All stories by Aakar Patel
Modiji, whatever happened to competing with China?Rediff.com6 days ago
Now we must first compete with Bangladesh. This is not what we had been promised, notes Aakar Patel.
Does Modi want to FIX the Economy?Rediff.com17 Oct 2020
The problem is major, and the problem affects hundreds of millions of people. Ignoring it must have a sound reason. Ignoring it must in some way be more important than addressing it, notes Aakar Patel.
When will India become a rule of law nation?Rediff.com7 Oct 2020
The expectation is that the government will not abuse its authority and that a political party not misuse the State. What we are seeing today is the clear evidence that this is not enough, argues Aakar Patel.
Why every Indian should be worriedRediff.com24 Sep 2020
Even with more power against the individual than any other modern democratic nation, the Indian government seeks more. Such laws do not exist elsewhere in the civilised world, observes Aakar Patel.
If Jaishankar's diagnosis is correct, what stops him from correcting it?Rediff.com14 Sep 2020
'What Jaishankar says is simplistic.' 'The past does not matter that much.' 'If we think that it does it is because we are not good enough at running the nation competently today and are searching for excuses why,' argues Aakar Patel.
Ladakh crisis: Why doesn't Modi speak to Xi?Rediff.com7 Sep 2020
'It is astonishing that such a serious issue be handled in so casual and cavalier a fashion, but this has become what is expected of this government,' observes Aakar Patel.
Why the lockdown has failed in IndiaRediff.com31 Aug 2020
'India is the only large nation along with Argentina whose numbers have continuously and without a break risen from March,' observes Aakar Patel.
Is Sushant's death more important than India's crises?Rediff.com26 Aug 2020
'I cannot remember a time in my life when we had such economic strife, such levels of unemployment, a national epidemic and the enemy inside our house and such little interest in these and a focus on Bollywood and temples and such things,' notes Aakar Patel.
I-Day Speech: Why was Modi silent about China?Rediff.com17 Aug 2020
'He spoke about 20 jawans in Ladakh, but he couldn't even name China.' 'He said the world had seen what had been achieved, even though we Indians don't know because Modi has himself said that nothing had happened and nobody had come,' points out Aakar Patel.
Why the Indian media has got a Hindutva edgeRediff.com12 Aug 2020
'A decade ago, even though the sentiment might have been felt in large parts of the media, it was not expressed.' 'There was a reserve and there was a culture that adhered to the principles expressed in the Constitution,' observes Aakar Patel.
Modi and the art of event managementRediff.com29 Jul 2020
Aakar Patel looks forward to Prime Minister Modi's speech at the bhoomi pujan for the Ram temple in Ayodhya next week. It will be entertaining and stirring, predicts Aakar, and make lots of promises that he most likely won't be able to keep.
Modi and the problem of 2 minute presentationsRediff.com24 Jul 2020
'It won't be easy to undo the damage that has been done to the economy by the lockdown and the solution will not come from two minute presentations,' observes Aakar Patel.
Has India ever seen multiple crises like these?Rediff.com11 Jul 2020
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?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 TravelledRediff.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?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 2021Rediff.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 necessaryRediff.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 anymoreRediff.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?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 todayRediff.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!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 workingRediff.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?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?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?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 coronavirusRediff.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 wayRediff.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?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?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?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 logoRediff.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?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 IndiaRediff.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 hearRediff.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?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 protestsRediff.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 historicRediff.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 IndiaRediff.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 BrexitRediff.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.