BJP And The Politics Of Conversion

Rediff.com20 Dec 2021

It is unusual in democratic countries two decades into the 21st century for laws to become regressive instead of progressive. But that is clearly what is happening in India today and more of this is ahead, asserts Aakar Patel.

AFSPA: Repeal Won't Change Anything

AFSPA: Repeal Won't Change Anything

Rediff.com16 Dec 2021

The army has been left to do justice to itself for crimes it is accused of committing against civilians. As a force inside the government, obviously it will want that there be no intrusion into what they do, points out Aakar Patel.

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