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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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Has India ever seen multiple crises like these?

Has India ever seen multiple crises like these?

Rediff.com14 hours ago

We have a full blown epidemic, an economic recession with the highest unemployment in Indian history, and a powerful enemy whose aggressive and offensive actions we did not anticipate, states Aakar Patel.

When will Modi use force to kick Chinese out?

When will Modi use force to kick Chinese out?

Rediff.com30 Jun 2020

'Even those who do not like him will rally to his call if he says that the country's sovereignty is being threatened by China,' notes Aakar Patel.

From BJS to BJP: The Road Travelled

From BJS to BJP: The Road Travelled

Rediff.com25 Jun 2020

'The BJP's constitution promises allegiance to India's secularism and socialism.' 'This is the oath that it makes all its members sign,' observes Aakar Patel.

How will Modi resolve the Chinese problem?

How will Modi resolve the Chinese problem?

Rediff.com9 Jun 2020

'Modi has not taken India into confidence over what is happening and what has happened.' 'We have not even officially been told what the position is with respect to the land lost between Fingers 4 to 8,' observes Aakar Patel.

Modi must give Indians the capacity to reach 2021

Modi must give Indians the capacity to reach 2021

Rediff.com5 Jun 2020

'All parties and the government acknowledge that there we are in trouble and there is more trouble ahead,' observes Aakar Patel.

Why recording the current period is necessary

Why recording the current period is necessary

Rediff.com30 May 2020

What is a migrant going through today on the walk home? What is it like to be a Muslim and watch the news on television every night in India? Is there a bureaucrat who is noting down the absurdity of what is announced and what is actually happening in her domain? A medical resident who has gone through three weeks of 12-hour shifts while her seniors abstain from coming to the Covid hospital? They may be our everyday experiences, but they are how history will understand what happened to us all in this strange and surreal time, points out Aakar Patel.

Why the poor won't trust this government anymore

Why the poor won't trust this government anymore

Rediff.com24 May 2020

'"We have lost our jobs, we have lost our savings, we have been beaten up for being on the streets, we have walked for a thousand kilometres, we have seen our children starve or die because nobody came to help us".' 'For such people, the relationship with the government has gone,' notes Aakar Patel.

After the lockdown: How will government treat us?

After the lockdown: How will government treat us?

Rediff.com16 May 2020

'There are many questions that come to mind as we consider the reality of India and what Indians will be expected to do from the time this lockdown is opened up,' notes Aakar Patel.

Crores of Indians have no income today

Crores of Indians have no income today

Rediff.com14 May 2020

'Money must be produced constantly.' 'This need is driving people to find work, and for many of them, it is working for a living for the first time in their lives,' observes Aakar Patel.

Be warned! Dark economic times ahead!

Be warned! Dark economic times ahead!

Rediff.com8 May 2020

'Two consecutive quarters of negative growth are the technical definition of an economic recession, and for the first time in this generation's memory, we may be staring at one,' observes Aakar Patel.

COVID-19: Modi govt's flip flop way of working

COVID-19: Modi govt's flip flop way of working

Rediff.com3 May 2020

'The Union government does not have much of a governance function other than to send orders.' 'But even the sending down of orders it cannot do properly,' observes Aakar Patel.

What India will we wake up to on May 4?

What India will we wake up to on May 4?

Rediff.com21 Apr 2020

'One hopes that it is for the better that this disaster alters our reality from the morning of May 4,' notes Aakar Patel.

Was India underprepared for a lockdown?

Was India underprepared for a lockdown?

Rediff.com14 Apr 2020

India is going into the longest lockdown in the world, with the least amount of notice given to its people and the least preparation by its government.

Why is India in lockdown?

Why is India in lockdown?

Rediff.com1 Apr 2020

The answer cannot be that we will beat the disease at the end of the 21 days. And the answer cannot be that it is to halt the spread because the spread is going to happen anyway, notes Aakar Patel.

India has no defence against coronavirus

India has no defence against coronavirus

Rediff.com25 Mar 2020

One third of all Indians live in one room. Another one third lives in 2 rooms. They cannot self quarantine or isolate and if infected they will pass it on to others. It is impossible for India to control an epidemic, warns Aakar Patel.

India learns the hard way

India learns the hard way

Rediff.com18 Mar 2020

No nation is fully sovereign to do what it wants to do in the face of opposition from others, points out Aakar Patel.

What has Modi's ultra-nationalism given India?

What has Modi's ultra-nationalism given India?

Rediff.com12 Mar 2020

'Modi has presided over an ultra-nationalism that has stunted India's growth, been unable to change the country's external situation, brought foreign intervention into Indian affairs,' explains Aakar Patel.

What's the big deal about Parasite?

What's the big deal about Parasite?

Rediff.com7 Mar 2020

'Are we too close as well-off Indians, all with servants and drivers and tuition teachers ourselves, to be able to understand why it is all so awful?', asks Aakar Patel.

Has Modi given up on the economy?

Has Modi given up on the economy?

Rediff.com5 Mar 2020

'The government has given up its focus on economic growth because it it not something Modi has been able to fully understand.' 'This explains the extraordinary focus on divisive politics by the BJP even at a time when the world's most important man in visiting India,' notes Aakar Patel.

Make in India is not a strategy, it is a logo

Make in India is not a strategy, it is a logo

Rediff.com28 Feb 2020

'Modi's strategy to redesign India's economy was Make in India, but that has flopped,' says Aakar Patel.

Should the Opposition make Kejriwal its leader?

Should the Opposition make Kejriwal its leader?

Rediff.com27 Feb 2020

'He is wily and has everything that a political leader needs to succeed at that level.' 'He would be outstanding as a counter to Modi in the Lok Sabha, if he had the Opposition benches behind him,' says Aakar Patel.

Trump has no real affection for India

Trump has no real affection for India

Rediff.com23 Feb 2020

'The best thing that Modi can hope for in this visit is that he is able to mobilise Indians in America to vote Republican and try and help Trump return to power,' argues Aakar Patel.

What the Supreme Court chooses to hear and not hear

What the Supreme Court chooses to hear and not hear

Rediff.com12 Feb 2020

'Do the Muslims of India think that they are receiving justice from their nation and particularly from the Supreme Court?'

When, o, when will PM shift from ideology to economy?

When, o, when will PM shift from ideology to economy?

Rediff.com6 Feb 2020

'India is growing at the lowest rate in the last decade.' 'If it continues in that path then the jobs and prosperity that has been promised by this government and on the basis of which it was voted in, will continue to elude us,' says Aakar Patel.

Why politicians are keeping away from CAA protests

Why politicians are keeping away from CAA protests

Rediff.com31 Jan 2020

Why are the protesters still on their own and why are political parties abstaining from joining this mass movement? Aakar Patel explains.

Why these anti-CAA protests are historic

Why these anti-CAA protests are historic

Rediff.com20 Jan 2020

'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.

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